Chinese Foreign Policy

Title:

 Chinese premier: South China Sea installations 'primarily' civilian

Author:

Glenda Kwek, Agence France-Presse

Source:

http://news.abs-cbn.com/focus/03/24/17/chinese-premier-south-china-sea-installations-primarily-civilian

Date:

 March 25, 2017

Description:

China is not militarizing the disputed South China Sea, the country's premier said Friday in Australia, claiming defense equipment Beijing has installed on artificial islands is "primarily" for civilian use.

Tags: News, South China Sea, Li Keqiang, Militarization of Islands

Title:

 Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying's Regular Press Conference on March 14, 2017

Author:

Hua Chunying

Source:

Foreign Minisitry of PRC

Date:

 March 14, 2017

Description:

Q: Could you talk about the specific arrangement for Vice Premier Wang Yang's visit? Will he meet with President Rodrigo Duterte? What will be the main agenda items? A: Vice Premier Wang Yang will pay an official visit to the Philippines from March 16 to 19. During the visit, he will meet with President Duterte, hold talks with the economic management team of the cabinet of the Philippines, address the opening ceremony of the China-ASEAN Year of Tourism and deliver a keynote speech at the opening ceremony of the China-Philippines Economic and Trade Forum. President Duterte paid a successful visit to China last October and China-Philippines relations have been turned around. We have seen an upward momentum in the development of China-Philippines relations, as the two countries deepen their political mutual trust, conduct practical cooperation across the board and resume dialogue and cooperation on maritime issues, delivering tangible benefits to the people of both countries and facilitating regional peace and stability. Last week, Chinese Minister of Commerce Zhong Shan visited the Philippines, where he chaired the 28th Conference of China-Philippines Joint Committee of Trade and Economy and met with six Philippine cabinet ministers, including the Finance Minister, reaching extensive consensus on practical cooperation between the two countries in various fields. We believe Vice Premier Wang Yang's visit will further enhance mutual trust between China and the Philippines, deepen China-Philippines good neighborliness and friendship, advance practical cooperation between the two countries in various fields and take China-Philippines relations to a new level. Q: Regarding media reports about Chinese survey ships cruising waters near the "Benham Rise", Philippine President Duterte said yesterday that those were just research vessels and have not intruded waters of the Philippines. The Philippines and China had reached common understanding on this and the Philippine side had been notified by the Chinese side. As things are going great, the Philippines and China should not fight about ownership and sovereignty. How does the Chinese side comment? A: China welcomes and commends relevant remarks by President Duterte. As he said, China and the Philippines have already communicated and had a friendly exchange of views on the relevant issue, clarified the facts and appropriately handled the issue. I wish to reiterate that China fully respects the Philippines' rights over the continental shelf in the "Benham Rise" and there is no such thing of China challenging those rights. But the basic principle of international law says that the EEZ and the continental shelf do not equate with territories, and a littoral state's exercise of rights over the continental shelf should not hamper such rights as freedom of navigation enjoyed by other countries under international law. Currently, under the concerted efforts of China and the Philippines, the bilateral relationship is developing with a sound momentum and practical cooperation in various areas is picking up speed. This is in line with the common interests and aspiration of the two peoples. From China's point of view, we attach great importance to the good neighborly and friendly partnership with the Philippines, and stand ready to work with the Philippines to implement the two Presidents' consensus of " upholding good neighborly and friendly cooperation, appropriately handling differences, and pursuing common development", bear in mind the larger picture of bilateral relations, continue to enhance mutual understanding and mutual trust, deepen friendly cooperation, and strive for the continued, sound and steady development of bilateral relations.

Tags: Philippines-China Relations, Benham Rise, Wang Yang

Title:

 China plans 1st structure on disputed South China Sea shoal

Author:

Associated Press

Source:

Star Tribune

Date:

 March 17, 2017

Description:

China plans to build the first permanent structure on a South China Sea shoal at the heart of a territorial dispute with the Philippines, in a move likely to renew concerns over Beijing's robust assertions of its claims in the strategically crucial waterbody. The top official in Sansha City that has administered China's island claims since 2012 was quoted by the official Hainan Daily newspaper as saying that preparations were underway to build an environmental monitoring station on Scarborough Shoal off the northwestern Philippines.

Tags: South China Sea, Philippines-China Relations, Duterte Foreign Policy, Wang Yang, Xiao Jie

Title:

 China claims right to decide on Scarborough's fate

Author:

Patricia Lourdes Viray

Source:

The Philippine Star

Date:

 March 13, 2017

Description:

MANILA, Philippines — Ignoring the arbitral ruling anew, Beijing insisted that it is within their sovereignty what to do with Scarborough (Panatag) Shoal following reports that Americans stopped them from reclaiming the Filipino fishing ground.

Tags: News, Scarborough Shoal, Territorial Disputes

Title:

 Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang

Author:

Jaime Pilapil

Source:

The Manila Times

Date:

 March 12, 2017

Description:

BEIJING has denied intruding into Philippine territory, saying Chinese survey vessels did not explore the Benham Rise region off Aurora Province last year, but cast doubt on Manila’s hold on the undersea area. Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said Chinese vessels merely passed through international waters.

Tags: News, Benham Rise, Chinese Foreign Ministry

Title:

 China-Philippines Relations: Beijing Rejects Manila’s Concerns Over Chinese Ships Incident

Author:

Vishakha Sonawane

Source:

International Business Times

Date:

 March 10, 2017

Description:

China rejected Friday claims made by the Philippines that Beijing sent survey ships into the latter’s 200-nautical mile exclusive economic zone. On Thursday, the Philippines Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said Chinese ships were found in recent months near its coast and a warship was spotted 70 miles off its western coast in the South China Sea. Lorenzana said satellite images showed Chinese ships for three months in 2016 in Benham Rise, an area the United Nations has declared a territory of the Philippines' continental shelf.

Tags: Philippines-China Relations, Benham Rise

Title:

 China hikes defence budget to a whopping USD 152 billion

Author:

PTI

Source:

The New Indian Express

Date:

 March 6, 2017

Description:

BEIJING: China has hiked its military spending by seven percent to USD 152 billion, about three times higher than that of India, as Beijing braced for countering America's push into the disputed the South China Sea.

Tags: News, Chinese Military

Title:

 China's 2017 defense budget rise to slow again

Author:

Michael Martina and Philip Wen

Source:

Reuters

Date:

 March 4, 2017

Description:

Defying pressure for a strong increase in defense spending, China said on Saturday its military budget this year would grow about 7 percent, its slowest pace since 2010. Last year, with China's economy slowing, the defense budget recorded its lowest increase in six years, 7.6 percent, the first single-digit rise since 2010, following a nearly unbroken two-decade run of double-digit increases.

Tags: Military Modernization, Chinese Military, Defese Budget

Title:

 Chinese official reaffirms Phl-China ties with Rody

Author:

Christina Mendez

Source:

The Philippine Star

Date:

January 19, 2017 

Description:

MANILA, Philippines - Chinese Foreign Vice Minister Liu Zhenmin’s visit to President Duterte at Malacañang last Tuesday was merely to reaffirm bilateral commitments, presidential spokesman Ernesto Abella said yesterday. Abella said the note verbale issued by the Department of Foreign Affairs against the presence of China’s weapons systems in the disputed South China Sea did not crop up during the visit of the top Chinese official.

Tags: South China Sea, Arbitration, Philippines-China Relations, West Philippine Sea, Liu Zhenmin

Title:

 Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying's Regular Press Conference on January 16, 2016

Author:

Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying

Source:

MOFA People's Republic of China

Date:

January 16, 2017 

Description:

Q: Philippine President Duterte delivered a speech at the launching ceremony of the Philippines’ exertion of ASEAN rotating chairmanship on January 15, saying that the Philippines would stay committed to visions and values held dear by ASEAN and strove to achieve the common goal under its presidency. How do you comment? A: We have seen relevant reports. The Chinese government always gives priority to ASEAN in developing neighborhood diplomacy, staunchly supporting the building of the ASEAN community, ASEAN centrality in regional cooperation and a greater role by ASEAN in international and regional affairs. This year marks the 50th birthday of ASEAN and is designated as the China-ASEAN year of tourism cooperation. We are ready to step up dialogue and communication with ASEAN, make the year of tourism cooperation a success, forge new pillars of cultural and people-to-people cooperation, deepen mutually beneficial cooperation across the board, and bring fresh driving force to China-ASEAN cooperation. Situation in the South China Sea has eased up thanks to the joint efforts by China and ASEAN countries. We are willing to work with ASEAN countries to focus on development and cooperation as we always do, properly handle disputes, devote ourselves to upholding the overall interests of China-ASEAN relations and promote regional peace, stability and prosperity. China is poised to support the Philippines fulfilling its role as the ASEAN rotating chair, and move forward the building of the ASEAN community and China-ASEAN relations.

Tags: China-ASEAN Relations, Philippines-China Relations, ASEAN 2017

Title:

 Chinese envoy welcomes Philippines' ASEAN chairmanship, says China to remain ally of ASEAN

Author:

Lilian C. Mellejor, Philippines News Agency

Source:

InterAksyon.com

Date:

January 16, 2016 

Description:

DAVAO CITY, Philippines -- The People’s Republic of China will remain a firm ally of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) as it welcomed the Philippines taking the leadership of the ten-member group. This support even extends to the maritime security and cooperation that the ASEAN included in its six thematic priorities. This was emphasized by Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines Zhao Jianhua in an interview on the sidelines of the launching of the Philippines’ chairmanship of the ASEAN 2017 held Sunday at the SMX Convention Center in Davao City

Tags: Zhao Jianhua, China-ASEAN Relations, Philippines-China Relations, ASEAN 2017

Title:

 Full text: China's Policies on Asia-Pacific Security Cooperation

Author:

Xinhua

Source:

Xinhua.net

Date:

 January 11, 2017

Description:

Visions guide actions, and to solve new problems new visions are required. Old security concepts based on the Cold War mentality, zero-sum game, and stress on force are outdated given the dynamic development of regional integration. In the new circumstances, all countries should keep up with the times, strengthen solidarity and cooperation with openness and inclusiveness, make security vision innovations, work to improve regional security systems and explore a new path for Asian security.

Tags: China, South China Sea, Southeast Asia