Political Security

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:

 Duterte’s Art of the Deal

Author:

Richard Javad Heydarian

Source:

The National Interest

Date:

October 22, 2017

Description:

“I will be chartering [sic] a [new] course [for the Philippines] on its own and will not be dependent on the United States,” Duterte declared right after securing electoral victory. Without a doubt, it was an audacious statement from the then newly-elected Filipino president, who was set to take over one of America’s oldest and most loyal allies in history. At first, not many, including those within the diplomatic community, took his words too seriously, with some dismissing the “nationalistic” statements as soaring rhetoric bereft of policy substance.

Tags: Commentary, Philippines-US Relations, Duterte, Duterte Foreign Policy

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:

 Russia-Philippines Defense Ties to Get a New Boost

Author:

Prashanth Parameswaran

Source:

The Diplomat

Date:

October 17, 2017

Description:

Last week, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte disclosed that Moscow would be donating some defense material to the Philippines later this month. The transfer, if it occurs as scheduled, will mark part of what is expected to be a bigger October boost for Russia-Philippines military ties.

Tags: News, Military Relations, Philippines-Russia Relations, Military Donations to PH

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

Title:

 Palace: Trump visit shows strained US-PH relations on the mend

Author:

Leila B. Salaverria

Source:

Inquirer.net

Date:

October 1, 2017

Description:

The announced visit to the Philippines by US President Donald Trump shows that relations between Manila and Washington, strained by President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs and his frequent anti-US tirades, are on the mend, Malacañang said on Saturday.

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

Title:

 Duterte warms up to US, seeks ‘friendly’ ties

Author:

Philip C. Tubeza

Source:

Inquirer.net

Date:

September 30, 2017

Description:

Despite his much-publicized pivot to China, President Duterte said he wanted to have “friendly” relations with the United States and said he would halt his foul-mouthed rants against Washington as the two treaty allies focused on fighting Islamic State (IS)-linked militants in the Philippines.

Tags: News, Philippines-US Relations, Duterte Foreign Policy

Title:

 CHANGE OF HEART? Duterte on US: I’d rather be friendly to them now

Author:

Trisha Macas

Source:

GMA News

Date:

 September 28, 2017

Description:

President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday changed his rhetoric against the United States, saying this time that he'd "rather be friendly to them now." At an event in Eastern Samar to commemorate the 116th Balangiga Encounter Day, Duterte said the Americans, which he has lambasted many times in the past, have "redeemed themselves a lot." "There are so many factors involved but I'd rather be friendly to them now because aside from these episodes of, I said, sad incidents, overall I think the Americans also redeemed themselves a lot," he said.

Tags: Philippines-US Relations, Duterte Foreign Policy, Military assistance

Title:

 U.S. Support Dwindles In The Philippines As China's Reputation Grows

Author:

Ralph Jennings

Source:

Forbes

Date:

September 25, 2017 

Description:

Tough-talking, rainmaking President Rodrigo Duterte has led the Philippines for 15 months. Part of his shakeup of how things are done extends to rebalancing relations with old colonizer the United States against an increasingly powerful China despite a maritime sovereignty dispute. Over the past three years Filipinos' sentiment toward China has climbed 17 percentage points, according to a Pew Research Center report released Thursday. Duterte did his part by setting aside the maritime issue, leading Beijing to pledge $24 billion in October for aid and investment in the developing, largely poor Philippines.

Tags: Investment, Philippines-China Relations, Philippines-US Relations, Duterte Foreign Policy

Title:

 Filipinos favour US over China, but gap narrowing

Author:

Raul Dancel

Source:

Straits Times

Date:

September 22, 2017 

Description:

Filipinos still favour the United States over China, but the gap is narrowing, with President Rodrigo Duterte rallying public support for his alliance-shaking pivot towards Beijing, a US-based think-tank has reported. A negative view of President Donald Trump is also eroding "positive feeling" in the Philippines towards the US

Tags: Xi Jinping, Philippines-China Relations, Duterte Foreign Policy, Donald Trump, Trump-Duterte Relations

Title:

 Chinese, Philippine FMs discuss bilateral ties

Author:

Xinhua

Source:

Xinhua

Date:

 September 21, 2017

Description:

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi on Wednesday met with his Philippine counterpart, Alan Peter Cayetano, and discussed their countries' relations. Under the guidance of the two heads of state, China-Philippine relations have maintained momentum for development, which is in the interests of the two peoples and has won the applause of the international community, including member countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), said Wang.

Tags: Philippines-China Relations, Wang Yi, Alan Peter Cayetano

Title:

 ASEAN meeting on transnational crimes opens in Manila

Author:

Xinhua

Source:

China.org.cn

Date:

September 18, 2017 

Description:

Southeast Asian ministers converged in Manila on Monday to discuss steps on how to strengthen regional strategies and cooperation to combat transnational crimes. A statement from the Philippine government said the four-day ASEAN Ministerial Meeting on Transnational Crimes (AMMTC) will be chaired by Catalino Cuy, officer-in-charge of the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG).

Tags: China-ASEAN Expo, ASEAN-China Relations, ASEAN Summit 2017, ASEANAMMTC, Transnational Crimes