Political Security

Title:

 Expert: PH should explore more VFA-type pacts

Author:

Roy Mabasa

Source:

Manila Bulletin

Date:

December 10, 2017

Description:

The Philippines should explore more Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA)-type pacts with other countries in Asia Pacific to counter China’s continuing expansion in the disputed West Philippine Sea (WPS), a security and international studies expert said over the weekend.

Tags: News, Japan-Philippines Relations, Visiting Forces Agreement, Philippines-Australia Relations

Title:

 Time to consider the ICJ as China-PH next forum

Author:

FRANCISCO TATAD

Source:

The Manila Times

Date:

December 4, 2017

Description:

The Vietnamese government must have been pleasantly surprised when after apologizing for the incident last Sepember, in which two Vietnamese fishermen were killed while poaching inside Philippine waters, President Rodrigo Duterte last Wednesday personally sent off the five other illegal fishermen who had been arrested and detained after the incident. Indeed, the killing was regrettable, as every other killing is, but DU30 has never publicly apologized for any killing before, so Hanoi has every reason to be grateful.

Tags: Commentary, Arbitration Award, Duterte Foreign Policy, South China Sea Territorial Dispute

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:

 Duterte open to lifting moratorium on joint exploration in West PH Sea

Author:

Llanesca Panti

Source:

The Manila Times

Date:

 November 22, 2017

Description:

PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte is open to lifting the moratorium on oil exploration at the West Philippine Sea. Duterte raised the possibility a week after he met with People’s Republic of China Premier Li Keqiang who, in a joint statement, said that the two countries “may explore means to cooperate with each other in other possible maritime activities, including maritime oil and gas exploration and exploitation.”

Tags: South China Sea, West Philippine Sea, Joint Exploration, Duterte Foreign Policy, Li Keqiang

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