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China Institutes for Contemporary International Relations (CICIR) Visit Manila for dialogues

January 13-14, 2015

APPFI had the honor of hosting four delegates from the Chinese Institutes of Contemporary International Relations (CICIR) to a dinner at the Romulo Café (Tomas Morato) on January 13 and bringing them to an informal roundtable co-organized with KAISA and the Philippine Association for Chinese Studies (PACS) at the KAISA Heritage Center (Intramuros) on January 14. The visit was the first from a prestigious Chinese think tank to the Philippines this year. CICIR came upon the invitation of the Asian Center, University of the Philippines. There were both friendly as well as lively exchanges as both sides engaged the other with questions with the ultimate aim of building understanding.

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Xinhua invites Dr. Villacorta to speak on ASEAN-China Relations

Board of Trustees member and former Philippine Ambassador to ASEAN Dr Wilfrido Villacorta was invited by Xinhua News Agency of China to a conference titled "ASEAN Development Forum 2014", held in Hong Kong last December 2014. A copy of his speech is attached. Related news on the Forum may be viewed at xinhuanet.com.

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Profitable Partnerships: A workshop on business and human rights in select countries in Asia

Profitable Partnerships, a workshop on business and human rights in select countries in Asia, was conducted by RAFI-SHIFT - New York and Economic, Social and Cultural Rights-Asia (ESCR-Asia), in cooperation with the Makati Business Club (MBC), the Commission on Human Rights of the Philippines (CHRP), the Asia Pacific Pathways to Progress Foundation (APPFI) and the Asian Consortium on Human Rights-based Access to Justice (HRBA2J-Asia).

Held at the Asian Institute of Management on November 4, 2014, the workshop endeavored to attain an increased understanding of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, learn and appreciate emerging practices in the Philippines, Korea, Japan, China, and Mongolia, and to listen to a presentation on a proposed Reporting and Assurance Framework Initiative (RAFI).

The speakers include Caroline Rees, president of SHIFT, Hon. Loretta Ann Rosales of the CHRP, Dr. Marina Durano of the University of the Philippines (UP), Mr. Peter Perfecto, Executive Director of the Makati Business Club and representatives from human rights organizations from Mongolia, China, and Japan. Representing APPFI, Dr. Baviera chaired the session on East Asian cases. Representatives from the CHRP, peoples’ organizations, CSOs, NGOs, academe, business groups, embassies, government and media attended.

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Cultural Visit to China

On 12-17 October 2014, APPFI officers participated in an orientation visit to southeastern China hosted by Philippine Special Envoy to China and Liwayway Marketing Corporation Founding Chair Carlos Chan in order to promote greater appreciation of the long history of the Philippine-China peaceful relations. The tour, mostly in Shandong province, had APPFI Vice-President Dr. Antoinette Raquiza and board members Mr. Johnny Tioco and Dr. Wilfrido Villacorta joining Mr. Chan and other Filipino leaders from the academe, business, and media in a visit to the tomb of the 13th century Sultan of Sulu Paduka Pahala at Dezhou. Another high point was a stop at the Temple of Confucius at Qufu.

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