Asia Pacific Regional Developments

Title:

 Australia to continue 'freedom of navigation' patrols in South China Sea

Author:

Carla Lim

Source:

InterAksyon.com

Date:

February 21, 2016

Description:

In spite of the deployment of China's anti-aircraft missiles on Woody Island in the Paracel island chain last week, Australia will not cease its operations - whether at sea or in the air - promoting "freedom of navigation" in the South China Sea, Canberra's top diplomat to the Philippines has said.

Tags: South China Sea, Militarization, Freedom of navigation, Australia

Title:

 US-ASEAN summit fails to isolate China

Author:

Federico D. Pascual Jr.

Source:

The Philippine Star

Date:

February 18, 2016

Description:

THE UNITED STATES and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations met at the summit in California early this week to blunt China’s expansionist moves in the maritime area in the region – but could not bring themselves to saying so in their final communiqué.

Tags: South China Sea, US-ASEAN relations, US-ASEAN Summit

Title:

 Joint Statement of the U.S.-ASEAN Special Leaders’ Summit: Sunnylands Declaration

Author:

 

Source:

Office of the Press Secretary

Date:

February 15-16, 2016

Description:

We the Heads of State/Government of the Member States of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and the United States of America gathered in Sunnylands, California, on February 15-16, 2016, for a Special Leaders Summit. This Special U.S.-ASEAN Leaders Summit was the first ever to be held in the United States and the very first Summit following the establishment of the ASEAN Community.

Tags: ASEAN, UNCLOS, US-ASEAN relations, US-ASEAN Summit, Paris Climate Agreement

Title:

 PNoy bats for internal and int’l peace

Author:

Genalyn Kabiling

Source:

Manila Bulletin

Date:

February 15, 2016

Description:

Rancho Mirage, California — A relentless commitment to the Bangsamoro peace process and a peaceful resolution to the territorial dispute in the South China Sea (West Philippine Sea) will be highlighted by President Aquino in his final appearance during a regional summit in the United States this week.

Tags: ASEAN, South China Sea, Southeast Asia, US-ASEAN relations, US-ASEAN Summit, Regional Stability

Title:

 War Or Peace In The South China Sea?

Author:

Helen H. Wang

Source:

Forbes

Date:

February 5, 2016

Description:

Last week, Taiwan’s president Ma Ying-jeou made a visit to Itu Aba, a disputed island in the South China Sea. Itu Aba, also known in Chinese as “Taiping Island,” is under Taiwan’s control. Taiwan has recently finished upgrading a port and built a lighthouse. The island has an airstrip and a hospital.

Tags: Commentary, South China Sea, Southeast Asia

Title:

 AMERICA AND CHINA: IT’S COMPLICATED

Author:

Dean Cheng

Source:

warontherocks.com

Date:

February 3, 2016

Description:

“It’s complicated.” That vague Facebook relationship status indicator very much applies to the United States and the People’s Republic of China.”

Tags: US-China Relations