Political Security

Title:

 U.S. Support Dwindles In The Philippines As China's Reputation Grows

Author:

Ralph Jennings

Source:

Forbes

Date:

September 25, 2017 

Description:

Tough-talking, rainmaking President Rodrigo Duterte has led the Philippines for 15 months. Part of his shakeup of how things are done extends to rebalancing relations with old colonizer the United States against an increasingly powerful China despite a maritime sovereignty dispute. Over the past three years Filipinos' sentiment toward China has climbed 17 percentage points, according to a Pew Research Center report released Thursday. Duterte did his part by setting aside the maritime issue, leading Beijing to pledge $24 billion in October for aid and investment in the developing, largely poor Philippines.

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

Title:

 Filipinos favour US over China, but gap narrowing

Author:

Raul Dancel

Source:

Straits Times

Date:

September 22, 2017 

Description:

Filipinos still favour the United States over China, but the gap is narrowing, with President Rodrigo Duterte rallying public support for his alliance-shaking pivot towards Beijing, a US-based think-tank has reported. A negative view of President Donald Trump is also eroding "positive feeling" in the Philippines towards the US

Tags: Xi Jinping, Philippines-China Relations, Duterte Foreign Policy, Donald Trump, Trump-Duterte Relations

Title:

 ASEAN meeting on transnational crimes opens in Manila

Author:

Xinhua

Source:

China.org.cn

Date:

September 18, 2017 

Description:

Southeast Asian ministers converged in Manila on Monday to discuss steps on how to strengthen regional strategies and cooperation to combat transnational crimes. A statement from the Philippine government said the four-day ASEAN Ministerial Meeting on Transnational Crimes (AMMTC) will be chaired by Catalino Cuy, officer-in-charge of the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG).

Tags: China-ASEAN Expo, ASEAN-China Relations, ASEAN Summit 2017, ASEANAMMTC, Transnational Crimes

Title:

 New Philippines Radar System Spotlights US-ASEAN Maritime Security

Author:

Prashanth Parameswaran

Source:

The Diplomat

Date:

August 29, 2017

Description:

Last week, the United States formally transferred a new radar system to the Philippines. While the transfer is just the latest in a series of ongoing activities by the two sides that are continuing across the security realm, it also highlights Washington’s continuing efforts to strengthen maritime domain awareness among Southeast Asian states in spite of lingering challenges.

Tags: News, Military Cooperation, Philippines-US Relations

Title:

 Philippines, Chinese coast guards hold maritime exercises

Author:

Evelyn Macairan

Source:

The Philippine Star

Date:

August 22, 2017

Description:

MANILA, Philippines - Despite China’s creeping occupation of land features within Philippine waters, the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) has embarked on a joint maritime law enforcement operation with its Chinese counterpart in accordance with President Duterte’s instructions. PCG spokesman Commander Armand Balilo said that since President Duterte’s visit to China last year, the PCG has established better rapport with the Chinese Coast Guard, while maintaining good relations with the United States Coast Guard (USCG).

Tags: Philippines-China Relations, Duterte Foreign Policy, Philippine Coast Guard, PH and Chinese Coast Guard Joint Exercises, Philippines-China Joint Exercises

Title:

 Alejano: Chinese flag planted on PH sandy island

Author:

Marc jayson Cayabyab

Source:

Inquirer.Net

Date:

August 22, 2017

Description:

Magdalo Rep. Gary Alejano on Tuesday alleged that a Chinese flag was planted on a sand cay seven nautical miles off Kota Island, an indication that China’s incursions on Philippine waters continue amid warmer relations between the two countries. Alejano bared this information from a source he won’t identify to protect said source. He said the presence of the Chinese flag was detected by ship, adding that he has yet to verify if the flag continues to be planted there.

Tags: South China Sea, West Philippine Sea, Chinese Navy, Duterte Foreign Policy, Chinese Coastguard, Alan Peter Cayetano, Kota Island, Sandy Cay

Title:

 Philippines says China agrees on no new expansion in South China Sea

Author:

Manuel Mogato

Source:

Reuters

Date:

August 15, 2017

Description:

MANILA (Reuters) - China has assured the Philippines it will not occupy new features or territory in the South China Sea, under a new “status quo” brokered by Manila as both sides try to strengthen their relations, the Philippine defense minister said.

Tags: South China Sea, Philippines-China Relations, Joint Exploration, Duterte Foreign Policy, Delfin Lorenzana, Alan Peter Cayetano

Title:

 US-Phl relations: The bigger picture

Author:

Babe Romualdez

Source:

The Philippine Star

Date:

July 23, 2017

Description:

What is really worrisome for the United States, and in fact in this part of the globe as well, is North Korea. This was emphasized by former US State Secretary Madeleine Albright when we met with her at a small private dinner hosted by US Ambassador Sung Kim

Tags: Commentary, Philippines-US Relations

Title:

 Filipino fishermen are back in Scarborough Shoal, DFA says

Author:

Kyodo News

Source:

ABS CBN News

Date:

July 13, 2017 

Description:

The Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said Wednesday, the first anniversary of the country's sweeping legal victory against China in the South China Sea, that further efforts in resolving Manila's territorial disputes should be done while maintaining good relations with Beijing. Critics of President Rodrigo Duterte's "defeatist" approach to China and the South China Sea used the occasion to warn of the dangers posed by such a non-confrontational stance.

Tags: Philippines, South China Sea, Scarborough Shoal, Fishing Disputes, Duterte Foreign Policy

Title:

 PH, China dialogue now better a year after UN tribunal ruling—Palace

Author:

Nestor Corrales

Source:

Inquirer

Date:

July 11, 2017 

Description:

Philippines and China’s relations have improved a year after The Hague favored the country’s maritime arbitration case in the South China Sea, Malacañang said on Tuesday. On July 12, 2016, the United Nations (UN) Arbitral Tribunal ruled that the Philippines has exclusive sovereign rights over the West Philippine Sea (in the South China Sea) and that China’s nine-dash line was invalid.

Tags: South China Sea, Philippines-China Relations, West Philippine Sea, Arbitration Award, Duterte Foreign Policy

Title:

 Are China-Philippines Military Exercises Under Duterte Coming Soon?

Author:

Prashanth Parameswaran

Source:

The Diplomat

Date:

July 11, 2017

Description:

On June 28, as China handed over military assistance to the Philippines in a high-profile ceremony at a former U.S. airbase, Beijing’s ambassador, Zhao Jianhua, suggested that both sides should also consider starting military exercises in the future (See: “The Truth About China’s New Military Aid to the Philippines”). Though the idea will no doubt need to get past some familiar challenges, it is not surprising that both sides have nonetheless left it on the table for contemplation in the context of a warming Sino-Philippine relationship under President Rodrigo Duterte.

Tags: Commentary, Philippines-China Relations, Philippines-China Military Cooperation

Title:

 China’s navy targets building bases overseas – Pentagon

Author:

Rene Pastor

Source:

Rappler

Date:

July 01, 2017

Description:

NEW YORK, USA – The Chinese navy now numbers over 300 surface ships, and it is working overtime to transform itself into a modern fleet that can potentially challenge the might of the United States navy in the Pacific Ocean, according to the annual report on China’s military capabilities recently released by the Pentagon.

Tags: News, Military Modernization, Chinese Navy, Chinese Military

Title:

 Envoy says US not changing Spratlys stand

Author:

Philip C. Tubeza

Source:

Inquirer.net

Date:

 May 7, 2017

Description:

US Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim on Sunday reiterated his government’s commitment to keep freedom of navigation intact in the South China Sea amid reports in US media of President Donald Trump’s shift in policy that would turn a blind eye on China’s incursions in the area in exchange for Beijing’s help in putting a stop to North Korea’s nuclear program.

Tags: News, Freedom of navigation, US Amb to PH Sung Kim , Ambassador Sung Kim, US South China Sea Policy