ASEAN Relations

Title:

 What’s Behind the New China-ASEAN Maritime Exercise?

Author:

Prashanth Parameswaran

Source:

The Diplomat

Date:

February 10, 2018

Description:

This week we saw another round of hype surrounding the holding of the first ASEAN-China maritime exercise. Although the idea is far from new, the very fact that it is being scheduled for this year is testament to broader changes that have been underway over the past few years, both in the region more broadly as well as in terms of the South China Sea more specifically.

Tags: Commentary, maritime cooperation, joint drills, joint exercise, China-ASEAN Maritime Exercise

Title:

 Mattis says a U.S. aircraft carrier is likely to visit Vietnam amid Chinese tension

Author:

Alex Horton

Source:

The Washington Post

Date:

 January 25, 2017

Description:

HANOI, Vietnam — The United States is finalizing plans to dock an aircraft carrier in the south of Vietnam this March, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Thursday, part of growing military cooperation between the nations and a 1,092-foot-long signal to China to rethink its aggressive expansion. The USS Carl Vinson will make a port call in Danang, according to the proposal, the first-ever carrier port call after smaller U.S.-flagged ships have moored here.

Tags: China-US Relations, US-Vietnam relations, USS Carl Vinson, port call

Title:

 Duterte to seek China's help against terrorism, piracy in Asean waters

Author:

Ruth Gita

Source:

SunStar Manila

Date:

January 24, 2018

Description:

PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday, January 24, sought the assistance of China in combating terrorism and piracy in the Southeast Asian waters to ensure peace and stability in the region. Duterte, in a speech delivered before he left the country for his visit to India, said he believed that China could be of big help in dealing with terrorists and pirates who prowl the vast waters in Southeast Asia

Tags: China-ASEAN Relations, Duterte Foreign Policy, Terrorism, Piracy

Title:

 What challenges lie ahead of Singapore as it takes the helm of ASEAN?

Author:

Kiersnerr Gerwin Tacadena

Source:

International Business Times

Date:

January 19, 2018

Description:

Resilience and innovation are two themes Singapore will focus on as it takes the ASEAN chairmanship this year. However, there are certain challenges the city-state would have to face as the year unfolds. According to BMI Research, while Singapore will likely seek to ensure the continued progress of various regional initiatives, it may encounter increased frictions between ASEAN parties and China.

Tags: Singapore, ASEAN Chairmanship

Title:

 China’s debt-trap diplomacy snares our Asian neighbours

Author:

Amanda Hodge

Source:

The Australian

Date:

January 13, 2018 

Description:

It wasn’t long ago that local entrepreneurs in Sri Lanka’s remote Hambantota district were running “white elephant” tours of the sleepy town’s Chinese-funded, multi-billion-dollar attractions. They would start at the international airport dubbed the “emptiest airport in the world” and move on to the port with no ships, and finally the cricket stadium.

Tags: Australia, Sri Lanka's Hambantota Port, Australia-ASEAN relations, debt trap, debt trap diplomacy

Title:

 China, Cambodia vow to promote comprehensive strategic cooperative partnership in new era

Author:

Xinhua

Source:

Xinhua

Date:

January 11, 2018 

Description:

China and Cambodia have vowed to promote their comprehensive strategic cooperative partnership in the new era, according to a joint communique released after Chinese Premier Li Keqiang concluded his visit to Cambodia on Thursday. The two countries vowed to cement high-level exchanges and strategic communication and make full play of the role of China-Cambodia Inter-Governmental Coordination Committee to guide bilateral cooperation in various areas, said the communique.

Tags: China-ASEAN Relations, Belt and Road Initiative, China-Cambodia Relations, trade cooperation

Title:

 31st ASEAN Summit displayed the ‘psychological kidnapping’ of the Philippines by the Dragon

Author:

SD Pradhan

Source:

Times of India

Date:

November 28, 2017

Description:

The Chairman’s statement at the 31st ASEAN Summit in the Philippines indicated that there were sufficient positive developments practically in all field. The performance of the all ASEAN sectorial bodies was found to be commendable. The ASEAN’s efforts in promoting complementarities between the ASEAN Community Vision 2025 and the United Nations (UN) 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development were assessed as satisfactory.

Tags: Commentary, ASEAN Summit 2017, ASEAN Summit 2017 Chairman's Statement

Title:

 OPINION: ASEAN COC framework affirms Duterte’s policy shift in PH dealing with China

Author:

Ellen T. Tordesillas

Source:

ABS-CBN News

Date:

November 20, 2017

Description:

The Philippines' major shift in foreign policy, which is to talk with China bilaterally on the territorial dispute over Scarborough Shoal, has gotten affirmation from ASEAN with the adoption of the Framework of the Code of Conduct for the South China Sea in last’s week's ASEAN Summit.

Tags: Commentary, South China Sea, Arbitration Award, Duterte Foreign Policy, Code of Conduct, South China Sea Territorial Dispute

Title:

 What Filipinos got from the ASEAN Summit

Author:

Regine Cabato, Chad de Guzman, and Eimor Santos, CNN Philippines

Source:

CNN Philippines

Date:

November 16, 2017

Description:

The main event of the country's chairmanship of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) drew to a close on Tuesday, with Manila achieving gains on some key economic and political concerns.

Tags: News, ASEAN Summit 2017

Title:

 Defense chiefs back freedom of navigation in South China Sea

Author:

Jaime Laude

Source:

The Philippine Star

Date:

October 25, 2017

Description:

The South China Sea issue was highlighted at yesterday’s ASEAN Defense Ministers Meeting Plus (ADMM Plus), with participating states declaring support for freedom of navigation and non-militarization as well as observance of a rules-based approach in resolving the conflict.

Tags: News, Freedom of navigation, Delfin Lorenzana, FONOPs, ASEAN Defence Ministers Meeting 2017

Title:

 PH to push for interests in crafting of sea code of conduct - DFA

Author:

Dharel placido

Source:

ABSCBN News

Date:

 August 1, 2017

Description:

MANILA – The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Tuesday said the Philippines will push for its interests when it negotiates a binding code of conduct in the South China Sea with its regional neighbors, including major sea claimant China. DFA acting Spokesperson Robespierre Bolivar said ASEAN and China’s foreign ministers are expected to endorse the framework on the code of conduct when they meet in Manila on August 6.

Tags: South China Sea, China-ASEAN Relations, West Philippine Sea, Code of Conduct, Duterte's Beijing Visit 2016

Title:

 Duterte: China vital for Philippine development

Author:

(Associated Press)

Source:

The Philippine Star

Date:

October 18, 2016 

Description:

BEIJING — Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has told China's official news agency that China is his country's only hope for development. Duterte said in an interview with Xinhua News Agency that his visit to China beginning Tuesday points toward a restoration of trust between the sides following recent tensions over territorial disputes in the South China Sea. He said China is a potent source of capital for much-needed infrastructure development and that the Philippines should leverage its 2 million-strong ethnic Chinese minority as a bridge to encourage Chinese investment.

Tags: Infrastructure, Philippines-China Relations, Duterte, Duterte Foreign Policy

Title:

 Philippines Leader to End Joint Military Exercises, Naval Patrols With U.S.

Author:

Cris Larano

Source:

The Wall Street Journal

Date:

 September 29, 2016

Description:

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said joint military exercises scheduled for October between the Philippines and the U.S. will be the last for the longtime allies, as he seeks to avoid upsetting China, with which he hopes to build stronger trade and investment ties.

Tags: News, Military Cooperation, Philippines-US Relations, Duterte, Duterte Foreign Policy

Title:

 Duterte's 'cross the Rubicon' remark does not equate to cutting US ties, says Yasay

Author:

Levi A. So

Source:

The Philippine Star

Date:

 September 27, 2016

Description:

MANILA, Philippines — Foreign Affairs Secretary Perfecto Yasay said Tuesday that President Rodrigo Duterte's "cross the Rubicon" statement does not mean that the Philippines is veering away from its traditional friendship with the United States.

Tags: News, Philippines-US Relations, Perfecto Yasay, Duterte Foreign Policy