Chinese Foreign Policy

Title:

 China's 2017 defense budget rise to slow again

Author:

Michael Martina and Philip Wen

Source:

Reuters

Date:

 March 4, 2017

Description:

Defying pressure for a strong increase in defense spending, China said on Saturday its military budget this year would grow about 7 percent, its slowest pace since 2010. Last year, with China's economy slowing, the defense budget recorded its lowest increase in six years, 7.6 percent, the first single-digit rise since 2010, following a nearly unbroken two-decade run of double-digit increases.

Tags: Military Modernization, Chinese Military, Defese Budget

Title:

 Chinese official reaffirms Phl-China ties with Rody

Author:

Christina Mendez

Source:

The Philippine Star

Date:

January 19, 2017 

Description:

MANILA, Philippines - Chinese Foreign Vice Minister Liu Zhenmin’s visit to President Duterte at Malacañang last Tuesday was merely to reaffirm bilateral commitments, presidential spokesman Ernesto Abella said yesterday. Abella said the note verbale issued by the Department of Foreign Affairs against the presence of China’s weapons systems in the disputed South China Sea did not crop up during the visit of the top Chinese official.

Tags: South China Sea, Arbitration, Philippines-China Relations, West Philippine Sea, Liu Zhenmin

Title:

 Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying's Regular Press Conference on January 16, 2016

Author:

Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying

Source:

MOFA People's Republic of China

Date:

January 16, 2017 

Description:

Q: Philippine President Duterte delivered a speech at the launching ceremony of the Philippines’ exertion of ASEAN rotating chairmanship on January 15, saying that the Philippines would stay committed to visions and values held dear by ASEAN and strove to achieve the common goal under its presidency. How do you comment? A: We have seen relevant reports. The Chinese government always gives priority to ASEAN in developing neighborhood diplomacy, staunchly supporting the building of the ASEAN community, ASEAN centrality in regional cooperation and a greater role by ASEAN in international and regional affairs. This year marks the 50th birthday of ASEAN and is designated as the China-ASEAN year of tourism cooperation. We are ready to step up dialogue and communication with ASEAN, make the year of tourism cooperation a success, forge new pillars of cultural and people-to-people cooperation, deepen mutually beneficial cooperation across the board, and bring fresh driving force to China-ASEAN cooperation. Situation in the South China Sea has eased up thanks to the joint efforts by China and ASEAN countries. We are willing to work with ASEAN countries to focus on development and cooperation as we always do, properly handle disputes, devote ourselves to upholding the overall interests of China-ASEAN relations and promote regional peace, stability and prosperity. China is poised to support the Philippines fulfilling its role as the ASEAN rotating chair, and move forward the building of the ASEAN community and China-ASEAN relations.

Tags: China-ASEAN Relations, Philippines-China Relations, ASEAN 2017

Title:

 Chinese envoy welcomes Philippines' ASEAN chairmanship, says China to remain ally of ASEAN

Author:

Lilian C. Mellejor, Philippines News Agency

Source:

InterAksyon.com

Date:

January 16, 2016 

Description:

DAVAO CITY, Philippines -- The People’s Republic of China will remain a firm ally of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) as it welcomed the Philippines taking the leadership of the ten-member group. This support even extends to the maritime security and cooperation that the ASEAN included in its six thematic priorities. This was emphasized by Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines Zhao Jianhua in an interview on the sidelines of the launching of the Philippines’ chairmanship of the ASEAN 2017 held Sunday at the SMX Convention Center in Davao City

Tags: Zhao Jianhua, China-ASEAN Relations, Philippines-China Relations, ASEAN 2017

Title:

 Full text: China's Policies on Asia-Pacific Security Cooperation

Author:

Xinhua

Source:

Xinhua.net

Date:

 January 11, 2017

Description:

Visions guide actions, and to solve new problems new visions are required. Old security concepts based on the Cold War mentality, zero-sum game, and stress on force are outdated given the dynamic development of regional integration. In the new circumstances, all countries should keep up with the times, strengthen solidarity and cooperation with openness and inclusiveness, make security vision innovations, work to improve regional security systems and explore a new path for Asian security.

Tags: China, South China Sea, Southeast Asia

Title:

 China's Maritime Strategy on the Horizon

Author:

Tuan N. Pham

Source:

The Diplomat

Date:

 November 24, 2016

Description:

Last July, I authored an article titled “America Has a Chance to Beat Back China’s South China Sea (SCS) Strategy,” highlighting an aggressive Chinese public relations (PR) campaign throughout the region and across the globe to influence world opinions and present Beijing’s legal and political positions in the SCS. I suggested that the PR shift may be part of larger Chinese recalibration of its assertive (and oftentimes unilateral) actions in the SCS to meet the mounting unfavorable geopolitical conditions and regional trends (at that time). I then asked what the PR shift reveals about Beijing’s developing maritime strategy, and, more importantly, what could Washington do to shape and influence that strategy? In this follow-on article, I further assess the evolving strategy and outline how Washington could respond.

Tags: Commentary, South China Sea, US-China Relations, Big Powers

Title:

 China jurisdiction over Scarborough Shoal ‘unchanged’

Author:

By People’s Daily

Source:

Manila Bulletin

Date:

 November 1, 2016

Description:

China still exercises jurisdiction over Huangyan Island (Scarborough Shoal or Panatag Shoal) in the South China Sea, a spokesperson said Monday, October 31, following media reports that Chinese coast guard had recently allowed Philippine fishermen to fish nearby. Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying told a regular news briefing that “the jurisdiction status will not change.”

Tags: News, Scarborough Shoal, Territorial Disputes, Fishing Disputes, Chinese Foreign Ministry

Title:

 Beijing under no illusion Manila will pivot away from Washington

Author:

Chong Koh Ping

Source:

The Jakarta Post

Date:

October 24, 2016

Description:

Chinese media and officials are silent on Philippine President Duterte's effusive praise of China and his remarks on "separation from the US." While Beijing has laid out the red carpet for Rodrigo Duterte this week, and returned the embrace of the Philippine President, it is under no illusion that Manila will pivot away from Washington.

Tags: Philippines-China Relations, Philippines-US Relations, Duterte, Duterte Foreign Policy, Duterte's Beijing Visit 2016

Title:

 China's arms are open for friendship & cooperation with Philippines

Author:

CNTV

Source:

CNTV

Date:

October 19, 2016 

Description:

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte arrived in Beijing Tuesday evening, beginning his four-day visit to China. Choosing China as the first country outside the ASEAN since taking office in June, Duterte makes the visit amid a backdrop of deteriorating China-Philippines ties, due to the unilateral filing of the South China Sea arbitration case initiated by his predecessor Benigno Aquino III against China. Duterte will meet his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping, Premier Li Keqiang, and top legislator Zhang Dejiang, according to China's Foreign Ministry. "This is a historic visit, and presents an opportunity for relations between China and the Philippines to restart on a fresh, more positive footing," said Foreign Minister Wang Yi earlier on Tuesday.

Tags: Philippines-China Relations, Wang Yi, Duterte, Duterte Foreign Policy

Title:

 Duterte to set aside sea dispute during China trip

Author:

Alexis Romero

Source:

The Philippine Star

Date:

 October 10, 2016

Description:

MANILA, Philippines -- Days before leaving for a state visit to China, President Rodrigo Duterte said Monday he would set aside the Panatag (Scarborough) Shoal issue for now but vowed to ask the Chinese government to allow Filipino fishermen to go to the area.

Tags: News, territorial integrity, Philippines-China Relations, Duterte's Beijing Visit 2016

Title:

 Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Lu Kang's Regular Press Conference on September 19, 2016

Author:

Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Lu Kang

Source:

Consulate-General of the People's Republic of China in Houston

Date:

 September 19, 2016

Description:

Q: The Japanese Defense Minister visited Washington last week, pledging to participate in training exercises with the US in the South China Sea and saying that Japan would enhance cooperation with other countries surrounding the South China Sea. Do you have any response to this?
A: Japan has been acting abnormally on the South China Sea recently. As I said in a statement on July 28, we find Japan's refusal to acknowledge reality the most pathetic. We can see form the report you mentioned that the Japanese side still fails to acknowledge the irresistible trend of time, or shall we say that it is reluctant to do so. Let's take a look at the development of the South China Sea issue for a period of time. The South China Sea had remained tranquil all along, but certain differences that were under effective control in this region were picked up and highlighted by some non-regional countries. After being sidetracked, regional countries finally realized where their fundamental interests lie, agreeing to come back to regional consensus and properly deal with the South China Sea issue with the dual-track approach, namely peacefully resolving disputes through negotiation and consultation by countries directly concerned and jointly upholding peace and stability in this region by China and ASEAN countries. Following this spirit, the China-ASEAN foreign ministers' meeting in July issued a joint declaration on fully and effectively implementing the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the South China Sea (DOC), followed by an outcome document of the China-ASEAN leaders' meeting in September that pledges to fully and effectively implement the DOC and advance consultations in a substantive way so as to reach the code of conduct in the South China Sea (COC) based on consensus. These efforts reflect the common will of countries surrounding the South China Sea, and also represent the only viable path out of the South China Sea issue. Meanwhile, let's take a look at what Japan has done with all means to disorder the region. To start with, Japan launched a negative publicity campaign to stir up troubles in the South China Sea while claiming to represent the "international community". Realizing that few countries were on its side, Japan enlisted another seven or eight countries to cheer for its actions. When being increasingly isolated, Japan did not hesitate to play tricks and impose on relevant countries its own opinions, which were proven to be wrong immediately. I suggest Japan be mindful of two things. First, China is committed to safeguarding its territorial sovereignty and maritime rights and interests. Second, China and ASEAN countries are committed to properly handling the South China Sea issue through the dual-track approach.

Tags: South China Sea, China-Japan Relations, China-ASEAN Relations, Declaration of Conduct, Code of Conduct

Title:

 China has the power, now can ‘One Belt, One Road’ take it down the path to glory?

Author:

Jean-Pierre Lehmann

Source:

South China Morning Post

Date:

 September 15, 2016

Description:

As is well known, for a period of over a century, the erstwhile great Chinese empire – a source of admiration and inspiration for centuries – underwent an era of humiliation. Since the reforms in the late 1970s and early 1980s under the leadership of Deng Xiaoping ( 鄧小平 ), China’s economic fortunes have been greatly restored. When China speaks, the entire planet listens – a quite dramatic contrast with not many decades ago when it was shunned and marginalised by the international market and community.

Tags: Commentary, One Road One Belt, Belt and Road Initiative