A hectic schedule was what APPFI President Prof Aileen Baviera prepared for when she left for New Zealand at the end of August. The main event was the first Conference on National Security organized by Massey University on August 30, where she presented her analysis of geopolitics in the South China Sea. Prior to that, host Rouben Azizian of Massey University arranged for a roundtable chaired by distinguished professor Nicholas Tarling at the Asia Institute of Auckland University, at which three international speakers including Prof Greg Barton of Deakin University, Dr Tang Lan of China Institutes for Contemporary International Relations, and   Dr Baviera of the U.P and APPFI, were invited to share thoughts on ISIS and radicalization, cybercrime, and the South China Sea respectively. From Auckland, the speakers flew to Wellington where Prof David Capie hosted a similar roundtable organized by Asia New Zealand Foundation and the New Zealand Institute of International Affairs, held at Victoria University of Wellington.

The University of the Philippines Asian Center, under its Bugkos Program headed by Dr. Antoinette Raquiza (who is also APPFI’s Vice-President), partnered with Fudan University’s Center for China’s Relations with Neighboring Countries (CCRNC), to organize a conference on the theme “Prospects and Challenges of Philippines-China Relations, Moving Forward”. The conference aimed to assess the status of relations and identify opportunities for greater cooperation between the two countries. It was held at Fudan University’s sprawling campus in Shanghai on August 26.

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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