Information Archive on Philippine Foreign Policy

Title:

  America Must Take a Stand in the South China Sea

Author:

Patrick Cronin

Source:

The National Interest

Date:

September 4, 2015

Description:

Navigating the stormy waters of the South China Sea will require a realistic U.S. foreign policy anchored by comprehensive power, deep engagement, and enduring principles. The South China Sea is center stage for Asia’s intensifying maritime competition [4].  China is incrementally but inexorably moving to assert its claim over the vast majority of that semi-enclosed body of water, which covers more than twice the area of Alaska.

Tags: Commentary, South China Sea, U.S.’ China Policy, Island Construction, U.S. Allies

Title:

  Why It Matters That the US May Sanction Chinese Entities Over Cyber Espionage

Author:

Ankit Panda

Source:

The Diplomat

Date:

September 01, 2015

Description:

The Washington Post reported on Sunday that the Obama administration was working to impose sanctions against Chinese individuals and entities involved in cyber attacks and espionage against the United States. The report comes just a couple weeks ahead of Chinese President Xi Jinping’s inaugural state visit to the United States

Tags: Commentary, Island Construction, China-US Relations, Freedom of navigation, cyber-espionage, freedom of overflight

Title:

  China may fear reputation damage more than military threats over South China Sea

Author:

Ashley Townshend

Source:

The Guardian

Date:

August 29, 2015

Description:

China’s rapid construction of a string of artificial islands in the South China Sea has entered a more troubling phase. According to a major Pentagon report released last week, Beijing is shifting its focus from land reclamation to building deepwater ports, military-grade airstrips and other strategic infrastructure on top of its islands.

Tags: South China Sea, Allies, Reputational Costs, One Belt One Road, Economic Pressure, Militarization, Commenary

Title:

  Ambassador Zhao Jianhua Meets the Philippine Media

Author:

AUTHOR

Source:

Embassy of the P.R. China

Date:

July 21, 2015

Description:

On June 5th 2015, H.E. Zhao Jianhua, Ambassador of the People's Republic of China to the Republic of the Philippines invited Philippine media to his residence, briefed them on China-Philippines relations, and answered questions on South China Sea, freedom of navigation and regional security issues. 

Tags: AIIB, South China Sea, Arbitration, Interview, Zhao Jianhua

Title:

  Xue Li: How China Views the South China Sea Arbitration Case

Author:

Xue Li

Source:

The Diplomat

Date:

July 14, 2015

Description:

The Hague finished hearing the Philippines’ oral arguments this week, but as China refuses to participate in the arbitration, the December position paper remains the clearest outline of China’s stance on the case. What are the highlights and features of the document? What was the effect of publicly releasing this document? And what will China’s next step be?

Tags: Commentary, UNCLOS, Arbitration, Dual Track Approach, China’s Position Paper, Contingency

Title:

  Collateral benefit and damage

Author:

Malcolm Cook

Source:

APPS Policy Forum

Date:

July 2015

Description:

The ruling in the case between China and the Philippines over competing claims in the South China Sea will strain relations between Manila and Beijing, but it’ll also impact Vietnam, Taiwan, Indonesia and Malaysia, as well as threatening ASEAN unity.

Tags: Commentary, ASEAN, South China Sea, UNCLOS, Arbitration, Taiwan

Title:

 Chinese-Filipino Community's Dilemma: The Philippines, China, and the South China Sea Disputes

Author:

Richard Javad Heydrian

Source:

Huffington Post

Date:

June 26, 2015

Description:

At its very core, the Philippines is an idea, representing a pluralistic land with hospitable people, who have always welcomed persecuted people from around the world. It is an all-embracing society that has been open to peoples from around the world.

Tags: South China Sea, Philippines-China Relations, Chinese-Filipino Community

Title:

  An Analysis of the Evolving ASEAN-China Trade Linkages

Authors:

Ronald U. Mendoza, Kevin C. Chua , Monica M. Melchor

Source:

RSN-PCC WORKING PAPER 15-002

Date:

May 2015

Description:

Whether China is a strategic trade partner or competitor to the ASEAN economies has remained unclear five years since the implementation of the ASEAN-China Free Trade Area in January 2010. The ASEAN economies and China are in an interesting position as both are experiencing growing bilateral trade while simultaneously competing in the production and export of major goods to similar trade destinations.

Tags: China, ASEAN, Economic Integration, Comparative Advantage, International Production Chain, Research Report

Title:

  China’s Maritime Silk Road: The Politics of Routes

Author:

Irene Chan

Source:

RSIS

Date:

March 12, 2015

Description:

China has not effectively communicated its grand connectivity ideas to South and Southeast Asian countries. Beijing urgently needs to improve its communications with external parties and seek feedback so as to counter media speculations and to have a better understanding of regional needs

Tags: Commentary, Maritime Silk Road, South China Sea, ASEAN Connectivity, Chinese Soft Power

Title:

  As China Slows Down, the Philippines Moves to Grab Foreign Investment

Author:

Ralph Jennings

Source:

SOURCE

Date:

February 28, 2015

Description:

Seiko Epson said in December it would invest the equivalent of $111 million in a new factory to produce projectors and inkjet printers, slated to open in early 2017. Today's Asian production in those areas is "insufficient to meet expected demand," the company said in a statement.

Tags: Asian Development Bank, China, Investment, Trade, United States, Commentary