Philippine Foreign Policy

Title:

 Duterte Wants to Pivot to China—but the Law May Prevent This

Author:

Richard Javad Heydarian

Source:

The National Interest

Date:

August 6. 2017

Description:

Under President Rodrigo Duterte, the Philippines continues its pivot to China in earnest. In his second State of the Nation Address (SONA) on July 24 , the firebrand Filipino leader lashed out yet again at Western countries, namely the European Union and the United States, for criticizing his controversial war on drugs, which has been condemned by human rights groups at home and around the world.

Tags: Commentary, South China Sea, UNCLOS, Oil and gas, Territorial Disputes

Title:

 Del Rosario anti-China ‘think tank’ allied with US lobby group, and backed by Philex Salim/MVP

Author:

Rigoberto Tiglao

Source:

The Manila Times

Date:

 July 21, 2017

Description:

FORMER President Aquino’s foreign affairs secretary, Alberto del Rosario, who pushed for the international suit against China over the South China Sea disputes, is now openly linked to a US think tank and lobby group, the Washington-based Bower Group Asia. Del Rosario in May set up his pompously named “Albert del Rosario Institute for Strategic and International Studies” (ADRI) supposedly to undertake research on “issues affecting the Philippines and East Asia.” So far, it has been Del Rosario’s venue for defending Aquino and his move to pursue the arbitration case against China over the South China Sea issue and to paint China as an expansionist bully in the region.

Title:

 Philippine politicians to learn CPC methods

Author:

Leng Shumei

Source:

Global Times

Date:

July 20, 2017 

Description:

The Philippines' ruling political party is working with the Communist Party of China (CPC) to learn from the latter's experience in training and managing Party members, media reported. The Partido Demokratikong Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) is in discussions with the CPC for cooperation on party building, including having the members of PDP-Laban learn the ways and ideology of the CPC, the Philippine Daily Inquirer newspaper reported Wednesday.

Tags: Philippines-China Relations, Communist Party of China

Title:

 Philippines’ Duterte will keep close ties with China

Author:

Xue Li

Source:

Global Times

Date:

July 19, 2017

Description:

After taking power in June 2016, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte quickly adjusted his country's strategy toward China, normalizing relations and warming up bilateral economic ties within a very short period of time. In just one year, the Philippines has reversed its marginalized position on the road map for China's Belt and Road initiative. From past experience, many Chinese scholars worry that Duterte's current China policy may change again and thus disapprove of spending too many strategic resources on the country.

Tags: Commentary, Philippines-China Relations, Duterte Foreign Policy

Title:

 China is helping redevelop what was once the US’s largest overseas military base

Author:

Therese Reyes

Source:

Quartz

Date:

July 19, 2017

Description:

It has been 26 years since the US military, prodded by a volcanic eruption, left Clark Air Base in the Philippines. But signs of its stay, which lasted over eight decades, remain. The site follows city planning established by Americans, complete with barn-style houses lining some roads. Still present are old barracks, the parade grounds, and a veterans’ cemetery for US and Filipino soldiers and their families.

Tags: News, Chinese Investments in PH, PH-China Economic Relations, Chinese Soft Power, China's Economic Muscle

Title:

 Energy department awaits go-ahead on oil drilling in West Philippine Sea Read more: http://globalnation.inquirer.net/158794/energy-department-awaits-go-ahead-oil-drilling-west-philippine-sea#ixzz4o5kDqgqJ Follow us: @inquirerdotnet on Twitter | inquirerdotnet on Facebook

Author:

Ronnel W. Domingo

Source:

Inquirer.net

Date:

July 14, 2017

Description:

The Department of Energy (DOE) is ready to resume drilling for oil and natural gas on Recto Bank in the West Philippine Sea, but when work will restart is up to the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), which suspended the exploration in 2014 as the Philippines pursued international arbitration to resolve a territorial dispute with China.

Tags: News, Economic, Oil and gas

Title:

 Duterte: More arms coming from China, but no military alliance

Author:

Philip C. Tubeza

Source:

Inquirer.net

Date:

July 12, 2017

Description:

China will deliver another shipment of arms and ammunition to the Philippines in September, President Rodrigo Duterte announced on Wednesday. He made it clear, however, that the Philippines could not enter into a military alliance with other nations because this would violate the Mutual Defense Treaty signed by the Philippines and the United States in 1951.

Tags: News, Military Cooperation, Philippine Military, Chinese Military, Philippines-China Military Cooperation

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<dd><h4><span class="uk-icon uk-icon-external-link"></span> <a href="http://news.abs-cbn.com/news/05/22/17/duterte-renames-benham-rise-to-philippine-rise" target="_blank">Duterte renames 'Benham Rise' to 'Philippine Rise'</a></h4></dd>

 

<dt><p><strong>Author:</strong></p></dt>

<dd><p>Dharel Placido </p></dd>

 

<dt><p><strong>Source:</strong></p></dt>

<dd><p>ABS-CBN News</p></dd>

 

<dt><p><strong>Date:</strong></p></dt>

<dd><p>2017-05-22</p></dd>

 

<dt><p><strong>Description:</strong></p></dt>

<dd>MANILA – President Rodrigo Duterte has officially renamed Benham Rise to “Philippine Rise,” in an apparent bid to assert the country’s sovereignty over the resource-rich waters amid alleged incursions by Chinese ships.</dd></dl>

Tags: News, Benham Rise, Duterte Foreign Policy, Philippine Rise

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<dd><h4><span class="uk-icon uk-icon-external-link"></span> <a href="http://www.rappler.com/nation/170516-dfa-urged-protest-china-war-threat" target="_blank">DFA urged to file protest over China's war threat</a></h4></dd>

 

<dt><p><strong>Author:</strong></p></dt>

<dd><p>Rappler.com</p></dd>

 

<dt><p><strong>Source:</strong></p></dt>

<dd><p>Rappler.com</p></dd>

 

<dt><p><strong>Date:</strong></p></dt>

<dd><p>2017-05-21</p></dd>

 

<dt><p><strong>Description:</strong></p></dt>

<dd>MANILA, Philippines – Senator Francis Pangilinan urged newly-appointed Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano to file a diplomatic protest against China for threatening war against the Philippines over the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea) dispute.</dd></dl>

Tags: News, Philippine Secretary of Foreign Affairs, Alan Peter Cayetano

Title:

 Duterte tells China's Xi: Let's keep communication lines open

Author:

Dharel Placido

Source:

ABS-CBN News

Date:

May 16, 2017 

Description:

President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday told Chinese President Xi Jinping that the two countries must always keep communication lines open amid an ongoing dispute over the South China Sea. During his bilateral meeting with Xi, Duterte underscored the strengthening of ties between Manila and Beijing, which has been strained by the conflict.

Tags: Duterte Foreign Policy

Title:

 De Venecia proposes joint exploration, development in Spratlys

Author:

Roy Canivel

Source:

Inquirer

Date:

May 15, 2017 

Description:

Philippine special envoy Jose de Venecia Jr. on Sunday called for joint exploration and development in the Spratly Islands as lawmakers at home cautioned the administration of President Duterte against entering into such “megadeals” with China, as these might compromise Manila’s stake in the maritime dispute with Beijing in the South China Sea.

Tags: Gloria Arroyo, Bilateral Cooperation, South China Sea, Economic, Jose de Venecia Jr.

Title:

 PH can’t forge VFA with China—Carpio

Author:

Philip C. Tubeza

Source:

Inquirer.net

Date:

 May 11, 2017

Description:

The Philippines cannot yet forge a visiting forces agreement (VFA) with China because of the dispute over the West Philippine Sea, Supreme Court Associate Justice Antonio Carpio said on Wednesday.

Tags: News, Justice Carpio, VFA with China

Title:

 PH can’t forge VFA with China—Carpio

Author:

Philip C. Tubeza

Source:

Inquirer.net

Date:

 May 11, 2017

Description:

The Philippines cannot yet forge a visiting forces agreement (VFA) with China because of the dispute over the West Philippine Sea, Supreme Court Associate Justice Antonio Carpio said on Wednesday.

Tags: News, Justice Carpio, VFA with China