APPFI, UP Asian Center cooperate in facilitating Chinese think tank exchanges with Philippine government agencies
Last September 12-13, 2016, Asia Pacific Pathways to Progress Foundation Inc. (APPFI) partnered with the University of the Philippines Asian Center in hosting a delegation of four scholars from the China Institutes for Contemporary International Relations (CICIR). The delegation visit is a part of the Memorandum of Agreement between UP and CICIR in 2014, aiming to intensify and reap the benefits of academic and Track 2 diplomacy exchanges. Dean Joefe Santarita of the Asian Center delivered welcome remarks. This is the first exchange between the university and the Chinese think tank after the release of the arbitration results regarding the maritime claim overlaps of the two countries in the South China Sea. It will be recalled that the arbitral tribunal last July 12 issued an award that was perceived to largely favor the Philippines, and which China has said it would not accept.
© Asia Pacific Pathways to Progress Foundation Inc.: UP Professors and government representatives on a rountable discussion on Philippines China relations, led by APPFI President Aileen Baviera, CICIR Vice President Fu Mengzi and Asian Center Dean Joefe Santarita.