ASEAN-China Relations takes the stage in Track Two Dialogues
TRACK TWO (or nongovernmental) forums and academic networks are useful arenas that contribute to developing APPFI's capabilities for analysis and advocacy, thus playing a continuing role in our work. People-to-people relations and tourism cooperation were the topics Dr Baviera was asked to speak on at the 5th China-South and Southeast Asia Think Tank Forum, held in Kunming, Yunnan province. The forum, which featured China specialists from various countries in South Asia and Southeast Asia, discussed measures to promote bilateral and subregional cooperation on infrastructure and other areas under the framework of China’s Belt and Road Initiative. It was organized by the Yunnan Academy of Social Sciences, together with the Chinese (Kunming) Academy of South and Southeast Asian Studies, and held from June 12 to 13.
Participants and organizers of the conference held in Guangzhou as a part of celebrating the 90th anniversary of Jinan University's Academy of Overseas Chinese Studies and Department of Nanyang Culture and Education.
Policy Forum: National Interest and the ASEAN Economic Community: Convergence or Competition?
The Asia Pacific Pathways to Progress Foundation Inc. together with Bugkos Research Program of the UP Asian Center conducted a policy forum entitled “National Interest and the ASEAN Economic Community: Convergence or Competition?” on August 17, 2017 at the GT-Toyota Asian Center Auditorium.
The forum started with presentations by leading political economists and international relations scholars from Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, and the Philippines who spoke about their countries' interests in ASEAN and how their domestic stakeholders are preparing for the ASEAN Economic Community and the changing global economic architecture.
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.
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.