Asia Pacific Regional Developments

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:

 ASEAN-Japan Coast Guard Cooperation in the Spotlight With Philippines Exercise

Author:

Prashanth Parameswaran

Source:

The Diplomat

Date:

November 25, 2017

Description:

Earlier this month, Japan held an expanded version of a maritime exercise with the Philippines that also included other Southeast Asian states and the United States. Though Tokyo’s role in capacity-building in the maritime security realm in Southeast Asia is far from new, the development was nonetheless significant as part of a broader trend of Japan’s deepening focus on this area bilaterally and multilaterally amid a range of challenges.

Tags: joint drills, Japan-Philippines Relations, Philippine Coast Guard, joint exercise

Title:

 US, JAPAN, INDIA, AUSTRALIA ... IS QUAD THE FIRST STEP TO AN ASIAN NATO?

Author:

CARY HUANG

Source:

South China Morning Post

Date:

November 25, 2017

Description:

IT is no longer the “Asia-Pacific”, but the “Indo-Pacific”, at least, according to the United States and some of its allies. Such a change may not seem much on first glance, but these four letters are far more than a matter of semantics: they have the potential to create a seismic shift in the geopolitical landscape of the region.

Tags: Commentary, ASEAN Defence Ministers Meeting 2017, Quadrilateral Security Dialogue

Title:

 31st ASEAN Chairman's statement references international law in South China Sea

Author:

Regine Cabato, CNN Philippines

Source:

CNN Philippines

Date:

November 16, 2017

Description:

The Philippines, as chair of the 31st ASEAN Summit brought back a provision into the final Chairman's Statement that implied a reference to a landmark ruling recognizing the Philippines' claims over the South China Sea.

Tags: News, Arbitration Award, ASEAN Summit 2017, South China Sea Territorial Dispute, ASEAN Summit 2017 Chairman's Statement

Title:

 With Trump Focused on North Korea, Beijing Sails Ahead in South China Sea

Author:

DAN DE LUCE

Source:

Foreign Policy

Date:

November 16, 2017

Description:

In his 12-day trip to Asia, U.S. President Donald Trump largely focused on North Korea and trade, all but avoiding the simmering disputes in the South China Sea and steering clear of sharp criticism of Beijing’s increasingly aggressive activities there.

Tags: Commentary, South China Sea, Big Powers, Trump South China Sea Policy, Trump foreign policy, Trump Asia Tour 2017

Title:

 Draft of ASEAN Chairman’s statement leaves out South China Sea issue

Author:

Regine Cabato and Chad de Guzman, CNN Philippines

Source:

CNN Philippines

Date:

November 13, 2017

Description:

Leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) may leave it up to President Rodrigo Duterte to express the regional bloc’s position on recent developments in the contested South China Sea.

Tags: News, ASEAN, ASEAN Summit 2017, South China Sea Territorial Dispute, ASEAN Summit 2017 Chairman's Statement

Title:

 Trumps offers to mediate in South China Sea feud

Author:

Argyll Cyrus Geducos and AP

Source:

Manila Bulletin

Date:

November 13, 2017

Description:

United States (US) President Donald Trump has offered to mediate in the South China Sea disputes Sunday and while his Chinese counterpart played down concerns over Beijing’s military buildup and the prospects of war in the contested waters.

Tags: News, Donald Trump, Trump South China Sea Policy, APEC 2017, South China Sea Territorial Dispute

Title:

 Gala glitz masks Asia's tensions as Trump winds up tour

Author:

Steve Holland, Karen Lema

Source:

Reuters

Date:

November 12, 2017 

Description:

MANILA (Reuters) - Leaders from across Asia joined U.S. President Donald Trump at an extravagant gala dinner in the Philippines’ capital on Sunday, a show of amity in a region fraught with tensions that have lurked behind his marathon tour of the continent.

Tags: Donald Trump, Trump-Duterte Relations, Trump South China Sea Policy, Trump foreign policy, Trump Asia Tour 2017

Title:

 The US and China got down to business on the South China Sea

Author:

Philip Wen and Matt Spetalnick, Reuters

Source:

Business Insider

Date:

November 9, 2017

Description:

The United States and China had a frank exchange of views on the disputed South China Sea during a visit to Beijing by U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said.

Tags: News, South China Sea, Official Statement, Chinese Statement, Rex Tillerson, South China Sea Territorial Dispute