Political Security

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

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