©Tang Lei - Photo shows the academics who attended the international conference on “Intellectual History of International China Studies: Communication and Conversations held last October 29-30, 2015 in Beijing

The “Oral History of China Studies Scholars in the Philippines” is part of an international project on China Studies, which has produced more than one hundred individual narratives from all over the world. The research team, headed by Dr. Tina S. Clemente of the Asian Center, U.P. Diliman, collaborates with the global proponent, Prof. Chih-Yu Shih of the National Taiwan University, distinguished professor of China studies, international relations and political science.

APPFI President and UP Professor Aileen Baviera delivered a lecture on Philippines-China relations before students and professors of the Philippine studies program at Peking University on October 19, 2015. How relations had developed in the last 40 years was the subject of her talk. She came upon the invitation of program director Prof Wu Jiewei. During her lecture, Dr Baviera recalled the years 1982-83 when she was a foreign student at Peking University, as one of only three Filipino exchange students sent during the first year of implementation of the cultural agreement of the two governments.

The 6th Xiangshan Forum was held in Beijing on October 17-18, 2015. With close to 500 participants this year - including defense personnel and security experts and scholars from 49 countries and 5 international organizations - the forum was a platform for Chinese security experts and the People's Liberation Army (PLA) to articulate their views on the regional and global security environment, and to demonstrate the close defense networks China has built across several continents. The participants’ roster was a veritable who's who of Chinese security analysts from think tanks and academe. Beginning as a twice-yearly event in 2006, the Forum has now become an annual gathering and has been upgraded by its organizers from Track 2 (unofficial) to Track 1.5 (semi-official) in nature. This year, APPFI president and University of the Philippine Professor Aileen Baviera, along with another UP professor Dr. Aries Arugay, were the only nongovernmental participants from the Philippines. A delegation from the Department of Defense was led by Undersecretary Pio Lorenzo F. Batino.



Photo shows Chinese scholars and researchers at the farewell dinner organized by APPFI and hosted by Mr. Carlos Chan, special envoy of the Philippines to China. In attendance were several board members of APPFI, including its chairman Raphael Lotilla and directors Henry Lim, Wifrido Villacorta, Jameson Ong, and Johnny Tioco. Also in photo are Director Claro Cristobal of the Foreign Service Institute, as well as Chito Sta. Romana and Teresita Ang See, both of the Philippine Association for Chinese Studies.

QUEZON CITY, Philippines – Asia Pacific Pathways to Progress Foundation, Inc. in support of  the University of the Philippines Office of the President and the Center for Integrative and Development Studies, helped organize a 10-day Seminar on Philippine Studies for Chinese Researchers last August 17 – 26, 2015 held at GT Toyota Asian Center, University of the Philippines Diliman.