Political Security

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

Title:

 China Needs Its Friend The Philippines More Than The Philippines Needs China

Author:

Ralph Jennings

Source:

Forbes

Date:

 April 20, 2017

Description:

It's easy to say Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte needs help from China for his country’s development in exchange for laying aside a maritime sovereignty dispute. In October Beijing pledged $24 billion in aid and investment for the country where a quarter of the 102 million people lives in poverty. And after years of friction, Beijing now firmly controls Scarborough Shoal, a major South China Sea fishery coveted by boats based out of the Philippine island Luzon just 220 kilometers away.

Tags: Commentary, Philippine-China Relations, Duterte, Big Powers

Title:

 Philippines' Duterte cancels visit to disputed South China Sea island

Author:

Neil Morales

Source:

Reuters

Date:

April 13, 2017 

Description:

Philippines' President Rodrigo Duterte has canceled a planned visit to an island the Philippines claims in the disputed South China Sea, after Beijing warned him against the visit. The brash Philippine leader last week announced his plan to raise the Philippine flag in the island of Thitu and fortify it with barracks, setting off alarm bells. "Because of our friendship with China and because we value your friendship I will not go there to raise the Philippine flag," Duterte said in a speech before the Filipino community in Riyadh late Wednesday.

Tags: South China Sea, Philippines-China Relations, Duterte Foreign Policy

Title:

 Philippines' Duterte orders occupation of isles in disputed South China Sea

Author:

Manuel Mogato

Source:

Reuters

Date:

 April 6, 2017

Description:

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday ordered troops to occupy uninhabited islands and shoals it claims in the disputed South China Sea, asserting Philippine sovereignty in an apparent change of tack likely to anger China. The firebrand leader, who on the campaign trail joked that he would jet ski to a Chinese man-made island in the South China Sea to reinforce Manila's claim, also said he may visit a Philippine-controlled island to raise the national flag.

Tags: South China Sea, Duterte

Title:

 Home > Politics Taiwan eying cooperation with Philippines on South China Sea

Author:

Elaine Hou and Emerson Lim

Source:

Focus Taiwan News

Date:

 March 31, 2017

Description:

Taipei, March 31 (CNA) President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) has appealed for closer cooperation with the Philippines on several issues, including the South China Sea, after Manila seemed to push Taipei into further diplomatic isolation earlier this month.

Tags: News, South China Sea, Taiwan, Fidel V Ramos, Philippines-Taiwan Relations

Title:

 Duterte to US: Why didn't you send armada vs China islands?

Author:

Jim Gomez

Source:

The Philippine Star

Date:

 March 30, 2017

Description:

MANILA, Philippines — Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said Wednesday he has asked the U.S. ambassador why America did not deploy an armada of warships to pressure China to stop constructing man-made islands that are now at the heart of regional concerns in the disputed South China Sea.

Tags: News, South China Sea, Philippines-US Relations, Spratlys, US Amb to PH Sung Kim

Title:

 The Real Reason China Is Desperate to Stop THAAD

Author:

Grant Newsham

Source:

The National Interest

Date:

 March 25, 2017

Description:

Chinese opposition to South Korea’s deployment of the THAAD missile defense system is less about missiles than about an ongoing effort to weaken—and ideally demolish—the United States’ network of formal and informal alliances in Asia that has underpinned the regional order for the last seventy years.

Tags: Commentary, ASEAN, US-China Relations, Southeast Asia, Big Powers, ASEAN-China Relations

Title:

 Australia calls for enforceable South China Sea pact soon

Author:

Teresa Cerojano

Source:

The Philippine Star

Date:

 March 17, 2017

Description:

MANILA, Philippines — Australia urged Southeast Asian nations and China to conclude a legally binding code of conduct in the South China Sea as soon as possible, voicing concern Thursday about the scale of reclamation and construction by China in the disputed territory.

Tags: News, Australia, Code of Conduct