Asia Pacific Regional Developments

Title:

 Chinese ships patrol disputed East China Sea area

Author:

RTHK

Source:

RTHK

Date:

September 25, 2017 

Description:

Chinese coast guard vessels sailed near disputed islands claimed by Japan and China in the East China Sea on Monday, marking the second such incident in less than a week. The four ships entered the waters surrounding the island chain, controlled by Japan and known as Senkaku in Japanese and Diaoyu in China, at around 10am and were moving in a southwest direction, according to the Japanese coast guard.

Tags: China-Japan Relations, East China Sea

Title:

 Palace: Vietnamese caught fishing in PH exclusive economic zone

Author:

Dharel Placido, ABS-CBN News

Source:

ABS-CBN News

Date:

September 25, 2017

Description:

MANILA – The Philippine government on Monday vowed a “fair and thorough” probe into the killing of two Vietnamese fishermen off Pangasinan in South China Sea, even as it noted that the foreigners encroached on the country’s 200-nautical mile exclusive economic zone.

Tags: News, Vietnam, Fishing Disputes, Philippine-Vietnam Relations

Title:

 What Will China Do if the U.S. Attacks North Korea?

Author:

Shen Dingli, Bonnie Glaser, Seong-Hyon Lee

Source:

Chinafile.com

Date:

 September 21, 2017

Description:

During a speech at the United Nations General Assembly on September 19, U.S. President Donald Trump warned that if North Korea threatened the United States or its allies, he would “totally destroy” the nation. As tensions continue to rise between Washington and Pyongyang, is Beijing growing more or less likely to intervene in a conflict between the United States and North Korea? On which side would China intervene? —The Editors

Tags: US-China Relations, North Korea

Title:

 Beijing Retaliates to Trump's Remark on South China Sea at UN General Assembly

Author:

India.com NewsDesk

Source:

India.com

Date:

September 20, 2017 

Description:

The President of United States, in his speech at the United Nations General Assembly, implicitly warned Russia and China against their respective attempts to “undermine sovereignty” in the conflicted region of Ukraine and the resource-rich South China Sea.

Tags: South China Sea, China-US Relations, Trump South China Sea Policy, UN General Assembly

Title:

 ASEAN seeks strong Japanese presence in Asia to counter China

Author:

HIROYUKI AKITA

Source:

Nikkei Asian Review

Date:

September 19, 2017 

Description:

TOKYO -- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Thursday met his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi -- his closest political friend in Asia -- for the tenth time. The two, both conservative politicians, became good friends about a decade ago, when Modi was a political leader in his home town. Their prime concern now is how to cope with China's growing influence, about which they must have had a deep discussion during dinner the previous day.

Tags: Shinzo Abe, India, Belt and Road Initiative, ASEAN-Japan Relations

Title:

 China, Laos Hold New Defense Meeting

Author:

Prashanth Parameswaran

Source:

The Diplomat

Date:

September 18, 2017 

Description:

Over the weekend, China and Laos held the first iteration of a new defense consultative mechanism. The convening of the so-called high-level frontier meetings, led by the defense ministers of both sides, has been billed yet another step in the development of security ties by Beijing and Vientiane despite some of the recent challenges inherent in the relationship.

Tags: Laos, ASEAN-China Relations

Title:

 Trade ties up as Taipei looks ‘south’

Author:

Tho Xin Yi

Source:

The Star Online

Date:

 September 17, 2017

Description:

SINCE Tsai Ing-wen became Taiwan president in May last year, Taipei’s ties with mainland China have strained due to her insistence that Taiwan is not an integral part of China. Beijing has made known it cannot tolerate rhetoric that challenges its uncompromising “One China” policy.

Tags: Cross-strait relations, Belt and Road Initiative, New Southbound Policy, Taiwan-Malaysia Relations

Title:

 China, ASEAN to boost investment promotion

Author:

Ghio Ong

Source:

The Philippine Star

Date:

September 14, 2017 

Description:

Nanning, China – China and members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), which includes the Philippines, are expected to enhance further the cooperation on investment and production in several fields as the city hosts the 14th China-ASEAN Expo (Caexpo). “Bilateral high-level forums on production capacity and investment cooperation will be held between China and Cambodia, China and the Philippines and China and Vietnam,” said Gao Feng, spokesman for China’s ministry of commerce, in a statement.

Tags: China-ASEAN Relations, Trade and Investments, CAEXPO 2017

Title:

 Japan says jet fighters conducted drills with U.S. aircraft over East China Sea

Author:

Reuters Staff

Source:

Reuters

Date:

September 9, 2017

Description:

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese F-15 fighter jets on Saturday conducted an air exercise with U.S. B1-B bombers in the skies above the East China Sea, Japan’s Air Self Defense Force (ASDF) said. The joint drill comes as South Korea braces for a possible further missile test by North Korea as it marked its founding anniversary, just days after its sixth and largest nuclear test rattled global financial markets and further escalated tensions in the region.

Tags: East China Sea, Japan-US relations, joint exercise

Title:

 The Philippines Is Forcing China To Limit Its Aggressive Maritime Expansion

Author:

Ralph Jennings

Source:

Forbes

Date:

August 29, 2017

Description:

The difference in military might between China and the Philippines is so great it’s hardly worth a breakdown. China runs the world’s third strongest military, according to the database GlobalFirePower.com, while the Philippines ranks No. 50. But the Southeast Asian archipelago is showing China, case by case, how far it can go in a decade-old effort to control a giant disputed sea where it is one of five claimants to the area.

Tags: Commentary, South China Sea, Territorial Disputes

Title:

 Japan’s Maritime Diplomacy Mission in Southeast Asia

Author:

Michael Hart

Source:

The Diplomat

Date:

August 28, 2017

Description:

Over the past year, Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has embarked upon a drive to cultivate closer bilateral maritime security ties with Southeast Asian nations. Abe’s concerted maritime diplomacy strategy has unfolded in response to growing Chinese assertiveness in the East and South China Seas, where Japan and several ASEAN states remain locked in intractable territorial disputes with China. Amidst heightened tensions, Japan is seeking new maritime defense partnerships to boost naval capacity and ensure the continued security of East Asia’s economically-vital sea lanes.

Tags: Commentary, Japan, Shinzo Abe

Title:

 As the U.S. steps back, Vietnamese wonder if China is taking control

Author:

Vincent Bevins

Source:

The Washington Post

Date:

August 26, 2017

Description:

Citizens of Vietnam have developed an unusual national pastime: Across the country and on social networks, people trade suspicions that their government is secretly giving in to an aggressive China. And lately, there has been plenty of fuel for their rumors. Some blame a visibly diminished U.S. presence for giving Beijing an opportunity to act behind the scenes. Many blame officials in Hanoi for putting economic cooperation or alleged communist solidarity above questions of national pride. Last month, when a valuable project overseen by the Spanish company Repsol was suspended without explanation, both theories abounded.

Tags: China-Vietnam relations, US-Vietnam relations, Oil and gas, Trump South China Sea Policy, Public Opinion, Trump foreign policy