On the sidelines of the Boao Forum for Asia, a closed-door roundtable on the South China Sea was held on March 28-29, 2015. Organized by the National Institute for South China Sea Studies and the Secretariat of the Boao Forum for Asia, the theme of the roundtable was Dual Track and Win-Win Cooperation". Dr. Baviera presented a paper titled "China-ASEAN Maritime Cooperation in the South China Sea: Building Trust through Shared Rules and Norms”.

A copy of her Powerpoint presentation follows.

"Are we losing the Chinese Market? Philippine Tourism at a time of Diplomatic Doldrums"

Ascott Hotel, Makati

The Asia Pacific Pathways to Progress Foundation, Inc. (APPFI), in partnership with Asia Pacific Projects Inc. (APPI), a tourism consulting company, organized a roundtable titled “Are we Losing the Chinese Market? Philippine Tourism at a Time of Diplomatic Doldrums” on March 10, 2015 at the Ascott Hotel, Glorietta 4, Makati City.

A highly select group of individuals from the academic, government, business and civil society sectors came together to discuss the state of Chinese tourism in the Philippines, especially in light of recent political tensions between the two countries.  The objectives of the roundtable were 1) to assess the current situation of Chinese tourism in the Philippines; 2) examine the major problems and challenges facing the industry and its stakeholders; and to 3) reflect on the role of tourism in the future development of Philippines-China relations. 

Asian Institute of Management, Makati City

The Asia Pacific Pathways to Progress Foundation, Inc. (APPFI) in partnership with the Asian Institute of Management (AIM) ASEAN 2015 Project, organized the first of a series of High-Level Consultation Workshops on the theme “Economic and Development Outlook for the Asian Century:  The China Factor & Implications for the Philippines and ASEAN”. This was held on March 6, 2015 at the AIM.

The participants were a highly select group of Filipino thought leaders, including Dr. Jesus Estanislao (former Secretary of Finance and now with the Institute of Corporate Directors), Dr. Dante Canlas (former NEDA Secretary and professor at the UP School of Economics), Dr. Joseph Anthony Lim (Department of Economics, Ateneo de Manila University), Dr. Tereso Tullao (School of Economics, De La Salle University), Mr. Eduardo Pedrosa (Pacific Economic Cooperation Council- PECC), former Philippine Permanent Representative to ASEAN Dr. Wilfrido Villacorta, and Dr. Antoinette Raquiza, VP of APPFI. Dr. Federico Macaranas, Project Co-Director of the AIM ASEAN 2015 Project, facilitated the discussions.

January 13-14, 2015

APPFI had the honor of hosting four delegates from the Chinese Institutes of Contemporary International Relations (CICIR) to a dinner at the Romulo Café (Tomas Morato) on January 13 and bringing them to an informal roundtable co-organized with KAISA and the Philippine Association for Chinese Studies (PACS) at the KAISA Heritage Center (Intramuros) on January 14. The visit was the first from a prestigious Chinese think tank to the Philippines this year. CICIR came upon the invitation of the Asian Center, University of the Philippines. There were both friendly as well as lively exchanges as both sides engaged the other with questions with the ultimate aim of building understanding.