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.

The Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences (SASS) invited Dr. Baviera to a roundtable to discuss prospects for Philippines-China relations under the new Duterte administration. Dr Liu Ming, director of the Institute for International Relations and Prof. Li Kaisheng, who had spent six months in Manila in 2015 as a visiting research fellow at the Asian Center,  were the main facilitators. Prof Cai Penghong, who is a long-time Philippines and Southeast Asia scholar, also shared his deep insights into the current situation. The event was held on June 28, merely three days before  the new Philippine government was to be installed.


The Royal Institute of International Affairs, also known as Chatham House, held a workshop on Resources, Sovereignty and Geopolitics in Hong Kong from 26-27 May 2016. This was organized in cooperation with the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung. The meeting discussed case studies in management of resource conflicts and the need for regional cooperative approaches as well as in some cases an intraregional resource policy. Dr. Baviera presented the South China Sea disputes case study. The summary report of the conference is available online.