Political Security

Title:

 Canberra: Tribunal ruling on South China Sea reflects international law, should be implemented

Author:

Recto Mercene

Source:

BusinessMirror

Date:

January 10, 2018

Description:

Canberra on Wednesday said it will not support acts by any country that would go against the international tribunal’s ruling on the South China Sea (SCS)—including its militarization—and is encouraging both China and the Philippines to implement the decision.

Tags: News, Freedom of navigation, Australia, US-Australia Relationship, US-Australia alliance, FONOPs, Philippines-Australia Relations, Australian Ambassador Amanda Gorely

Title:

 India’s Act-East policy can deter Chinese aggression

Author:

Vinod Anand

Source:

DNA India

Date:

December 22, 2017

Description:

Recently the ASEAN India Connectivity Summit (AICS) on the theme of “Powering Digital and Physical Linkages” for Asia in the 21st century was held in New Delhi. Since the unveiling of India’s Look East Policy in 1992 and then its transformation into “Act East Policy” in 2014, India has endeavoured to strengthen connectivity to ASEAN in a variety of ways.

Tags: Commentary, India, India-ASEAN Relations, India-China Relations, Quadrilateral Security Dialogue

Title:

 China's Once Impossible Friendship With The Philippines Hits Another New High

Author:

Ralph Jennings

Source:

Forbes

Date:

December 12, 2017

Description:

It looked like harmless progress on the surface, but Manila’s deal this month with Taipei symbolized a broader victory. On December 7, the two Asian governments renewed a bilateral investment agreement. The deal fits with Taiwan’s policy of steering investment toward the booming markets of Southeast Asia and the Philippine goal of bringing in more foreign capital. It’s designed to protect capital from one side parked on the other and forms a “foundation” to “continue strengthening cooperation,” Taiwan’s foreign ministry said in a statement in Taipei.

Tags: News, Philippines-China Relations, Philippines-Taiwan Relations, One China Policy

Title:

 China’s Korean Peninsula balancing act

Author:

Nate Kerkhoff

Source:

East Asia Forum

Date:

November 29, 2017

Description:

During its 19th National Communist Party Congress spectacular in October 2017, China indicated that it would take a more active approach to foreign policy. There have already been indications that China’s revamped foreign policy is in action in the Korean Peninsula. But whether or not this signals a new era of actively promoting its political system abroad remains to be seen.

Tags: Commentary, North Korea

Title:

 Trump’s loss, China’s gain?

Author:

Bobby M. Tuazon

Source:

Inquirer.net

Date:

November 23, 2017

Description:

Is superpower America losing its grip on Asia? US President Donald Trump’s presence at the Asean Summit was ponderous compared to the demeanor of other delegates. He also missed the East Asian Summit on Nov. 14, leaving many Asean leaders clueless on whether the region was in his interest radar.

Tags: Commentary, Southeast Asia, US-ASEAN relations, Big Powers

Title:

 China rising

Author:

MARLEN V. RONQUILLO

Source:

The Manila Times

Date:

November 19, 2017

Description:

The Great Man Theory of history simply says that great leaders with charisma, intelligence, wisdom and political skills immensely shape their country and the world through their monumental and game-changing acts and decisions. It was popular in the 19th century but from the 20th century forward, it had lost its currency.

Tags: Commentary, Big Powers, Donald Trump, China's Rise, Trump foreign policy

Title:

 Opening a new chapter of China-Philippines relations

Author:

Li Keqiang

Source:

The Philippine Star

Date:

November 12, 2017

Description:

It is my great pleasure to pay an official visit to the Philippines and attend the East Asia leaders’ meetings at the invitation of President Duterte. This will be my first visit to your hospitable land as the Chinese Premier, yet I have long been drawn to your rich historical and cultural heritage, vibrant society and your cheerful and hard-working people.

Tags: Official Statement, Philippines-China Relations, Chinese Statement, Li Keqiang

Title:

 Economics key to US relevance in Southeast Asia

Author:

jacob Merkle

Source:

East Asia Forum

Date:

November 6, 2017

Description:

US strategic policy in Southeast Asia pays startlingly little attention to the role of economics. With China encouraging ASEAN members to renounce US security involvement in the region, it is time for the United States to step back and re-evaluate how it engages with Southeast Asia.

Tags: Commentary, Chinese Soft Power, Economic Pressure, US-China Relations, Big Powers, China's Economic Muscle

Title:

 South China Sea, N. Korea, counterterror top Trump’s ASEAN agend

Author:

Philippine News Agency

Source:

Northbound Philippines News Online

Date:

November 5, 2017

Description:

United States President Donald Trump’s priorities in his upcoming Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) trip include the denuclearization of North Korea, meaningful code of conduct negotiations in the South China Sea, and counterterrorism efforts among others, said Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Patrick Murphy.

Tags: News, Donald Trump, Trump-Duterte Relations, Trump South China Sea Policy, Trump Asia Tour 2017