In light of recent changes in Philippines-China relations brought about by the election of President Rodrigo Duterte, his visit to China and the conclusion of the arbitration case in the South China Sea, Rappler editor-at-large Marites Vitug interviewed APPFI President Aileen SP. Baviera. The interview focused on management of the relations between Manila and Beijing, the influence of the US alliance on their ties, possible impact of the arbitration case and Duterte’s moves toward an independent Philippine Foreign Policy.
Dr. Baviera emphasized the current administration’s need to define what the Philippines wants from the relationship, and to develop a clear and concrete long-term strategy that will promote the Philippines’ national interest. While welcoming the improvement of ties and supporting the agreements signed with China during the Duterte visit, she also cautioned against becoming overly dependent on China and ‘putting all eggs in one basket’. She suggested that the Philippines should expand its relationship with other countries like India, the ASEAN to have more options and flexibility when it comes to foreign relations.
The interview was conducted on October 25, 2016 at the APPFI office. .
Video link here.