QUEZON CITY – ‘In Search of a China Strategy’ was the theme of a recently concluded symposium organized by the Asia Pacific Pathways to Progress Foundation, Inc. (APPFI) at the GT-Toyota Auditorium, UP Diliman last August 17 and 18.

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The Asia Pacific Pathways to Progress Foundation, Inc. together with the University of the Philippines Asian Center will be holding a symposium with the theme In Search of a China Strategy: Unpacking the bilateral and regional dynamics of Philippines-China relations. The symposium will cover the different aspects of relations, set against the backdrop of both domestic priorities in Beijing and Manila as well as broader international economic and security trends. It is scheduled on the 17th (whole day) and 18th (morning only) of August at the GT-Toyota Asian Cultural Center, University of the Philippines, Diliman, Quezon City

The Center for Philippine Studies and Institute for Southeast Asian Studies of Jinan University, in partnership with the Philippine Association for Chinese Studies (PACS), Philippine Institute for Peace, Violence and Terrorism Research (PIPVTR), and the Philippines-China Friendship Club (PCFC), co-organized a bilateral symposium and dialogue titled “Beyond Conflict: The Future of Philippines-China Relations” last July 30, 2016 at EDSA Shangri-la Hotel.

Recent international interest on the Philippines has spiked in the run up to the change in government as President Benigno Aquino III stepped down to give way to the new government of Rodrigo Duterte, as well as in anticipation of the announcement of a ruling by the arbitral panel hearing Philippine complaints against China’s actions in the South China Sea.

APPFI president Aileen Baviera contributed to the discussions through a number of short commentaries solicited by various publishers.