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APPFI welcomes TAETEA Think Tank delegates to PH

Photo release: President Li Chengzu (third from left) heads the TAETEA Foundation and China-ASEAN Entrepreneurs Forum delegation during their first visit to the Philippines. Mr. George Siy (second from left), Chairman Emeritus of Anvil Business Club, and Dr. Marie Lisa Dacanay (third from right), President of the Institute for Social Entrepreneurship in Asia joined APPFI President Dr. Aileen Baviera (center) in welcoming the group.

The purpose of the visit is to build contacts and to explore cooperation projects in the Philippines.

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PH, China to seek cooperation in science and technology

The Department of Science and Technology met with Asia Pacific Pathways to Progress Foundation Inc. to learn about the Philippines’ bilateral relations with China and the latter’s Belt and Road Initiative.

The DOST is currently identifying priority areas where the two countries can work together and mutually benefit. Aside from technology and practices, they are also exploring possible scholarships in China.

With the recent direction of the Duterte administration, cooperation seems to take its fresh start after hiatus since 2004. The PH-China Joint Committee Meeting on Science and Technology is planned to reconvene later this year. 

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China’s Belt and Road Initiative: Why it matters for Philippines-China Infrastructure Cooperation

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In the afternoon of July 11, 2017, APPFI organized a roundtable on China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) and how it may impact on Philippines-China infrastructure cooperation. BRI, formerly called the One Belt One Road (OBOR) is a new platform for Chinese foreign policy that was first announced in 2013 but seemingly re-launched at the highest levels last May 14, during the BRI Forum for International Cooperation held in Beijing.

The two main speakers at the roundtable were APPFI President Aileen Baviera and former NEDA Director General Cielito Habito. Twenty-nine participants representing eleven institutions were present at the forum, which was co-organized with and held at the Astoria Plaza in Pasig.

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APPFI Trustee presented lectures on ASEAN-China Relations

In this photo: Ambassador Fu Ying, Chairperson of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the National People’s Congress, with Philippine Ambassador to China Jose Santiago Sta. Romana(left) and former Philippine Ambassador and Permanent Representative to ASEAN Wilfrido Villacorta (right).

Dr. Wilfrido Villacorta, former Ambassador to ASEAN, was a speaker in two panels of the 6th World Peace Forum held at Tsinghua University on 24-25 June, 2017 in Beijing. The panels were on South China Sea: How to Avoid Escalation of Conflicts, and on China and ASEAN: How to Enhance Mutual Trust.

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