Political Security

Title:

 Why Japan’s New Military Aircraft Gift to the Philippines Matters

Author:

Prashanth Parameswaran

Source:

The Diplomat

Date:

October 31, 2017

Description:

Last week, Japan disclosed that, following a change in Japanese law, it will now be donating five aircraft to the Philippines rather than leasing them as previously agreed. Though the move represents just one change in a broader relationship that has already been deepening in the defense realm, its significance for both sides and the wider region ought not to be underestimated.

Tags: Commentary, Japan, Japan-Philippines Relations, Military Donations to PH

Title:

 Trump meeting with Duterte could help get ties ‘back on track’ as Manila edges closer to China

Author:

Sarah Zheng

Source:

South China Morning Post

Date:

October 28, 2017

Description:

The Philippines will be looking to get strained relations with the United States on a more stable track when US President Donald Trump travels to Manila next month, but the Southeast Asian nation will also continue its pivot towards China.

Tags: Commentary, Philippines-US Relations, ASEAN Summit 2017, Trump foreign policy

Title:

 Philippines, China agree to strengthen defense ties

Author:

Jaime Laude

Source:

The Philippine Star

Date:

October 25, 2017

Description:

The Philippines and China agreed in bilateral defense talks yesterday to strengthen defense and military-to-military relations by increasing security engagements to include enhancement of maritime cooperation as well as to peacefully resolve existing maritime and territorial disputes between the two countries

Tags: News, Philippines-China Military Cooperation, ASEAN Defence Ministers Meeting 2017

Title:

 The Philippines Wins, India Loses As China Pledges to Extend Its Global Reach

Author:

Ralph Jennings

Source:

Forbes

Date:

October 26, 2017

Description:

As part of China’s twice-per-decade Communist Party congress this month, Chinese leaders extolled their super-sized country as a provider of humanitarian and economic aid. The statements would appear to indicate that China will continue to spread the spoils of its ever-growing $11.2 trillion-plus economy and third most powerful military around Eurasia. By doing so, China gains deepening toeholds in parts of the world with prized natural resources and pacifies Western-supported countries that may otherwise oppose the expansion of Chinese influence.

Tags: Commentary, Philippines-China Relations, India-China Relations, China's 19th National Congress

Title:

 While 'US Tries to Curb China' in Asia-Pacific, Beijing Boosts Its Army

Author:

Sputnik International

Source:

Sputnik International

Date:

October 25, 2017

Description:

Washington is pouring gasoline on the fire of disputes in the East and South China Seas between Beijing and its neighbors to curb China's rise and undermine its efforts to resolve the issues peacefully, analysts told Sputnik. Given the growing tensions, Beijing sees the modernization of the country's defenses as one of its top priorities.

Tags: Commentary, Military Modernization, Chinese Military, Big Powers

Title:

 Philippines, Russia sign two military deals

Author:

Manuel Mogato

Source:

Reuters

Date:

October 25, 2017

Description:

Thousands of assault rifles and helmets were among the military gear Russia donated to the Philippines in a bid to widen its arms market in Southeast Asia at a time when Manila is seeking to diversify weapons systems, officials said on Wednesday.

Tags: News, Philippines-Russia Relations

Title:

 Trump to press Beijing on North Korea, trade during China visit

Author:

REUTERS, THE KOREA HERALD/ASIA NEWS NETWORK

Source:

The Straits Times

Date:

October 24, 2017

Description:

US President Donald Trump will urge Chinese President Xi Jinping to fully implement UN Security Council resolutions against North Korea and take other steps to pressure Pyongyang when he travels to China next month, a senior White House official has said.

Tags: News, US-China Relations, Donald Trump

Title:

 U.S. touts military ties in Philippines as Duterte courts Russia, China

Author:

Phil Stewart, Manuel Mogato

Source:

Reuters

Date:

October 25, 2017

Description:

The timing of U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis’ trip to the Philippines this week couldn’t have been better, coming just as it celebrated a victory against Islamist militants in Marawi City - with a critical dose of help from the U.S. military.

Tags: News, Philippines-US Relations, US Amb to PH Sung Kim , US Defense Sec Jim Mattis, ASEAN Defence Ministers Meeting 2017

Title:

 Donald Trump's Big Trip to Asia: What Can Washington Do to Reassure ASEAN?

Author:

Michael Mazza

Source:

The National Interest

Date:

October 22, 2017

Description:

Last month, the White House announced that President Donald Trump will travel to Japan, South Korea, China, Vietnam and the Philippines in November. In Vietnam and the Philippines, he will participate in the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) summit, respectively. This is a great itinerary for Trump’s first presidential foray into the region—the lineup includes three of Washington’s five regional allies; Asia’s two largest economies; three of America’s top six trade partners; the crisis-prone Korean peninsula; a flight over the contested South China Sea; and two major summits in a region in which, as the saying goes, half of diplomacy is just showing up. In short, the trip will present the president and his team with a great learning opportunity and a superb chance to advance America’s interests in Asia.

Tags: Commentary, Southeast Asia, US South China Sea Policy, Trump South China Sea Policy

Title:

 ‘China will not seek sea militarization’

Author:

Jefferson Antiporda

Source:

The Manila Times

Date:

 October 17, 2017

Description:

hina on Monday maintained that it has no intention to militarize the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea) and would remain supportive of efforts between China and other sovereign nations to bring peace and stability in the area. However, Yao Wen, China’s foreign ministry deputy director general for policy planning of the Department of Asian Affairs, expressed concern over the navigation activities of countries outside the region in the West Philippine Sea (WPS) that could possibly lead to conflict.

Tags: South China Sea, Freedom of navigation, Philippines-China Relations, West Philippine Sea, Yao Wen

Title:

 Envoy insists on right of China to fish around Pag-asa

Author:

Carmela Fonbuena

Source:

Rappler

Date:

October 5, 2017 

Description:

MANILA, Philippines – Chinese ambassador to the Philippines Zhao Jianhua insisted on the rights of the Chinese to fish near Pag-asa (Thitu) amid protests against their presence around sandbars near the Philippine-occupied island in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea). "You may see some presence of Chinese ships or presence of Filipino ships but that's a part of what we say overlapping of disputed area," Zhao said on Thursday, October 5, when asked about the reported presence of Chinese ships near Pag-asa

Tags: South China Sea, Zhao Jianhua, West Philippine Sea, Pagasa Island