Asia Pacific Regional Developments

Title:

 Premier Li's visit to the Philippines to promote China-ASEAN ties

Author:

Editor: Xiang Bo

Source:

Xinhua

Date:

November 6, 2017

Description:

BEIJING, Nov. 6 (Xinhua) -- Chinese Premier Li Keqiang's visit to the Philippines from Nov. 12 to 16, his first overseas trip since the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China, will deepen friendly cooperation with the Philippines, promote China-ASEAN ties and enhance regional cooperation in East Asia, senior officials said Monday.

Tags: News, China-ASEAN Relations, Li Keqiang

Title:

 Everything You Need to Know About President Trump’s Grueling Asia Tour

Author:

Charlie Campbell

Source:

Time

Date:

November 3, 2017

Description:

On Nov. 3, Donald Trump embarks on a 12-day trip to five different Asian nations. North Korea and trade are expected to top his agenda as he tours Japan, South Korea, China, Vietnam and the Philippines, where leaders will be keen to ingratiate themselves to the mercurial geopolitical neophyte.

Tags: Commentary, Donald Trump, Trump foreign policy, Trump Asia Tour 2017

Title:

 Beijing seen poised for fresh South China Sea assertiveness

Author:

Greg Torode, Ben Blanchard

Source:

Reuters

Date:

October 31, 2017

Description:

China has quietly undertaken more construction and reclamation in the South China Sea, recent satellite images show, and is likely to more powerfully reassert its claims over the waterway soon, regional diplomats and military officers say.

Tags: News, South China Sea, Island Building, Territorial Disputes, Chinese Reclamation, Chinese Foreign Ministry

Title:

 ASEAN at 50: The way forward

Author:

Johnny Litton

Source:

The Philippine Star

Date:

 October 16, 2017

Description:

The Carlos P. Ro
mulo Foundation , in
cooperation with the
Association of South
east Asian Nations-In
stitutes of Strategic and
International Studies
and Stratbase ADR In
stitute hosted a confer
ence titled ASEAN at
50: The Way Forward
at the Manila Polo Club
in Makati City. Held on 
the eve of the ASEAN 
Foreign Ministerial Meeting, the event was organized by ambassador Roberto “Bobby” Romulo, former Foreign Affairs secretary Albert del Rosario and Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS-Indonesia) senior fellow and co-founder Jusuf Wanandi. The conference invited 36 distinguished speakers and pundits from different ASEAN nations, with Finance secretary Carlos Dominguez and Foreign Affairs secretary Alan Peter Cayetano representing the Philippines. Here’s to fifty years of partnering for change and engaging the world!

Tags: ASEAN, Albert Del Rosario, Alan Peter Cayetano, ASEAN Foreign Ministers Meeting 2017, CSIS Indonesia, Jusuf Wanandi

Title:

 Britain steers away from US-style South China Sea exercises

Author:

Latika Bourke

Source:

The Sydney Morning Herald

Date:

 October 11, 2017

Description:

Manchester: Britain has no plans to conduct deliberate freedom-of-navigation exercises in the South China Sea, Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon said. While Sir Michael said Britain would readily fly and sail through the Straits of Malacca, he was urged by a former junior Tory defence minister Sir Gerald Howarth to take a stronger line against China to reinforce the Five Power defence arrangement. That arrangement includes Australia, as well as supporting the UK's principle ally, the US.

Tags: South China Sea, Britain, US South China Sea Policy, Michael Fallon

Title:

 Exclusive: U.S. warship sails near islands Beijing claims in South China Sea - U.S. officials

Author:

Idrees Ali

Source:

Reuters

Date:

October 11, 2017

Description:

A U.S. Navy destroyer sailed near islands claimed by China in the South China Sea on Tuesday, three U.S. officials told Reuters, prompting anger in Beijing, even as President Donald Trump’s administration seeks Chinese cooperation in reining in North Korea’s missile and nuclear programs.

Tags: News, South China Sea, Territorial Disputes, Paracel Islands, FONOPs

Title:

 China complains after U.S. destroyer sails through South China Sea

Author:

Reuters Staff

Source:

Reuters

Date:

 October 11, 2017

Description:

China’s Foreign Ministry said on Wednesday it has lodged stern representations with the United States after a U.S. Navy destroyer sailed near islands claimed by China in the South China Sea. China urges the United States to respect China’s territory, ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said at a daily news briefing in Beijing.

Tags: South China Sea, US-China Relations, US South China Sea Policy, US-China Military Interactions, FONOPs

Title:

 Australia Warships Move to Philippines Amid Big Asia Military Deployment

Author:

Prashanth Parameswaran

Source:

The Diplomat

Date:

October 11, 2017 

Description:

This week, Australian warships docked in the Philippines for a goodwill visit as part of one of the largest coordinated task group deployments by Canberra to the region in decades. The interaction put the spotlight on the Australia-Philippine defense relationship as well as Australia’s security role in the region more broadly.

Tags: Visiting Forces Agreement, Philippines-Australia Relations, Indo-Pacific Endeavor 2017

Title:

 Philippine Lawmaker Digging Up New Intelligence on Pressure From China

Author:

Ralph Jennings

Source:

Voice of America

Date:

October 11, 2017

Description:

A Philippine opposition party legislator has been drawing attention for the release of privileged information that suggests China is infringing on offshore islets that the two countries dispute, a potential threat to a recently strengthened diplomatic relationship.

Tags: News, South China Sea, Territorial Disputes, Chinese Intrusions