ASEAN, India highlight strategic convergence in commemorative forum
The academe, members of the diplomatic corps, and representatives from the Philippine government gathered at the ASEAN-India Forum to discuss the relations between the strategic partners and explore ideas on how to strengthen their cooperation.
APPFI Vice President Dr. Antoinette Raquiza chairs the panel discussion on ASEAN-India trade and connectivity.
Dr. Villacorta on the Conference Circuit
During the last quarter of 2017, APPFI Trustee Dr. Wilfrido V. Villacorta was invited by various overseas institutions to be a speaker at their conferences. On October 3, Dr. Villacorta gave a presentation on “Enhancing Ties, New Era for Turkey and ASEAN” during a conference commemorating the 50th Anniversary of ASEAN and marking Turkey’s accession as a Sectoral Dialogue Partner of ASEAN. The event, sponsored by the Center for Strategic Research of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Turkey, was held at Ankara, Turkey.
Human at the core: The story of my month-long stay in China
“China is the future”
I’ve heard of this phrase several times already and chances are you have too. With China’s economic growth and influence placing it on various daily news media platforms all over the globe, this phrase doesn’t sound like a far-fetched prophecy anymore. And yet, in the Philippines, we really don’t know much about China beyond the media portrayals. Perhaps it is time to delve deeper.
I recently went to China for a program called the Visiting Program for Young Sinologists organized by China's Ministry of Culture last September. The program gathers different scholars from all around the world who study and conduct research on different aspects of China, to provide support especially for young scholars and to further immerse them in modern Chinese culture.
Track Two Observer Network: platform for information-sharing among analysts
Last October 20, the Asia Pacific Pathways to Progress Foundation Inc. (APPFI) held its first Track Two Observer (TTO) Discussion Forum at the Max’s Restaurant, Quezon City Circle with Rear Admiral Rommel Ong from the Philippine Navy as the guest speaker for the afternoon.
TTO is an APPFI initiative which aims to create an information sharing platform on Track Two activities relating to Philippine foreign relations and regional trends and developments of concern to the Philippines. It has two components – an online database and a discussion forum, both focusing on exchanges by Filipino analysts, scholars, and experts with foreign counterparts.