Information Archive on Philippine Foreign Policy

Title:

 Palace: Philippines has sovereignty over Scarborough shoal

Author:

Paolo Romero

Source:

The Philippine Star

Date:

 January 23, 2018

Description:

China can assert its claim to Panatag (Scarborough) Shoal but Philippine sovereignty over the area remains, Malacañang said yesterday. “What can we do? That is their claim. But what is very clear is all pieces of evidence affirm that we have sovereignty (over the shoal),” presidential spokesman Harry Roque said in a press briefing.

Tags: China-US Relations, Freedom of navigation, Philippines-China Relations, Scarborough Shoal, Trump South China Sea Policy, sovereignty

Title:

 China in 2018: What to Expect

Author:

Tuan N. Pham

Source:

The Diplomat

Date:

January 11, 2018

Description:

In part one of this two-­part series, I looked back at 2017 for hints of Chinese strategic intent, and more importantly, for possible glimpses to 2018 and beyond. With this backdrop, part two assesses strategic actions that Beijing will probably undertake in the next 12 months.

Tags: Commentary, Xi Jinping, China's 19th National Congress

Title:

 Is China bribing its way to superpower status?

Author:

Livemint

Source:

Livement

Date:

January 11, 2018

Description:

In a throwback to the golden days of the Middle Kingdom when foreign rulers brought with them tributes for the Chinese emperor, French President Emmanuel Macron on his recent visit presented Chinese President Xi Jinping with an eight-year-old gelding. Macron hopes that a charm offensive directed at Xi can help his task of reinvigorating the French economy and industries. Airbus, for instance, is betting its future on large orders from China. The French president has, so far, only offered up a horse and has expressed his admiration for Chinese civilization. David Cameron, the former British prime minister—who was announced last month to be taking over a leadership role in a joint UK-China investment fund—went further.

Tags: Commentary, Chinese Soft Power, Aids and Loans from China, Aids and Loans

Title:

 Canberra: Tribunal ruling on South China Sea reflects international law, should be implemented

Author:

Recto Mercene

Source:

BusinessMirror

Date:

January 10, 2018

Description:

Canberra on Wednesday said it will not support acts by any country that would go against the international tribunal’s ruling on the South China Sea (SCS)—including its militarization—and is encouraging both China and the Philippines to implement the decision.

Tags: News, Freedom of navigation, Australia, US-Australia Relationship, US-Australia alliance, FONOPs, Philippines-Australia Relations, Australian Ambassador Amanda Gorely

Title:

 Yearender: Philippines tourism industry rises above adversity

Author:

Catharin Talavera

Source:

The Philippine Star

Date:

 January 7, 2018

Description:

he local tourism sector has remained relatively unscathed despite the unfortunate incidents that hit the country in 2017 – the Marawi conflict, the Resorts World Manila attack and the travel warnings issued against the Philippines. The Philippine economy has remained resilient on the back of its sound fundamentals and a growing tourism sector.

Tags: Tourism, ASEAN Summit, Chinese Tourists

Title:

 India’s Act-East policy can deter Chinese aggression

Author:

Vinod Anand

Source:

DNA India

Date:

December 22, 2017

Description:

Recently the ASEAN India Connectivity Summit (AICS) on the theme of “Powering Digital and Physical Linkages” for Asia in the 21st century was held in New Delhi. Since the unveiling of India’s Look East Policy in 1992 and then its transformation into “Act East Policy” in 2014, India has endeavoured to strengthen connectivity to ASEAN in a variety of ways.

Tags: Commentary, India, India-ASEAN Relations, India-China Relations, Quadrilateral Security Dialogue

Title:

 Duterte's deflecting skills will soon not be enough

Author:

Richard Javad Heydarian

Source:

The Straits Times

Date:

December 21, 2017

Description:

The year 2017 was a particularly auspicious one for Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte in many ways. The controversial Filipino leader, who was elected just a year ago (mid-2016), leveraged Manila's turn as the Asean chair to project himself as a regional power broker.

Tags: Commentary, Duterte Foreign Policy

Title:

 Five Takeaways From Trump’s National Security Strategy

Author:

Peter Feaver

Source:

Foreign Policy

Date:

December 18, 2017 

Description:

President Donald Trump unveils his National Security Strategy (NSS) today in a big set-piece speech at the Reagan Center. There is a lively debate about the utility of these documents among experts and I am squarely on the side of those who argue that they provide an important window into the thinking of an administration. As I explain below, such windows may be especially important for this administration and so this is a document worth studying. Such deeper reflection may change my assessment, but I have a more-positive-than-expected reaction, however, as reflected in five quick takeaways...

Tags: Donald Trump, Trump foreign policy, National Security Strategy

Title:

 In Asia, Trump again finds success overseas easier than at home

Author:

James Griffiths

Source:

CNN

Date:

 November 15, 2017

Description:

US President Donald Trump flies home Tuesday after an Asia trip that went off without major incident and generally met critics' low expectations. If the primary purpose of Trump's visits to Japan, South Korea, China, Vietnam and the Philippines was to shore up relations with those countries and their leaders, the trip can be judged a success, even though actual policy wins were in scant supply.

Tags: Philippines-US Relations, Donald Trump, Trump-Duterte Relations, Trump Asia Tour 2017

Title:

 National Security Strategy of the United States of America

 

Source:

The White House

Date:

 December 2017

Description:

"An America First National Security Strategy is based on American principles, a clear-eyed assessment of U.S. interests, and a determination to tackle the challenges that we face. It is a strategy of principled realism that is guided by outcomes, not ideology. It is based upon the view that peace, securi , and prosperity depend on strong, sovereign nations that respect their citizens at home and cooperate to advance peace abroad. And it is grounded in the realization that American principles are a lasting force for good in the world..."

Tags: Donald Trump, National Security Strategy

Title:

 Why did Chinese investment in the Philippines stagnate?

Author:

Alvin Camba

Source:

East Asia Forum

Date:

December 12, 2017

Description:

Pundits and international relations scholars have often argued that territorial disputes in the South China Sea have prevented increased Chinese investment in the Philippines. But while inter-state relations do matter, the political relations between Beijing and Manila do not solely shape the rise or fall of Chinese foreign direct investment (FDI).

Tags: Commentary, Chinese Investments in PH, Investments, Trade and Investments, Analysis

Title:

 China's Once Impossible Friendship With The Philippines Hits Another New High

Author:

Ralph Jennings

Source:

Forbes

Date:

December 12, 2017

Description:

It looked like harmless progress on the surface, but Manila’s deal this month with Taipei symbolized a broader victory. On December 7, the two Asian governments renewed a bilateral investment agreement. The deal fits with Taiwan’s policy of steering investment toward the booming markets of Southeast Asia and the Philippine goal of bringing in more foreign capital. It’s designed to protect capital from one side parked on the other and forms a “foundation” to “continue strengthening cooperation,” Taiwan’s foreign ministry said in a statement in Taipei.

Tags: News, Philippines-China Relations, Philippines-Taiwan Relations, One China Policy

Title:

 China Calmed Asian Maritime Dispute in 2017 Without Ceding Sovereignty

Author:

Ralph Jennings

Source:

Voice of America

Date:

December 11, 2017

Description:

China calmed Asia's biggest maritime sovereignty dispute in 2017 by offering aid, investment and the pledge of negotiations with weaker Southeast Asian countries as Beijing's chief nemesis, the United States, kept quiet.

Tags: Commentary, South China Sea, US South China Sea Policy, Trump South China Sea Policy, FONOPs, South China Sea Territorial Dispute