Philippine Foreign Policy

Title:

 How aspiring Philippine leaders will handle international challenges

Author:

Julio S. Amador

Source:

Nikkei Asian Review

Date:

 March 8, 2016

Description:

Foreign policy, while not usually an electoral issue in the Philippines, now looms large in the country's politics. All five aspiring candidates for the May 9 presidential election have stressed their determination to improve the country's international relations. There are some immediate challenges: forthcoming ruling in The Hague on the Philippines' territorial dispute with China in the South China Sea is likely to affect the foreign policy position of any presidential candidate. But regardless of the ruling, it is clear that all candidates will seek better ties with China.

Tags: Commentary, South China Sea, Philippine Presidential Elections

Title:

 How aspiring Philippine leaders will handle international challenges

Author:

Julio S. Amador

Source:

Nikkei Asian Review

Date:

March 8, 2016

Description:

Foreign policy, while not usually an electoral issue in the Philippines, now looms large in the country's politics. All five aspiring candidates for the May 9 presidential election have stressed their determination to improve the country's international relations. There are some immediate challenges: forthcoming ruling in The Hague on the Philippines' territorial dispute with China in the South China Sea is likely to affect the foreign policy position of any presidential candidate. But regardless of the ruling -- to be made as early as May by the arbitral tribunal constituted by the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague -- it is clear that all candidates will seek better ties with China.

Tags: Arbitration, Philippines-China Relations, Philippine Presidential Elections, Philippine Foreign Policy, Philippines-US Relations

Title:

 Where do our candidates stand on China and the West Philippine Sea?

Author:

Lila Shahani

Source:

The Philippine Star

Date:

February 1, 2016

Description:

As the campaign season kicks into high gear, several issues, scandals and assorted gossip have hogged the headlines, while other equally pressing matters have dropped out of view. For example, there is the question of Chinese expansion into the West Philippine Sea. As we focus on a wide range of domestic issues, the Chinese military has not let up in its encroachment upon Philippine territory, at least as we define it in our Constitution. How will the incoming presidential leadership deal with this burning issue?

Tags: South China Sea, West Philippine Sea, Philippine-China Relations, Philippine Presidential Elections

Title:

 Bongbong on West PH Sea: Let's sit down with China and talk

Author:

Tricia Aquino

Source:

InterAksyon.com

Date:

January 30, 2016

Description:

Even as China has already completed test flights on an airstrip at the artificial island it built up on Kagitingan or Fiery Cross Reef in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea), Senator and vice presidential aspirant Ferdinand Bongbong Marcos believes the superpower will still listen to the Philippines as it makes its claim on the disputed territory there.

Tags: China, Bilateral Cooperation, South China Sea, Arbitration, Philippines-China Relations

Title:

 Arbitration is right, aggressive behavior is not

Author:

Elizabeth P. Buensuceso

Source:

The Jakarta Post

Date:

January 28, 2016

Description:

When China’s Ambassador to ASEAN first wrote an article about China’s ill-advised position on the Philippine arbitration case (The Jakarta Post, Dec. 26), we did not bother to reply as the arguments presented were an old rehash of China’s so-called historic rights and were refutations of the rulings issued by the Arbitral Tribunal. 

Tags: South China Sea, Arbitration, China’s Position Paper, One Belt One Road, Philippines-China Relations

Title:

 China Hopes Philippines Makes Wise Choice on South China Sea Issue

Author:

CRI Online

Source:

CRI Online

Date:

November 11, 2015

Description:

Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi has said China hopes the Philippines can make a wise choice in seeking a solution to the South China Sea dispute. "It is a deadlock impeding China-Philippines ties from being improved. We do not want to see it getting worse, becoming a problem that defies a solution. The key to solving this depends on the Philippines' action, as it should undo what it has already done. We hope the Philippines can make a wiser choice on this issue."

Tags: South China Sea, Philippine-China Relations, Wang Yi

Title:

 Why the Philippines Won't Have a New China Policy After Aquino

Author:

Richard Javad Heydrian

Source:

The Diplomat

Date:

July 29, 2015

Description:

For the past two years, several governments, corporations, and academics from across the Asia-Pacific region have repeatedly asked me about a single issue: Whether the departure of President Benigno Aquino could usher in a new type of bilateral relationship with China. In the coming months, the Philippines will enter the election season, and as candidates from varying political persuasions jostle for the top office, such speculative question will gain more currency.

Tags: Commentary, South China Sea, Philippine-China Relations, Philippine Presidential Elections

Title:

 A New Twist in the Souht China Sea Showdown

Author:

Malcolm Cook

Source:

nationalinterest.org

Date:

April 15, 2015

Description:

Elections are rarely decided by foreign policy issues, but election results can decide foreign policy issues. The 2016 Philippines presidential election looks like it could lead to a sharp change in Manila's approach to its maritime boundary disputes with China in the West Philippine Sea. The US, Indonesia and Vietnam are taking firmer and more active positions on the South China Sea disputes involving China in the face of Beijing's aggressive reclamation activities targeting Philippine claims. President Aquino has won international support for the Philippines' firm stance.

Tags: Commentary, South China Sea, Philippine-China Relations, Philippine Presidential Elections