Chinese Foreign Policy

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

Title:

 The South China Sea Arbitration: Turning Point in Chinese Foreign Policy?

Author:

Li Mingjiang

Source:

RSIS Commentary

Date:

 August 12, 2016

Description:

The repercussions of the South China Sea arbitration go far beyond China’s strategic and security relations in the Asia Pacific region. They may actually resemble the impact that some difficult issues such as human rights and the Taiwan question have had on China’s foreign relations.

Tags: South China Sea, Arbitration, Taiwan, Philippines-China Relations, Cross-strait relations

Title:

 China's reef construction helps with ecology in S. China Sea

Author:

Lin Yongxin

Source:

China.org.cn

Date:

 August 10, 2016

Description:

The international arbitration tribunal ruled against China's legitimate acts in the South China Sea on July 12, regardless of China's indisputable historical sovereignty over the islands and reefs in those waters. The ruling also accused China of disrupting the ecology and environment by construction activities on those islands.

Tags: Commentary, environment, Chinese Reclamation, Coral Reefs

Title:

  China offers to build Mindanao-wide railway system

Author:

Jonathan A. Santes

Source:

Manila Bulletin

Date:

 August 10, 2016

Description:

Davao City – The government of China is willing to fund the construction of a Mindanao-wide railway system, and has expressed its willingness to enter into a build-operate-transfer, public-private partnership or government-to-government contract with the Philippines just to make the vision for an inter-connected Mindanao a reality.

Tags: News, Philippines-China Relations, Mindanao Railway

Title:

 Philippines envoy 'optimistic' about ice breaking China trip

Author:

Venus Wu

Source:

Reuters

Date:

 August 9, 2016

Description:

Former Philippines President Fidel Ramos on Tuesday named the head of a Chinese government think-tank among the experts and officials he hoped to meet on a trip to rekindle ties with China soured by a maritime dispute in the South China Sea.

Tags: News, Fidel V Ramos

Title:

 Karaoke Diplomacy: Can Ramos Restore Philippine-China Relations?

Author:

Richard Javad Heydarian

Source:

The Huffington Post

Date:

 August 7, 2016

Description:

The year 2012 was not the first time that the Philippines lost a land feature in the South China Sea. The shock of creeping Chinese intrusion into Philippine-claimed waters came much earlier, specifically during the presidency of Fidel V. Ramos.

Tags: Commentary, Fidel V Ramos

Description:

The State Council Information Office of the People's Republic of China on Wednesday published a white paper titled "China Adheres to the Position of Settling Through Negotiation the Relevant Disputes Between China and the Philippines in the South China Sea". Following is the full text of the white paper:

Tags: South China Sea, Arbitration, Philippines-China Relations

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