Chinese Foreign Policy

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:

 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:

 Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Geng Shuang's Regular Press Conference on July 13, 2017

Author:

Geng Shuang

Source:

Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People's Republic of China

Date:

 July 13, 2017

Description:

Q: Yesterday, the Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs issued a statement on the first anniversary of the South China Sea arbitration. There are comments that the relevant content of this statement has signaled goodwill to the Chinese side and is conducive to further development of China-Philippine relations and regional peace and stability. What's your comment on that? A: I have stated China's principled position yesterday. Today, I should emphasize again that, we agree with the Philippines' statement which stressed territorial dispute should be resolved in the spirit of good neighborliness. At the same time, we also applaud and support the Philippines in upholding an independent diplomatic policy. For over one year, the China-Philippines relations have taken an upturn. The two sides have come back to the right track of settlement through dialogue, consultation and negotiation, established the China-Philippines bilateral consultation mechanism on the South China Sea issue, and successfully held the first meeting of such mechanism in May. With the concerted efforts of China, the Philippines and other ASEAN countries, the situation in the South China Sea has stabilized and taken on a good trend, and the framework of the COC is also concluded. These positive developments conform to the common interests of the two countries and peoples as well as the shared aspiration of regional countries, which marks an irresistible trend. While firmly upholding its territorial sovereignty and maritime rights and interests in the South China Sea, China has also been committed to peacefully resolving the relevant disputes through negotiation and consultation with countries directly concerned, the Philippines included, and working with the ASEAN countries to jointly uphold peace and stability in the South China Sea. China stands ready to continuously work with the Philippines to properly solve the South China Sea-related issues through dialogue and negotiation, and further create sound atmosphere for the development of China-Philippines relations and relevant cooperation.

Tags: Philippines, Arbitration, China-ASEAN Relations, Code of Conduct, Bilateral Consultation Mechanism

Title:

 China donates weapons to Philippines in battle against terrorism

Author:

AFP

Source:

ChannelNews Asia

Date:

 June 29, 2017

Description:

MANILA: China on Wednesday (Jun 28) donated thousands of guns to Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte to help Manila in its battle against Islamist gunmen who are holed up in a southern city. The small shipment of assault and sniper rifles and ammunition is the first example of Chinese military aid since Duterte threatened to move away from Manila's traditional ally America and seek Beijing's support. The weapons shipment, worth some 50 million yuan (US$7.35 million) "highlights the dawn of a new era in Philippine-Chinese relations", Duterte said.

Tags: Philippines-China Relations, Chinese MIlitary Aid, Terrorism

Title:

 China concerned over Rody order on SCS

Author:

Jaime Laude

Source:

The Philippine Star

Date:

 April 8, 2017

Description:

China has expressed concern over President Duterte’s directive to the military to occupy nine islands in the Spratlys under the Philippines’ control. Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying raised her country’s concern at a regular press briefing yesterday as Armed Forces of the Philippines chief Gen. Eduardo Año declared the military’s readiness to carry out Duterte’s order, as well as its plans to upgrade and improve facilities on islands already occupied by the AFP.

Tags: South China Sea, Spratlys, Hua Chunying

Title:

 China May Have Been Surveying Strategic Waters East of Philippines

Author:

Steven Stashwick

Source:

The Diplomat

Date:

 March 31, 2017

Description:

The Philippines Department of Foreign Affairs announced that China is seeking permission to conduct hydrographic surveys of the Benham Rise, an underwater plateau about 150 nautical miles to the east of the northern Philippine island of Luzon. Over the past month, a string of reports indicate that China may have already been surveying these waters without the permission of the Philippines, which has exclusive economic rights over the area. While survey activity may point to Chinese economic exploitation of the potentially resource-rich plateau, it could also indicate preparation for submarine operations in a future Western Pacific clash.

Tags: Commentary, China-US Relations, Benham Rise