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.

APPFI Chairman Raphael Lotilla and President Aileen Baviera were both invited to a workshop co-organized by the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) Jakarta and China’s National Institute for South China Sea Studies, titled “Partnership for Regional Peace: Operationalising ASEAN-China Comprehensive Strategic Partnership in Southeast Asia.”. The workshop was held in Jakarta on 14-16 September 2015, co-chaired by Mr Jusuf Wanandi for CSIS and Dr Wu Shicun for NISCSS. 

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Pasig, Philippines: Key think tank figures, business groups, and government agency representatives gathered to discuss the status of Philippines-China trade and investments at a roundtable discussion organized by the Asia Pacific Pathways to Progress Foundation, inc. (APPFI), in cooperation with the Philippine Exporters Confederation, Inc. (PHILEXPORT), last June 11, 2015 at the Astoria Plaza.