Information Archive on Philippine Foreign Policy

Title:

 OPINION: ASEAN COC framework affirms Duterte’s policy shift in PH dealing with China

Author:

Ellen T. Tordesillas

Source:

ABS-CBN News

Date:

November 20, 2017

Description:

The Philippines' major shift in foreign policy, which is to talk with China bilaterally on the territorial dispute over Scarborough Shoal, has gotten affirmation from ASEAN with the adoption of the Framework of the Code of Conduct for the South China Sea in last’s week's ASEAN Summit.

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

Title:

 Is the Philippines a basket case?

Author:

Sara Soliven De Guzman

Source:

The Philippine Star

Date:

November 20, 2017

Description:

First of all, I would like to congratulate the Philippines ASEAN working committee for the success of the 31st ASEAN Summit. Secondly, I would like to salute our defense team (Armed Forces and the National Police) for protecting the visiting world leaders. Thirdly, I would like to acknowledge the patience of our countrymen who cooperated by staying in their areas to ease the traffic.

Tags: Commentary, Chinese Soft Power, Aids and Loans from China, Aids and Loans

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:

 31st ASEAN Chairman's statement references international law in South China Sea

Author:

Regine Cabato, CNN Philippines

Source:

CNN Philippines

Date:

November 16, 2017

Description:

The Philippines, as chair of the 31st ASEAN Summit brought back a provision into the final Chairman's Statement that implied a reference to a landmark ruling recognizing the Philippines' claims over the South China Sea.

Tags: News, Arbitration Award, ASEAN Summit 2017, South China Sea Territorial Dispute, ASEAN Summit 2017 Chairman's Statement

Title:

 What Filipinos got from the ASEAN Summit

Author:

Regine Cabato, Chad de Guzman, and Eimor Santos, CNN Philippines

Source:

CNN Philippines

Date:

November 16, 2017

Description:

The main event of the country's chairmanship of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) drew to a close on Tuesday, with Manila achieving gains on some key economic and political concerns.

Tags: News, ASEAN Summit 2017

Title:

 With Trump Focused on North Korea, Beijing Sails Ahead in South China Sea

Author:

DAN DE LUCE

Source:

Foreign Policy

Date:

November 16, 2017

Description:

In his 12-day trip to Asia, U.S. President Donald Trump largely focused on North Korea and trade, all but avoiding the simmering disputes in the South China Sea and steering clear of sharp criticism of Beijing’s increasingly aggressive activities there.

Tags: Commentary, South China Sea, Big Powers, Trump South China Sea Policy, Trump foreign policy, Trump Asia Tour 2017

Title:

 China commits $7.34-B soft loans for PHL infra

Author:

Rea Cu

Source:

BusinessMirror

Date:

November 14, 2017

Description:

THE Chinese government has committed a combined $7.34 billion (P376.09 billion) in soft loans and grants to the Philippines, in a bid to accelerate the country’s infrastructure build-up and aid in the reconstruction efforts for war-torn Marawi City, the Department of Finance (DOF) said.

Tags: News, Chinese Investments in PH, Investments, Loans, Trade and Investments, Aids and Loans from China

Title:

 US participation in Belt and Road inevitable

Author:

Wang Yiwei

Source:

Global Times

Date:

November 13, 2017

Description:

Trade was US President Donald Trump's focus during his first visit to China, and the deals - worth $253.5 billion - that were signed by the two during his stay will enable the US to better learn about the potential and prospects for economic cooperation. Against this background, it is time for the US to reconsider joining the Belt and Road initiative, which offers wider space for cooperation.

Tags: Commentary, US-China Economic Relations, US-China Relations, Belt and Road Initiative