Chinese Foreign Policy

Title:

 China Calmed Asian Maritime Dispute in 2017 Without Ceding Sovereignty

Author:

Ralph Jennings

Source:

Voice of America

Date:

December 11, 2017

Description:

China calmed Asia's biggest maritime sovereignty dispute in 2017 by offering aid, investment and the pledge of negotiations with weaker Southeast Asian countries as Beijing's chief nemesis, the United States, kept quiet.

Tags: Commentary, South China Sea, US South China Sea Policy, Trump South China Sea Policy, FONOPs, South China Sea Territorial Dispute

Title:

 China 'gravely concerned' after Philippines inks investment deal with Taiwan

Author:

Ian Nicolas Cigaral

Source:

The Philippine Star

Date:

December 9, 2017

Description:

MANILA, Philippines — China on Friday expressed “grave concern” over the recent signing of an investment protection agreement between the Philippines and Taiwan, a self-ruled island that China considers a breakaway province with no right to establish diplomatic ties.

Tags: News, Investments, Philippines-China Relations, Trade and Investments, Philippines-Taiwan Relations

Title:

 The Belt and Road Initiative and China's Southeast Asia Diplomacy

Author:

Xue Li and Li Yongke

Source:

The Diplomat

Date:

November 28, 2017

Description:

With the launch of the “Belt and Road Initiative,” neighborhood diplomacy has become a priority for China. China has many neighboring countries, but from the perspective of the “Belt and Road Initiative,” Southeast Asia has a place of prominence. It is the preferred region for the construction of the “21st Century Maritime Silk Road,” as both proposed routes of the “21st Century Maritime Silk Road” will go through this area. At the same time, the China-Indochina Corridor for International Economic Cooperation is one of the six major corridors to be constructed under the “Silk Road Economic Belt.”

Tags: Commentary, ASEAN-China Relations

Title:

 China’s bumpy ‘peaceful rise’

Author:

Narciso Reyes Jr.

Source:

Inquirer.net

Date:

November 28, 2017

Description:

On the surface, China’s paramount leader, President Xi Jinping, seems to be on an unstoppable roll—like a modern-day emperor with a fresh mandate from heaven. In marked contrast, US President Donald Trump, the leader of the free world and undisputed superpower on the planet, looks chastised and weakened by very low poll ratings, a simmering revolt in his own party, and, worst of all, a bloodhound of a prosecutor closing in on his Russian connections.

Tags: Commentary, Xi Jinping, US-China Relations, Big Powers

Title:

 How will China behave in this century?

Author:

GIL H. A SANTOS

Source:

The Manila Times

Date:

October 29, 2017

Description:

AFTER the whole world followed the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China (CPC) in Beijing last week, now is the time to scrutinize the congress’ official report and see how it impacts on our Asean region, and the Philippines in particular.

Tags: Commentary, China's 19th National Congress

Title:

 Xi vows to surmount obstacles for "new era" of China's prosperity

Author:

Takuya Karube

Source:

KYODO NEWS

Date:

October 18, 2017

Description:

China has entered a "new era" of prosperity and there should be no tolerance for any actions that may obstruct the promising future unfolding, President Xi Jinping said Wednesday, as he opened the Communist Party's twice-a-decade congress to enter his second term, possibly with much stronger power.

Tags: Commentary, Xi Jinping, Analysis, China's 19th National Congress

Title:

 Beijing Adopts New Tactic for S. China Sea Claims

Author:

Bill Gertz

Source:

The Washington Free Beacon

Date:

 September 21, 2017

Description:

The Chinese government recently unveiled a new legal tactic to promote Beijing's aggressive claim to own most of the strategic South China Sea. The new narrative that critics are calling "lawfare," or legal warfare, involves a shift from China's so-called "9-Dash Line" ownership covering most of the sea. The new lawfare narrative is called the "Four Sha"—Chinese for sand—and was revealed by Ma Xinmin, deputy director general in the Foreign Ministry's department of treaty and law, during a closed-door meeting with State Department officials last month.

Tags: South China Sea, Arbitration, Philippines-China Relations, West Philippine Sea, Nine Dash Line, Lawfare

Title:

 China vows to continue support for ASEAN community building

Author:

Editor: Xiang Bo

Source:

Xinhua

Date:

September 6, 2017

Description:

Chinese Commerce Minister Zhong Shan (L) shakes hands with Singapore's Minister of Trade and Industry Lim Hng Kiang on the sidelines of the ASEAN Economic Ministers' Meeting and related meetings in Pasay City, the Philippines, Sept. 8, 2017. China's minister of commerce said Friday the country will continue to extend support for ASEAN community building and prioritize its trade cooperation with ASEAN countries. (Xinhua/Rouelle Umali)

Tags: China-ASEAN Expo, 49th ASEAN Economic Ministers’ Meeting

Title:

 As World Watches Kim, China Quietly Builds South China Sea Clout

Author:

Jason Koutsoukis and Dan Murtaugh

Source:

Bloomberg

Date:

Seotember 6, 2017

Description:

As Kim Jong Un’s antics in North Korea capture global attention, China is quietly moving to bolster its grip on disputed territory in the South China Sea. Last month, a Philippine lawmaker released photos he said showed Chinese fishing, coast guard and navy vessels surrounding a Philippine-occupied isle in the Spratly island chain, preventing planned repairs to a runway. Vietnam in July halted drilling in an area leased to Spain’s Repsol S.A, amid reports it did so under Chinese duress.

Tags: South China Sea, Duterte Foreign Policy, ASEAN-China Relations, North Korea, Le Thi Thu Hang, Lu Kang

Title:

 China’s Xi Jinping, Li Keqiang to visit PHL as ties enter ‘new era’ —Beijing envoy

Author:

Michaela Del Callar

Source:

GMA News

Date:

September 5, 2017 

Description:

Chinese President Xi Jinping is planning to make his first-ever state visit to the Philippines next year while Chinese Premier Li Keqiang will fly to the country for an official visit and to attend the ASEAN summit in November as relations between the once-hostile Asian neighbors enter a "new era," Beijing's top envoy to Manila said. "Ever since President Duterte took office, our relationship has dramatically improved. Relations, cooperations have entered into a new era, so we need to continue to properly handle the disputes that we have," Chinese Ambassador Zhao Jianhua told journalists at a diplomatic reception Monday evening.

Tags: Philippines, South China Sea, Zhao Jianhua, Xi Jinping, State Visit

Title:

 South China Sea situation has stabilized – China

Author:

Roy Mabasa

Source:

Manila Bulletin

Date:

August 13, 2017

Description:

From Beijing’s perspective, the real progress made during the recently concluded 50th Association of Southeast Asian Nations Foreign Ministers’ Meeting (AMM) and Related Meetings hosted by Manila is that under the joint efforts of China and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) member-countries, the situation in the South China Sea has been stabilized. This was pointed out by Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi as he expressed his views on the outcome of the meetings attended by foreign ministers and senior officials from the 10 ASEAN member-countries and its dialogue partners which include China.

Tags: South China Sea, Wang Yi, ASEAN Summit 2017, ASEAN Foreign Ministers Meeting 2017