Political Security

Title:

 Opening a new chapter of China-Philippines relations

Author:

Li Keqiang

Source:

The Philippine Star

Date:

November 12, 2017

Description:

It is my great pleasure to pay an official visit to the Philippines and attend the East Asia leaders’ meetings at the invitation of President Duterte. This will be my first visit to your hospitable land as the Chinese Premier, yet I have long been drawn to your rich historical and cultural heritage, vibrant society and your cheerful and hard-working people.

Tags: Official Statement, Philippines-China Relations, Chinese Statement, Li Keqiang

Title:

 Economics key to US relevance in Southeast Asia

Author:

jacob Merkle

Source:

East Asia Forum

Date:

November 6, 2017

Description:

US strategic policy in Southeast Asia pays startlingly little attention to the role of economics. With China encouraging ASEAN members to renounce US security involvement in the region, it is time for the United States to step back and re-evaluate how it engages with Southeast Asia.

Tags: Commentary, Chinese Soft Power, Economic Pressure, US-China Relations, Big Powers, China's Economic Muscle

Title:

 South China Sea, N. Korea, counterterror top Trump’s ASEAN agend

Author:

Philippine News Agency

Source:

Northbound Philippines News Online

Date:

November 5, 2017

Description:

United States President Donald Trump’s priorities in his upcoming Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) trip include the denuclearization of North Korea, meaningful code of conduct negotiations in the South China Sea, and counterterrorism efforts among others, said Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Patrick Murphy.

Tags: News, Donald Trump, Trump-Duterte Relations, Trump South China Sea Policy, Trump Asia Tour 2017

Title:

 What Did the ASEAN Defense Meetings in the Philippines Achieve?

Author:

Prashanth Parameswaran

Source:

The Diplomat

Date:

November 2, 2017

Description:

Last week, defense ministers from around the region met for the ASEAN Defense Ministers Meeting (ADMM) and the ADMM-Plus in the Philippines, which are held annually and biannually among Southeast Asian states and some other major regional partners. The meetings, along with other bilateral engagements on the sidelines, provided some sense of what the regional defense picture looks like and where it is headed.

Tags: Commentary, ASEAN, Military Cooperation, maritime cooperation, Defense Cooperation, ADMM Plus 2017

Title:

 Secretary Tillerson Travels to Japan, South Korea, China, Vietnam, the Philippines, and Burma

Author:

Heather Nauert - Department Spokesperson

Source:

US Department of State

Date:

November 2, 2017

Description:

Secretary Tillerson will accompany President Trump on his travels to Japan, the Republic of Korea, China, Vietnam, and the Philippines. The Secretary will also make an additional stop in Burma. The Secretary’s six-country trip demonstrates the Administration’s commitment to our alliances and partnerships in the Asia Pacific and highlights our ongoing engagement in the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) and the East Asia Summit (EAS) on regional issues of mutual interest and concern.

Tags: News, Official Statement, Rex Tillerson

Title:

 No one can 'contain' China: Chinese envoy

Author:

PTI

Source:

Economic Times

Date:

October 31, 2017

Description:

WASHINGTON: The Chinese envoy to the US today said that no one could "contain" China now, expressing his displeasure over the formation of an "exclusive club" in the Indo-Pacific region.

Tags: News, US-China Relations

Title:

 Why Japan’s New Military Aircraft Gift to the Philippines Matters

Author:

Prashanth Parameswaran

Source:

The Diplomat

Date:

October 31, 2017

Description:

Last week, Japan disclosed that, following a change in Japanese law, it will now be donating five aircraft to the Philippines rather than leasing them as previously agreed. Though the move represents just one change in a broader relationship that has already been deepening in the defense realm, its significance for both sides and the wider region ought not to be underestimated.

Tags: Commentary, Japan, Japan-Philippines Relations, Military Donations to PH

Title:

 Trump meeting with Duterte could help get ties ‘back on track’ as Manila edges closer to China

Author:

Sarah Zheng

Source:

South China Morning Post

Date:

October 28, 2017

Description:

The Philippines will be looking to get strained relations with the United States on a more stable track when US President Donald Trump travels to Manila next month, but the Southeast Asian nation will also continue its pivot towards China.

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

Title:

 Philippines, China agree to strengthen defense ties

Author:

Jaime Laude

Source:

The Philippine Star

Date:

October 25, 2017

Description:

The Philippines and China agreed in bilateral defense talks yesterday to strengthen defense and military-to-military relations by increasing security engagements to include enhancement of maritime cooperation as well as to peacefully resolve existing maritime and territorial disputes between the two countries

Tags: News, Philippines-China Military Cooperation, ASEAN Defence Ministers Meeting 2017

Title:

 The Philippines Wins, India Loses As China Pledges to Extend Its Global Reach

Author:

Ralph Jennings

Source:

Forbes

Date:

October 26, 2017

Description:

As part of China’s twice-per-decade Communist Party congress this month, Chinese leaders extolled their super-sized country as a provider of humanitarian and economic aid. The statements would appear to indicate that China will continue to spread the spoils of its ever-growing $11.2 trillion-plus economy and third most powerful military around Eurasia. By doing so, China gains deepening toeholds in parts of the world with prized natural resources and pacifies Western-supported countries that may otherwise oppose the expansion of Chinese influence.

Tags: Commentary, Philippines-China Relations, India-China Relations, China's 19th National Congress

Title:

 While 'US Tries to Curb China' in Asia-Pacific, Beijing Boosts Its Army

Author:

Sputnik International

Source:

Sputnik International

Date:

October 25, 2017

Description:

Washington is pouring gasoline on the fire of disputes in the East and South China Seas between Beijing and its neighbors to curb China's rise and undermine its efforts to resolve the issues peacefully, analysts told Sputnik. Given the growing tensions, Beijing sees the modernization of the country's defenses as one of its top priorities.

Tags: Commentary, Military Modernization, Chinese Military, Big Powers