Chinese Foreign Policy

Title:

 Xi vows to surmount obstacles for "new era" of China's prosperity

Author:

Takuya Karube

Source:

KYODO NEWS

Date:

October 18, 2017

Description:

China has entered a "new era" of prosperity and there should be no tolerance for any actions that may obstruct the promising future unfolding, President Xi Jinping said Wednesday, as he opened the Communist Party's twice-a-decade congress to enter his second term, possibly with much stronger power.

Tags: Commentary, Xi Jinping, Analysis, China's 19th National Congress

Title:

 Beijing Adopts New Tactic for S. China Sea Claims

Author:

Bill Gertz

Source:

The Washington Free Beacon

Date:

 September 21, 2017

Description:

The Chinese government recently unveiled a new legal tactic to promote Beijing's aggressive claim to own most of the strategic South China Sea. The new narrative that critics are calling "lawfare," or legal warfare, involves a shift from China's so-called "9-Dash Line" ownership covering most of the sea. The new lawfare narrative is called the "Four Sha"—Chinese for sand—and was revealed by Ma Xinmin, deputy director general in the Foreign Ministry's department of treaty and law, during a closed-door meeting with State Department officials last month.

Tags: South China Sea, Arbitration, Philippines-China Relations, West Philippine Sea, Nine Dash Line, Lawfare

Title:

 China vows to continue support for ASEAN community building

Author:

Editor: Xiang Bo

Source:

Xinhua

Date:

September 6, 2017

Description:

Chinese Commerce Minister Zhong Shan (L) shakes hands with Singapore's Minister of Trade and Industry Lim Hng Kiang on the sidelines of the ASEAN Economic Ministers' Meeting and related meetings in Pasay City, the Philippines, Sept. 8, 2017. China's minister of commerce said Friday the country will continue to extend support for ASEAN community building and prioritize its trade cooperation with ASEAN countries. (Xinhua/Rouelle Umali)

Tags: China-ASEAN Expo, 49th ASEAN Economic Ministers’ Meeting

Title:

 As World Watches Kim, China Quietly Builds South China Sea Clout

Author:

Jason Koutsoukis and Dan Murtaugh

Source:

Bloomberg

Date:

Seotember 6, 2017

Description:

As Kim Jong Un’s antics in North Korea capture global attention, China is quietly moving to bolster its grip on disputed territory in the South China Sea. Last month, a Philippine lawmaker released photos he said showed Chinese fishing, coast guard and navy vessels surrounding a Philippine-occupied isle in the Spratly island chain, preventing planned repairs to a runway. Vietnam in July halted drilling in an area leased to Spain’s Repsol S.A, amid reports it did so under Chinese duress.

Tags: South China Sea, Duterte Foreign Policy, ASEAN-China Relations, North Korea, Le Thi Thu Hang, Lu Kang

Title:

 China’s Xi Jinping, Li Keqiang to visit PHL as ties enter ‘new era’ —Beijing envoy

Author:

Michaela Del Callar

Source:

GMA News

Date:

September 5, 2017 

Description:

Chinese President Xi Jinping is planning to make his first-ever state visit to the Philippines next year while Chinese Premier Li Keqiang will fly to the country for an official visit and to attend the ASEAN summit in November as relations between the once-hostile Asian neighbors enter a "new era," Beijing's top envoy to Manila said. "Ever since President Duterte took office, our relationship has dramatically improved. Relations, cooperations have entered into a new era, so we need to continue to properly handle the disputes that we have," Chinese Ambassador Zhao Jianhua told journalists at a diplomatic reception Monday evening.

Tags: Philippines, South China Sea, Zhao Jianhua, Xi Jinping, State Visit

Title:

 South China Sea situation has stabilized – China

Author:

Roy Mabasa

Source:

Manila Bulletin

Date:

August 13, 2017

Description:

From Beijing’s perspective, the real progress made during the recently concluded 50th Association of Southeast Asian Nations Foreign Ministers’ Meeting (AMM) and Related Meetings hosted by Manila is that under the joint efforts of China and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) member-countries, the situation in the South China Sea has been stabilized. This was pointed out by Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi as he expressed his views on the outcome of the meetings attended by foreign ministers and senior officials from the 10 ASEAN member-countries and its dialogue partners which include China.

Tags: South China Sea, Wang Yi, ASEAN Summit 2017, ASEAN Foreign Ministers Meeting 2017

Title:

 China claims ASEAN statement not hitting them

Author:

Paterno Esmaquel II

Source:

Rappler

Date:

August 8, 2017

Description:

MANILA, Philippines – China claimed that the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) was not criticizing them when the regional bloc issued a statement raising concerns about the island building and militarization in the disputed South China Sea.

Tags: News, Island Construction, Militarization, Wang Yi, Territorial Disputes, Chinese Reclamation, ASEAN Foreign Ministers Meeting 2017

Title:

 CHINA'S MILITARY LAUNCHES WAR GAMES AS WARNING TO U.S., NORTH KOREA AMID NUCLEAR MISSILE CRISIS

Author:

Tom O'Connor

Source:

Newsweek

Date:

August 7, 2017

Description:

China has entered the tense seas off the Korean Peninsula with guns blazing, showing its military might at a time when Beijing has warned two belligerent rivals, the U.S. and North Korea, from further escalating their nuclear standoff. After closing off a 15,000-square-mile stretch of the East China Sea, the Chinese navy launched live-fire exercises Monday involving dozens of ships and submarines, more than 10 aircraft and a number of coastal troops in the Bohai Sea and Yellow Sea, according to the state-run Xinhua News Agency. The drill, which reportedly included both offensive and defensive maneuvers against targets in the air as well as on land and at sea, come during a season of anticipated heightened military activity from the U.S. and its regional allies, and less than two weeks after North Korea conducted its second intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) test. Both developments have frustrated Beijing's calls for peace in the region.

Tags: China-US Relations, Chinese Navy, North Korea, ICBMs

Title:

 These Days, All Roads Lead To Beijing

Author:

Peter Frankopan

Source:

The Huffington Post

Date:

July 28, 2017

Description:

When Chinese President Xi Jinping arrived in Astana, the capital of Kazakhstan, at the beginning of September 2013, few thought it was anything but another ordinary visit. Xi’s predecessor, Hu Jintao, had been to the Kazakh capital several times and usually talked about how he welcomed good relations with one of China’s neighbors to the west. But when Xi began his speech, it was obvious that something new was afoot. The Chinese president was offering more than the usual banal platitudes. He was talking about the future, and he was talking about a plan.

Tags: Commentary, Maritime Silk Road, Chinese Soft Power, One Belt One Road, Chinese Economy, Belt and Road Initiative, China's Economic Muscle

Title:

 What Are China's Military Ambitions?

Author:

Robert Bateman

Source:

Esqurie

Date:

July 20, 2017

Description:

Russia, we noted last month, is boxed in by the tyranny of hydrography. They really have no way to get out onto the surface of the deep blue sea that is not constrained by land, ice, or NATO. China, on the other hand, does have a long oceanic and ice-free coastline. But for similar reasons, has a bit of a problem, ocean-wise.

Tags: Commentary, Chinese Military, Chinese Military Overseas Base

Title:

 China rejects 'irresponsible' U.S. remarks on South China Sea

Author:

AFP

Source:

Rappler

Date:

June 5, 2017 

Description:

China has expressed "firm opposition" to remarks made by US Pentagon chief Jim Mattis during a regional defense summit over the weekend, after he criticized Beijing's "militarization" of the South China Sea. Washington has repeatedly expressed concerns that China's development of artificial islands in the region poses a threat to freedom of navigation through its waters, a major artery for international trade.

Tags: China-US Relations

Title:

 China lauds PH move on territorial dispute

Author:

Roy Mabasa

Source:

Manila Bulletin

Date:

July 14, 2017 

Description:

China lauded the Philippines for upholding an independent diplomatic policy and has expressed agreement with the Duterte administration’s statement which stressed that territorial disputes should be resolved in the spirit of good neighborliness. In a press briefing, Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Geng Shuang said the China-Philippines relations have taken an upturn for the past one year.

Tags: South China Sea, Arbitration, Philippines-China Relations, Arbitration Award, Duterte Foreign Policy, Geng Shuang