Philippine Foreign Policy

Title:

 Defense chief plans to visit Filipino soldiers in West PH Sea

Author:

ABS CBN News

Source:

ABS CBN News

Date:

 January 9, 2017

Description:

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana is planning to visit soldiers manning military outposts in Philippine-occupied areas in the West Philippine Sea amid improved relations with China. "One of the plans of our SND (secretary of national defense) is to visit our troops there, in his convenient available time," Armed Forces of the Philippines chief Gen. Eduardo Año told reporters in an interview in Camp Aguinaldo on Sunday.

Tags: South China Sea, West Philippine Sea, Delfin Lorenzana

Title:

 Defense chief eyes to visit PH outposts in South China Sea Read more: https://globalnation.inquirer.net/151329/defense-chief-eyes-visit-ph-outposts-south-china-sea#ixzz4VJvN0c3h Follow us: @inquirerdotnet on Twitter | inquirerdotnet on Facebook

Author:

Frances Mangosing

Source:

Inquirer.net

Date:

 January 9, 2017

Description:

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana is planning to visit the troops manning the Philippine military outposts in the South China Sea this year amid warming relations between Philippines and China.

Tags: News, Spratlys, Territorial Disputes, Delfin Lorenzana

Title:

 China in our future

Author:

Cielo Habito

Source:

Inquirer.Net

Date:

 January 6, 2017

Description:

In a recent visit to our public market in Los Baños, Laguna, I decided to explore the shops surrounding the market itself. I found myself in a store surprisingly much larger inside than its unassuming facade would suggest, selling various kinds of cheap China-made goods including foodstuffs, clothes, personal articles and household fixtures. There seem to be numerous such stores in various parts of the country now, selling almost exclusively those cheap, everyday China-made goods. Some of them are rather large establishments that appear to be part of a chain of large variety stores. I’ve seen a few of these in different cities around the country, and have shopped in at least a couple of them. There are actually good buys to find in these places, especially items for which quality is not critical.

Tags: Commentary, AIIB, Philippines-China Relations, Chinese Economy, China's Rise

Title:

 Philippines no longer seen as ‘Trojan horse of the US’ – envoy to China

Author:

RT.com

Source:

RT.com

Date:

 January 3, 2017

Description:

Despite warming relations between the Philippines and China, Manila will not sever ties with its long time ally the United States, Philippines new envoy to China has said. The Philippines are undertaking “a strategic shift in foreign policy,” according to the country’s new ambassador to China Jose "Chito" Sta. Romana. The assurance comes despite the harsh, sometimes crude statements from Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte, which led many to believe that the Philippines leader had turned away from the US and was looking toward China.

Tags: Philippines-China Relations, Duterte, Duterte Foreign Policy, Ambassador Chito Sta. Romana

Title:

 Duterte vows to act if China 'siphons minerals' from South China Sea

Author:

Claire Jiao

Source:

CNN Philippines

Date:

December 30, 2016 

Description:

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — The government is prepared to assert its rightful claim if China moves to mine resources in parts of the South China Sea where the country has economic rights, President Rodrigo Duterte has said. In a one-on-one interview with CNN Philippines on Thursday, the President said he is ready to raise the arbitral ruling recognizing the country's economic rights over the potentially mineral-rich contested waters. "[I will bring up the ruling] during my time. I cannot let it pass na balewala na lang," Duterte said.

Tags: Arbitration, Philippines-China Relations, Philippines-US Relations, Duterte, Duterte Foreign Policy

Title:

 Philippines will address South China Sea issue as chair of ASEAN

Author:

Cliff Venzon

Source:

Nikkei

Date:

December 28, 2016 

Description:

MANILA -- The Philippines will keep the contentious South China Sea territorial issue on the agenda at the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) next year, but will also use its chairing of the 10-nation bloc to promote a major regional trade deal initiated by Beijing. "The South China Sea issue is always a concern that can be raised by any ASEAN member in light of the joint communique that we have already made," Perfecto Yasay, the Philippine foreign secretary, told the Nikkei Asian Review on Wednesday. "These issues can be brought up and we will be addressing them."

Tags: Arbitration, China-ASEAN Relations, Philippines-China Relations, Perfecto Yasay

Title:

 Will Duterte Really Abandon the U.S. for China?

Author:

Richard Javad Heydarian

Source:

National Interest

Date:

December 28, 2016 

Description:

The year 2016 has been a watershed for Philippine-American relations, in particular, and, in broader terms, for the Sino-American showdown in the South China Sea. At the center of this geopolitical hiccup is no less than the Philippines’ controversial and tough-talking leader Rodrigo Duterte, who has repeatedly threatened to end his country’s century-old military alliance with America. Disagreements over Duterte’s “war on drugs” stand at the heart of a deepening rift, which threatens to upend Washington’s relations with its oldest Asian ally.

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

Title:

 AFP welcomes military aid from China despite West PHL Sea dispute

Author:

Joseph Tristan Roxas

Source:

GMA News

Date:

 December 22, 2016

Description:

Despite Chinese activities in Philippine-claimed territories in the South China Sea, the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) on Thursday said it welcomes the more than P700 million ($14 million) in military aid being offered by China. "Bilang isang bansa kinikilala po natin ang ating pakikipagkapit-bansa. Kung meron pong naghahatid ng tulong o naghahandog ng tulong sa atin base sa ating pangangailangan, wala naman po sigurong masama kung ito ay ating titingnan at ating tatanggapin bilang isang kapwa bansa," AFP Public Affairs Office chief Col. Edgard Arevalo said.

Tags: Military Cooperation, Philippines-China Relations

Title:

 Philippines won't 'deviate from' arbitration ruling on China: minister

Author:

Manuel Mogato

Source:

Reuters

Date:

December 19, 2016 

Description:

The Philippines said on Monday it will not "deviate from" an international tribunal ruling that rejected China's extensive claims in the South China Sea but it must build trust with China before discussing "sensitive" bilateral issues. China rejected the July ruling by the Permanent Court of Arbitration in the Hague after the tribunal determined that China had breached the Philippines' sovereign rights by endangering its ships and fishing and oil projects.

Tags: South China Sea, Arbitration, Philippines-China Relations, Duterte, Perfecto Yasay, Arbitration Award, Duterte Foreign Policy

Title:

 Another sign that the Philippines is cozying up to China

Author:

Associated Press

Source:

Los Angeles Times

Date:

December 11, 2016

Description:

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said Sunday that he has decided to accept an arms deal being offered by China under concessional terms, in the latest sign of cozying relations between the once-hostile neighbors. Duterte said in a speech before troops that he'll ask his defense secretary to send military officials to China to receive the firearms.

Tags: Philippines-China Relations, Duterte, Duterte Foreign Policy, Arms Deal

Title:

 Philippine president says he'll accept China arms offer

Author:

Associated Press

Source:

Yahoo News

Date:

 December 11, 2016

Description:

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said Sunday that he has decided to accept an arms deal being offered by China under concessional terms, in the latest sign of cozying relations between the once-hostile neighbors.

Tags: Philippines-China Relations, Military Modernization, Duterte, Delfin Lorenzana, Philippines-Russia Relations, Arms Deal

Title:

 US will not get help from PHL in sea patrol

Author:

Associated Press

Source:

BusinessMirror

Date:

 December 10, 2016

Description:

Defense Secretary Delfin N. Lorenzana on Thursday said it is highly unlikely his country will allow the US military to use it as a springboard for freedom of navigation patrols in the disputed South China Sea to avoid antagonizing China. Lorenzana said US ships and aircraft could use bases in Guam, Okinawa or fly from aircraft carriers to patrol the disputed waters.

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

Title:

 PH envoy to China hurdles CA panel

Author:

Adrian Ayalin

Source:

ABS CBN News

Date:

December 6, 2016

Description:

A panel of the powerful Commission on Appointments on Tuesday recommended for approval in the plenary the nomination of Jose Santiago “Chito” Sta. Romana, who was tapped by President Rodrigo Duterte to become the country’s ambassador to China. Sta. Romana, an award-winning journalist who had been based in China, told lawmakers he will continue Duterte's diplomatic track with China.

Tags: Philippines-China Relations, Ambassador Chito Sta. Romana

Title:

 Duterte wants to be friends with Trump, Putin

Author:

Reports from the wires

Source:

Inquirer.net

Date:

 November 17, 2016

Description:

President Duterte, who has been hostile to US President Barack Obama for criticizing his deadly crackdown on drugs, has congratulated Donald Trump for a “well-deserved victory” and said he was excited to meet Russian leader Vladimir Putin at an upcoming Asia-Pacific summit.

Tags: News, Putin, Philippines-US Relations, Duterte Foreign Policy, Donald Trump, Philippines-Russia Relations