Chinese Foreign Policy

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

Title:

 Chinese premier: South China Sea installations 'primarily' civilian

Author:

Glenda Kwek, Agence France-Presse

Source:

http://news.abs-cbn.com/focus/03/24/17/chinese-premier-south-china-sea-installations-primarily-civilian

Date:

 March 25, 2017

Description:

China is not militarizing the disputed South China Sea, the country's premier said Friday in Australia, claiming defense equipment Beijing has installed on artificial islands is "primarily" for civilian use.

Tags: News, South China Sea, Li Keqiang, Militarization of Islands

Title:

 Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying's Regular Press Conference on March 14, 2017

Author:

Hua Chunying

Source:

Foreign Minisitry of PRC

Date:

 March 14, 2017

Description:

Q: Could you talk about the specific arrangement for Vice Premier Wang Yang's visit? Will he meet with President Rodrigo Duterte? What will be the main agenda items? A: Vice Premier Wang Yang will pay an official visit to the Philippines from March 16 to 19. During the visit, he will meet with President Duterte, hold talks with the economic management team of the cabinet of the Philippines, address the opening ceremony of the China-ASEAN Year of Tourism and deliver a keynote speech at the opening ceremony of the China-Philippines Economic and Trade Forum. President Duterte paid a successful visit to China last October and China-Philippines relations have been turned around. We have seen an upward momentum in the development of China-Philippines relations, as the two countries deepen their political mutual trust, conduct practical cooperation across the board and resume dialogue and cooperation on maritime issues, delivering tangible benefits to the people of both countries and facilitating regional peace and stability. Last week, Chinese Minister of Commerce Zhong Shan visited the Philippines, where he chaired the 28th Conference of China-Philippines Joint Committee of Trade and Economy and met with six Philippine cabinet ministers, including the Finance Minister, reaching extensive consensus on practical cooperation between the two countries in various fields. We believe Vice Premier Wang Yang's visit will further enhance mutual trust between China and the Philippines, deepen China-Philippines good neighborliness and friendship, advance practical cooperation between the two countries in various fields and take China-Philippines relations to a new level. Q: Regarding media reports about Chinese survey ships cruising waters near the "Benham Rise", Philippine President Duterte said yesterday that those were just research vessels and have not intruded waters of the Philippines. The Philippines and China had reached common understanding on this and the Philippine side had been notified by the Chinese side. As things are going great, the Philippines and China should not fight about ownership and sovereignty. How does the Chinese side comment? A: China welcomes and commends relevant remarks by President Duterte. As he said, China and the Philippines have already communicated and had a friendly exchange of views on the relevant issue, clarified the facts and appropriately handled the issue. I wish to reiterate that China fully respects the Philippines' rights over the continental shelf in the "Benham Rise" and there is no such thing of China challenging those rights. But the basic principle of international law says that the EEZ and the continental shelf do not equate with territories, and a littoral state's exercise of rights over the continental shelf should not hamper such rights as freedom of navigation enjoyed by other countries under international law. Currently, under the concerted efforts of China and the Philippines, the bilateral relationship is developing with a sound momentum and practical cooperation in various areas is picking up speed. This is in line with the common interests and aspiration of the two peoples. From China's point of view, we attach great importance to the good neighborly and friendly partnership with the Philippines, and stand ready to work with the Philippines to implement the two Presidents' consensus of " upholding good neighborly and friendly cooperation, appropriately handling differences, and pursuing common development", bear in mind the larger picture of bilateral relations, continue to enhance mutual understanding and mutual trust, deepen friendly cooperation, and strive for the continued, sound and steady development of bilateral relations.

Tags: Philippines-China Relations, Benham Rise, Wang Yang

Title:

 China plans 1st structure on disputed South China Sea shoal

Author:

Associated Press

Source:

Star Tribune

Date:

 March 17, 2017

Description:

China plans to build the first permanent structure on a South China Sea shoal at the heart of a territorial dispute with the Philippines, in a move likely to renew concerns over Beijing's robust assertions of its claims in the strategically crucial waterbody. The top official in Sansha City that has administered China's island claims since 2012 was quoted by the official Hainan Daily newspaper as saying that preparations were underway to build an environmental monitoring station on Scarborough Shoal off the northwestern Philippines.

Tags: South China Sea, Philippines-China Relations, Duterte Foreign Policy, Wang Yang, Xiao Jie

Title:

 China claims right to decide on Scarborough's fate

Author:

Patricia Lourdes Viray

Source:

The Philippine Star

Date:

 March 13, 2017

Description:

MANILA, Philippines — Ignoring the arbitral ruling anew, Beijing insisted that it is within their sovereignty what to do with Scarborough (Panatag) Shoal following reports that Americans stopped them from reclaiming the Filipino fishing ground.

Tags: News, Scarborough Shoal, Territorial Disputes

Title:

 Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang

Author:

Jaime Pilapil

Source:

The Manila Times

Date:

 March 12, 2017

Description:

BEIJING has denied intruding into Philippine territory, saying Chinese survey vessels did not explore the Benham Rise region off Aurora Province last year, but cast doubt on Manila’s hold on the undersea area. Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said Chinese vessels merely passed through international waters.

Tags: News, Benham Rise, Chinese Foreign Ministry

Title:

 China-Philippines Relations: Beijing Rejects Manila’s Concerns Over Chinese Ships Incident

Author:

Vishakha Sonawane

Source:

International Business Times

Date:

 March 10, 2017

Description:

China rejected Friday claims made by the Philippines that Beijing sent survey ships into the latter’s 200-nautical mile exclusive economic zone. On Thursday, the Philippines Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said Chinese ships were found in recent months near its coast and a warship was spotted 70 miles off its western coast in the South China Sea. Lorenzana said satellite images showed Chinese ships for three months in 2016 in Benham Rise, an area the United Nations has declared a territory of the Philippines' continental shelf.

Tags: Philippines-China Relations, Benham Rise