Political Security

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

Title:

 China: Philippines can't claim Benham Rise

Author:

Patricia Lourdes Viray

Source:

The Philippine Star

Date:

March 13, 2017 

Description:

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippines cannot claim Benham Rise as its own territory despite it being part of the country's 200-nautical mile exclusive economic zone, Beijing said. In 2012, the United Nations Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf approved the submission of the Philippines in 2009 with respect to the limits of its continental shelf in the Benham Rise region. This enables the Philippines to carry out exploration and development of natural resources in the area.

Tags: Philippines-China Relations, Benham Rise

Title:

 Coming geopolitical changes could be better

Author:

GIL H. A SANTOS

Source:

The Manila Times

Date:

 March 12, 2017

Description:

A BRIEF review of the geopolitical, economic and military developments in the Asia-Pacific region this past decade indicates that the renewed Russian penetration of the Southeast Asian region indicates the direction of the superpowers’ competition for political-economic-military influence in this area maybe heading toward the less violent arena—the trade or economic field.

Tags: Commentary, Chinese Soft Power, Southeast Asia, Russia, Philippines-Russia Relations

Title:

 China survey ships spotted at Benham Rise

Author:

Jaime Laude

Source:

Philippine Star

Date:

March 10, 2017 

Description:

MANILA, Philippines - Chinese survey ships have not only conducted oceanographic research at Recto or Reed Bank in the West Philippine Sea but also at Benham Rise in the Pacific, which has been recognized by the United Nations as part of the Philippines’ exclusive economic zone, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana bared yesterday. Lorenzana described China’s latest move as “very concerning” and said he had ordered the Navy to accost and drive away the service ship from Benham Rise if it is seen again.

Tags: Benham Rise, Scarborough Shoal, Delfin Lorenzana, Panatag Shoal

Title:

 US envoy stresses peaceful resolution in South China Sea

Author:

Tricia Aquino and Jose Bimbo Santos

Source:

Interaksyon

Date:

 February 28, 2017

Description:

MANILA - While United States Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim was noncommittal on what specific action his country will take in the event China proceeds to build structures on disputed Panatag (Scarborough) Shoal in the West Philippine Sea just west of Zambales Province, he nevertheless stressed US interest in the peaceful resolution of issues among all claimant states in the disputed waters.

Tags: News, Philippines-US Relations, Ambassador Sung Kim

Title:

 China donates 450 radios to PH

Author:

ABS-CBN News

Source:

ABS-CBN News

Date:

 February 27, 2017

Description:

The Chinese government on Monday turned over 450 digital transistor radios to the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO), as part of a cooperation agreement between Beijing and Manila.

Tags: News, Philippines-China Relations

Title:

 DUTERTE PLAYS A DANGEROUS GAME IN THE SOUTH CHINA SEA

Author:

Raissa Robles

Source:

South China Morning Post

Date:

 February 27, 2017

Description:

When Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe visited Rodrigo Duterte’s family home in Davao City last month, it was more than just the shared durian that suggested the Philippine president’s radical new “independent foreign policy” was bearing fruit.

Tags: Commentary, Philippines-Hong Kong Relations, Philippines-China Relations, Big Powers

Title:

 Philippines needs clarity on China ties before lifting South China Sea exploration halt - minister

Author:

Reporting by Martin Petty and Enrico dela Cruz; Writing by Manolo Serapio Jr.; Editing by Christian Schmollinger

Source:

Reuters

Date:

 February 27, 2017

Description:

The Philippines is waiting for clarity on its relations with China before lifting a suspension on exploration in disputed areas in the South China Sea, its energy minister said on Monday.

Tags: News, Philippines-China Relations, Oil and gas

Title:

 The Smart Way for America to Push Back Against China in the South China Sea

Author:

Jeffrey Ordaniel

Source:

The National Interest

Date:

 February 20, 2017

Description:

Since Donald Trump’s inauguration, many analysts have anticipated that the United States would return to a unilateralist approach to international security. Initial statements from the new administration hinted at a change in Washington’s Asia policy away from the multilateral diplomacy and engagement championed by Obama’s ‘rebalance’ to Asia. In particular, Trump’s emphasis on ‘America First’ worried many. It did not sound inclusive, and was not reassuring to allies dealing with the security implications of China’s rise. Will unilateralism serve US interests in the South China Sea?

Tags: Commentary, US-China Economic Relations, Southeast Asia, multilateralism