MAKATI, Philippines – Policy thinkers from various sectors met for a high-level Consultation Workshop on China’s impact on the Philippines and ASEAN, organized by the Asia Pacific Pathways to Progress Foundation, Inc. (APPFI) and Asian Institute of Management's ASEAN 2015 Project last July 10, 2015 at the Soriano Room in AIM Makati.

The Consultation Workshop, with the theme “Economic and development outlook for the Asian Century:  The China Factor and Implications for the Philippines and ASEAN” was attended by a few selected policy thinkers from government, academic institutions, and NGOs where they talked about the growing Chinese influence in the global and regional economy  that will shape Philippine growth and development in the next decade.

The participants of the Consultation Workshop also looked at the current state of preparedness of the government and other stakeholders in responding to emerging trends caused by China, as well as the areas for policy reform and approach that would be crucial in dealing with the so-called rising power.

This was the third of a series of Consultation Workshops conducted by the APPFI and key partners on the Philippine prospects with regards to its relationship with China.

Chatham House Rules were observed where participants were free to use information from the discussion, but were not allowed to attribute any statements made to any individual participant. Dr. Federico Macaranas, Co-Director of the AIM ASEAN 2015 Project, served as the moderator for the event.