Philippine Foreign Policy

Title:

 Russia-Philippines Defense Ties to Get a New Boost

Author:

Prashanth Parameswaran

Source:

The Diplomat

Date:

October 17, 2017

Description:

Last week, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte disclosed that Moscow would be donating some defense material to the Philippines later this month. The transfer, if it occurs as scheduled, will mark part of what is expected to be a bigger October boost for Russia-Philippines military ties.

Tags: News, Military Relations, Philippines-Russia Relations, Military Donations to PH

Title:

 Palace: Trump visit shows strained US-PH relations on the mend

Author:

Leila B. Salaverria

Source:

Inquirer.net

Date:

October 1, 2017

Description:

The announced visit to the Philippines by US President Donald Trump shows that relations between Manila and Washington, strained by President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs and his frequent anti-US tirades, are on the mend, Malacañang said on Saturday.

Tags: News, Philippines-US Relations, Donald Trump, ASEAN Summit 2017, Trump foreign policy

Title:

 Duterte warms up to US, seeks ‘friendly’ ties

Author:

Philip C. Tubeza

Source:

Inquirer.net

Date:

September 30, 2017

Description:

Despite his much-publicized pivot to China, President Duterte said he wanted to have “friendly” relations with the United States and said he would halt his foul-mouthed rants against Washington as the two treaty allies focused on fighting Islamic State (IS)-linked militants in the Philippines. Read more: http://globalnation.inquirer.net/160539/philippine-news-updates-global-nation-islamic-state-us-philippine-relations-diplomacy#ixzz4uXQNub9r Follow us: @inquirerdotnet on Twitter | inquirerdotnet on Facebook

Tags: News, Philippines-US Relations, Duterte Foreign Policy

Title:

 CHANGE OF HEART? Duterte on US: I’d rather be friendly to them now

Author:

Trisha Macas

Source:

GMA News

Date:

 September 28, 2017

Description:

President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday changed his rhetoric against the United States, saying this time that he'd "rather be friendly to them now." At an event in Eastern Samar to commemorate the 116th Balangiga Encounter Day, Duterte said the Americans, which he has lambasted many times in the past, have "redeemed themselves a lot." "There are so many factors involved but I'd rather be friendly to them now because aside from these episodes of, I said, sad incidents, overall I think the Americans also redeemed themselves a lot," he said.

Tags: Philippines-US Relations, Duterte Foreign Policy, Military assistance

Title:

 Chinese, Philippine FMs discuss bilateral ties

Author:

Xinhua

Source:

Xinhua

Date:

 September 21, 2017

Description:

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi on Wednesday met with his Philippine counterpart, Alan Peter Cayetano, and discussed their countries' relations. Under the guidance of the two heads of state, China-Philippine relations have maintained momentum for development, which is in the interests of the two peoples and has won the applause of the international community, including member countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), said Wang.

Tags: Philippines-China Relations, Wang Yi, Alan Peter Cayetano

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:

 Duterte: I’m not trying to please Chinese leader

Author:

Philip Tubeza

Source:

Inquirer

Date:

August 4, 2017 

Description:

President Duterte has assured that he wasn’t “trying to please” Chinese President Xi Jinping amid the South China Sea row, but admitted Manila has gained from its friendly relations with Beijing. The President recalled that he had insisted on the Philippine claim to the West Philippine Sea before Chinese leaders when he last visited Beijing in May.

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

Title:

 PH to push for interests in crafting of sea code of conduct - DFA

Author:

Dharel placido

Source:

ABSCBN News

Date:

 August 1, 2017

Description:

MANILA – The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Tuesday said the Philippines will push for its interests when it negotiates a binding code of conduct in the South China Sea with its regional neighbors, including major sea claimant China. DFA acting Spokesperson Robespierre Bolivar said ASEAN and China’s foreign ministers are expected to endorse the framework on the code of conduct when they meet in Manila on August 6.

Tags: South China Sea, China-ASEAN Relations, West Philippine Sea, Code of Conduct, Duterte's Beijing Visit 2016

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