Asia Pacific Regional Developments

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

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