Pathways fellows Julio Amador III, Dr. Charmaine Willoughby, and Dr. Aries Arugay present findings of their paper “Quad to Zero? Filipino Perceptions of the Quad, the Indo-Pacific, and the Alliance System”.

Asia Pacific Pathways to Progress Foundation Inc. fellows Dr. Charmaine Willoughby, Dr. Aries Arugay and Mr. Julio Amador III presented findings of their latest paper to policy makers,  academics, and members of the diplomatic corps last September 20, 2019 at the Zuellig Building Makati City.

The paper is based on an online survey of 228 Filipino strategic thinkers, scholars, and practitioners on their perceptions of the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue between Japan, Australia, India, and the United States, specifically about its relevance and possible role in national and regional security policy. 

Pathways and the delegation from CIIS.

On 9 September 2019, a delegation from the China Institute of International Studies (CIIS) headed by Dr. Wang Youming visited the Asia Pacific Pathways to Progress Foundation Inc. (APPFI) for an exchange of views on Philippine-China relations.

Three years since the Philippines, Indonesia, and Malaysia signed the Trilateral Cooperative Arrangement (TCA) in response to a spike in kidnap-for-ransom incidents in the Sulu and Celebes Seas, a relative calm has returned to the waters straddling the borders between the three countries. Although the agreement is seen to be contributing to maritime security in the region, there are also some questions about its sustainability and significance.

Manila-based Asia Pacific Pathways to Progress Foundation, Inc. (APPFI) and the Philippine office of Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES), organized a Regional Forum on Maritime Security Cooperation in the Sulu - Celebes Seas, with a particular focus on the role that the TCA has played in ensuring peace and stability in the area. With the support of the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in the Philippines, the forum was held in New World Manila Bay Hotel on September 2 and 3.

In a dialogue between Philippine China experts and a group of scholars from the Guangxi University, agricultural and manufacturing sectors seem to emerge as potential areas of cooperation between Philippines and Guangxi Province.

According to Mr. Jeffrey Ng, Vice President of the Federation of Filipino-Chinese Chambers of Trade and Industry (FFCCCII), Guangxi’s agriculture compliments the stagnation of the sector in the Philippines. The province imports fruits and rice from Southeast Asia.