ASEAN Relations

Title:

 Philippines' Duterte insists on using arbitral ruling vs. China

Author:

Nikkei Asian Review

Source:

Nikkei Asian Review

Date:

 July 26, 2016

Description:

MANILA (Kyodo) -- Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said on Monday his administration will use the ruling handed down by a United Nations-backed international court in its arbitration case against China over the two countries' maritime dispute in the South China Sea to negotiate for its resolution.

Tags: News, Arbitration Award, Duterte Foreign Policy

Title:

 PH sea rights non-negotiable – Palace

Author:

Joel M. Sy Egco

Source:

The Manila Times

Date:

 July 20, 2016

Description:

MALACAÑANG has hardened its stand on the Philippines’ claim over shoals and rocks at the West Philippine Sea, saying the country’s economic right over these territories is “non-negotiable.”

Tags: News, Territorial Disputes

Title:

 8 in 10 Pinoys back filing of case vs China

Author:

Helen Flores

Source:

http://www.philstar.com/headlines/2016/07/14/1602697/8-10-pinoys-back-filing-case-vs-china

Date:

 July 14, 2016

Description:

About eight in 10 Filipinos have expressed support for the government’s filing of a case against China at the United Nations Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) to settle a maritime dispute, a recent survey by the Social Weather Stations (SWS) showed.

Tags: News, Arbitration

Title:

 Why The Hague ruling matters

Author:

CNN Philippines Staff

Source:

CNN Philippines

Date:

July 13, 2016 

Description:

Chito Sta. Romana, fomer ABC News Beijing Bureau Chief, believes that the Arbitral Tribunal's ruling is both a challenge and an opportunity for the Philippines. He explained it is a challenge in the sense that Manila will have to find a way to make Beijing comply with the Tribunal's decision. For him, the opportunity lies in the new administration's signal of a less adversarial and more conciliatory approach with China.

Tags: South China Sea, Arbitration, Philippines-China Relations, The Hague, Arbitration Award

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Title:

 What's next for PH, China after court ruling?

Author:

ABS CBN News

Source:

ABS CBN News

Date:

July 12, 2016 

Description:

Political analysts and international law experts gave their two cents on what will happen next following an international court's ruling in favor of the Philippines in its maritime case against China.

Tags: South China Sea, Arbitration, Philippines-China Relations, West Philippine Sea, Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement , Regional Stability, Arbitration Award

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Title:

 This is no joke: Yasay just gave up Philippine claim on Bajo de Masinloc

Author:

Victor C. Agustin

Source:

Interaksyon

Date:

 July 11, 2016

Description:

Given the uproar and the subsequent "rejoinder" given by Foreign Secretary Perfecto Yasay Jr. on his sit-down interview with the Agence France Presse, the French news agency decided to post the transcript of the now controversial Q&A about China and the Philippines' competing claims on the South China/West Philippine Sea.

Tags: News, Scarborough Shoal, Perfecto Yasay

Title:

 The Risks of Duterte’s China and South China Sea Policy

Author:

Prashanth Parameswaran

Source:

The Diplomat

Date:

 July 9, 2016

Description:

Attending the Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore last month, it was virtually impossible to have a conversation about Southeast Asian affairs without a reference to the now newly inaugurated Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte and the extent to which his foreign policy approach might depart from that of Benigno Aquino III. Unsurprisingly, the main area of interest in this regard was Duterte’s approach to China and the South China Sea, which will be important to watch in the following weeks after the verdict issued by the Hague-based Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) on July 12.

Tags: Commentary, Duterte Foreign Policy

Title:

 The danger of Duterte’s China and South China Sea approach

Author:

Prashanth Parameswaran

Source:

Rappler

Date:

 July 8, 2016

Description:

Hearing the foreign policy rhetoric of the Philippines’ newly inaugurated president Rodrigo Duterte, the only thing that is constant appears to be change. Needless to say, that’s not been very reassuring to those watching from afar, even if seasoned observers emphasize that it is still unclear how much of that rhetoric will actually translate into reality and that his advisers could serve as checks against the President’s colorful views once the administration actually gets going.

Tags: Commentary, Duterte Foreign Policy

Title:

 Duterte goes soft on China: Let’s talk

Author:

AFP & Estrella Torres

Source:

Inquirer

Date:

July 6, 2016 

Description:

PRESIDENT Duterte on Tuesday offered China conciliatory talks on a long-awaited international tribunal ruling over Beijing’s maritime claims, a week before the verdict. Mr. Duterte, who was sworn into office last week, said he was optimistic that the UN-backed tribunal in The Hague would rule in favor of the Philippines.

Tags: South China Sea, Arbitration, Philippines-China Relations, The Hague, Duterte, Bilateral relations