Political Security

Title:

 EU eyes stronger ties with Asean with PH as chair

Author:

Yuji Vincent Gonzales

Source:

Inquirer.net

Date:

 January 16, 2017

Description:

Despite President Rodrigo Duterte’s call for “noninterference” in Southeast Asia’s internal affairs, the European Union (EU) on Monday said it was eyeing to further strengthen its relations with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean), especially with the Philippines as chairman of this year’s regional summit.

Tags: News, ASEAN, European Union

Title:

 UN hails Duterte’s RH order

Author:

Julie M. Aurelio

Source:

Inquirer.net

Date:

 January 14, 2017

Description:

The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) on Friday hailed President Rodrigo Duterte’s intervention to provide free contraceptives to poor women as a “new momentum” in the provision of family planning services in the Philippines.

Tags: News, Duterte, UN

Title:

 Trump nominee grilled on EJKS in PH

Author:

Nimfa U. Rueda

Source:

Inquirer.net

Date:

 January 13, 2017

Description:

LOS ANGELES—US Secretary of State nominee Rex Tillerson endured tough questioning about human rights—including extrajudicial killings (EJKs) in the Philippines—during his confirmation hearing in Washington on Wednesday (Thursday in Manila).

Tags: News, Philippines-US Relations, Rex Tillerson

Title:

 The Constitution and the West Philippine Sea

Author:

Florin T. Hilbay

Source:

Inquirer.net

Date:

 October 26, 2016

Description:

Prior to Philippines v. China, we had claims under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (Unclos) about our maritime entitlements in the West Philippine Sea. So did China. The arbitration resulted in an overwhelming validation of the Philippines’ arguments, and an emphatic rejection of China’s. The four corners of every page of Philippines v. China determines with finality our specific rights in the West Philippine Sea.

Tags: Commentary, South China Sea, West Philippine Sea, Territorial Disputes, Fishing Disputes, West

Title:

 PH and US: who needs whom more?

Author:

Conrad Calalang

Source:

Inquirer.net

Date:

 December 21, 2016

Description:

As one of America’s closest allies, the Philippines has long provided U.S. forces with a strategic staging ground for its operations within the Pacific region, but for as long as this partnership has existed, Filipinos have repeatedly called into question its end of the bargain.

Tags: Commentary, Philippines-US Relations

Title:

 Filipinos glad to see US do West Phil Sea maneuvers but not our government

Author:

The Manila Times Editorial

Source:

The Manila Times

Date:

 December 11, 2016

Description:

We agree with the Gulf News comment and report last week (on Dec. 8) that the Philippine government “is highly unlikely to allow the US military to use Philippine territory as a springboard for so-called freedom of navigation operations (FONOPs) through disputed parts of the South China Sea” quoting Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana.

Tags: Commentary, Philippines-China Relations, Scarborough Shoal, Duterte Foreign Policy, Delfin Lorenzana, Duterte's Beijing Visit 2016

Title:

 Geoeconomic dilemma in realigning Asia

Author:

Hans Kundnani

Source:

Gateway House

Date:

 December 6, 2016

Description:

India may be less dependent on the Chinese market than some other countries in the region, but it too wants Chinese investment—and this ambivalence has been evident in India’s varying approach to the AIIB and OBOR. To balance this dilemma in an increasingly complex Asia, India must work with others, in particular with European countries

Tags: Commentary, AIIB, India, Belt and Road Initiative

Title:

 Trump will pursue 'regional hegemony' in South China Sea: Chinese academics

Author:

Reporting by Christian Shepherd; Editing by Nick Macfie

Source:

Reuters

Date:

 November 25, 2016

Description:

A Donald Trump presidency does not mean the United States will withdraw from the South China Sea, but rather will continue pursuing "regional hegemony", Chinese academics who drafted a report for an influential government think tank said on Friday.

Tags: News, South China Sea, Big Powers, Donald Trump

Title:

 Ambassador Carlos Chan: ‘People are the key to success’ 0

Author:

Manila Bulletin

Source:

Manila Bulletin

Date:

 November 22, 2016

Description:

As a paragon of quintessential excellence, the Chiang Kai Shek College Alumni Association presented the 2016 Outstanding Alumni Award to a man of optimal vision and of exemplary service to both China and the Philippines, Special Ambassador to China Carlos Chan.

Tags: News, PH-China Trade, Carlos Chan

Title:

 THAAD, MAD, BAD, part II: Decompiling the South China Sea

Author:

DR. MATTHEW CROSSTON

Source:

Modern Diplomacy

Date:

 November 15, 2016

Description:

The American positions for the past two years have focused on China’s relatively aggressive and unchallenged construction of seven artificial islands and at least three airstrips in the South China Sea. Despite neighborly protests, China has refused to even take part in legal arbitration that was initiated in 2013 by the Philippines at a U.N.-backed tribunal in The Hague, Netherlands.

Tags: Commentary, US-China Relations, Big Powers

Title:

 ASIA TROUBLED BY TRUMP

Author:

Asia Pacific Post

Source:

Asia Pacific Post

Date:

 November 15, 2016

Description:

Republican Donald Trump’s victory in the U.S. presidential elections has drawn mixed reactions. Thailand hopes that a Trump presidency will adhere to a “balanced” foreign policy, while Singapore, Vietnam and Malaysia have expressed concerns that he will dismantle the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement. Indonesia cautioned its citizens not to react negatively to Trump’s anti-Islamic stance and Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte welcomed Trump’s victory because both are “alike”.

Tags: Commentary, Southeast Asia, Donald Trump

Title:

 US opposition to AIIB ‘strategic mistake’, says senior Trump adviser

Author:

Zhuang Pinghui, Wendy Wu, Kristin Huang

Source:

South China Morning Post

Date:

 November 10, 2016

Description:

A top adviser to US president-elect Donald Trump has lashed out at the Obama administration’s opposition to China’s ­economic diplomacy, especially the decision to stay away from the Beijing-based Asian ­Infrastructure Investment Bank.

Tags: News, AIIB, US-China Economic Relations, US-China Relations, Donald Trump