Information Archive on Philippine Foreign Policy

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:

 The Belt and Road Initiative and China's Southeast Asia Diplomacy

Author:

Xue Li and Li Yongke

Source:

The Diplomat

Date:

November 28, 2017

Description:

With the launch of the “Belt and Road Initiative,” neighborhood diplomacy has become a priority for China. China has many neighboring countries, but from the perspective of the “Belt and Road Initiative,” Southeast Asia has a place of prominence. It is the preferred region for the construction of the “21st Century Maritime Silk Road,” as both proposed routes of the “21st Century Maritime Silk Road” will go through this area. At the same time, the China-Indochina Corridor for International Economic Cooperation is one of the six major corridors to be constructed under the “Silk Road Economic Belt.”

Tags: Commentary, ASEAN-China Relations

Title:

 31st ASEAN Summit displayed the ‘psychological kidnapping’ of the Philippines by the Dragon

Author:

SD Pradhan

Source:

Times of India

Date:

November 28, 2017

Description:

The Chairman’s statement at the 31st ASEAN Summit in the Philippines indicated that there were sufficient positive developments practically in all field. The performance of the all ASEAN sectorial bodies was found to be commendable. The ASEAN’s efforts in promoting complementarities between the ASEAN Community Vision 2025 and the United Nations (UN) 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development were assessed as satisfactory.

Tags: Commentary, ASEAN Summit 2017, ASEAN Summit 2017 Chairman's Statement

Title:

 China’s bumpy ‘peaceful rise’

Author:

Narciso Reyes Jr.

Source:

Inquirer.net

Date:

November 28, 2017

Description:

On the surface, China’s paramount leader, President Xi Jinping, seems to be on an unstoppable roll—like a modern-day emperor with a fresh mandate from heaven. In marked contrast, US President Donald Trump, the leader of the free world and undisputed superpower on the planet, looks chastised and weakened by very low poll ratings, a simmering revolt in his own party, and, worst of all, a bloodhound of a prosecutor closing in on his Russian connections.

Tags: Commentary, Xi Jinping, US-China Relations, Big Powers

Title:

 ASEAN-Japan Coast Guard Cooperation in the Spotlight With Philippines Exercise

Author:

Prashanth Parameswaran

Source:

The Diplomat

Date:

November 25, 2017

Description:

Earlier this month, Japan held an expanded version of a maritime exercise with the Philippines that also included other Southeast Asian states and the United States. Though Tokyo’s role in capacity-building in the maritime security realm in Southeast Asia is far from new, the development was nonetheless significant as part of a broader trend of Japan’s deepening focus on this area bilaterally and multilaterally amid a range of challenges.

Tags: joint drills, Japan-Philippines Relations, Philippine Coast Guard, joint exercise

Title:

 US, JAPAN, INDIA, AUSTRALIA ... IS QUAD THE FIRST STEP TO AN ASIAN NATO?

Author:

CARY HUANG

Source:

South China Morning Post

Date:

November 25, 2017

Description:

IT is no longer the “Asia-Pacific”, but the “Indo-Pacific”, at least, according to the United States and some of its allies. Such a change may not seem much on first glance, but these four letters are far more than a matter of semantics: they have the potential to create a seismic shift in the geopolitical landscape of the region.

Tags: Commentary, ASEAN Defence Ministers Meeting 2017, Quadrilateral Security Dialogue

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