Political Security

Title:

 Chekhov's Gun and the Tangled US-Philippines-China Triangle

Author:

Roncevert Ganan Almond

Source:

The Diplomat

Date:

 February 9, 2017

Description:

Lord Palmerston, the 19th century British leader and empire builder, famously noted that countries do not have eternal allies or perpetual enemies, only indefinite national interests. The tangled triangle of U.S.-Philippines-China relations is testing Palmerston’s maxim.

Tags: Commentary, South China Sea, US-China Relations, Philippines-China Relations, Duterte Foreign Policy, Donald Trump

Title:

 China welcomes Mattis' emphasis on South China Sea diplomacy

Author:

Reporting by Michael Martina; Editing by Robert Birsel

Source:

Reuters

Date:

 February 6, 2017

Description:

China on Monday welcomed U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis' suggestion that diplomacy should be the priority in the South China Sea, and that major U.S. military action was not being considered to contend with China's assertive behavior there.

Tags: News, South China Sea, US-China Relations, Territorial Disputes, US Defense Sec Jim Mattis

Title:

 How Duterte's 'Unpredictability' Keeps US and Chinese Diplomats on Edge

Author:

Sputnik News

Source:

Sputnik International

Date:

 January 31, 2017

Description:

Last week, the Minister of Defense for the Philippines Delfin Lorenzana said that the agreement signed with the US in 2014 (Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement) is now in full force. Sputnik China spoke with Anton Tsvetov, expert from the Center for Strategic Research, about the Philippines’ current relations with the US and China.

Tags: News, Duterte, Duterte Foreign Policy

Title:

 PH reconciliation with China reduced tension in SCS, good for ASEAN

Author:

Charmaine C. Deogracias, VERA Files

Source:

ABS-CBN News

Date:

 January 31, 2017

Description:

President Rodrigo Duterte’s conciliatory approach toward China has reduced tensions in the South China Sea and is a positive development for the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), two foreign policy experts said.

Tags: News, ASEAN, South China Sea, Philippines-China Relations, Territorial Disputes, Duterte Foreign Policy

Title:

  Philippines apologizes to South Korea over Korean's killing

Author:

AP

Source:

The China Post

Date:

 January 26, 2017

Description:

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine government apologized to South Korea on Tuesday for the reported killing of a South Korean man at the country's main police camp, a crime that has tainted law enforcers carrying out the president's controversial anti-drug crackdown.

Tags: News, Korea

Title:

 War With China? Effects Of A U.S. Blockade In The South China Sea

Author:

Anders Corr

Source:

Forbes

Date:

 January 25, 2017

Description:

“Chinese and Western experts” say a blockade by the U.S. in the South China Sea of China's artificial islands would be an "act of war" according to breathless Wall Street Journal reporters. The New York Times says unnamed “American Navy experts” are calling a blockade “tantamount to war”. Association of a U.S. blockade with war is an incomplete truth at best, and a scare tactic that plays into China's hands.

Tags: Commentary, South China Sea, US-China Relations, Big Powers

Title:

 Tense Philippine-U.S. Relations Will Surge And Then Fall Under Trump

Author:

Ralph Jennings

Source:

Forbes

Date:

 January 24, 2017

Description:

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has flipped his country’s old foreign relations formula on its back since taking office in June by pushing the United States away in favor of China. U.S. President Donald Trump shows early signs of pulling the Philippines back into its fold of friendly Pacific Rim countries, which it never totally left anyway.

Tags: Commentary, Philippines-US Relations, Donald Trump

Title:

 Palace welcomes EU aid to PH for drug rehab

Author:

Nestor Corrales

Source:

Inquirer.net

Date:

 January 17, 2017

Description:

Malacañang welcomed Tuesday the plan of the European Union (EU) to fund the government’s drug war despite lashing from President Rodrigo Duterte for criticizing his no-nonsense crackdown on the narcotics trade.

Tags: News, European Union