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Mary Fides A. Quintos | May 10, 2016 | Source: CIRSS

Explaining Chinese actions in the Woody Island in the Paracels, on 17 February 2016, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi announced that the deployment of surface-to-air missile launchers as well as a radar system is a limited but necessary national defense facility for the exercise of its rights to self-defense under international law.

Laura Q. Del Rosario and Julio S. Amador III | April 29, 2016 | Source: CIRSS

After the successful hosting of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation, what is next for Philippine economic diplomacy in 2016? The presidential election in May 2016 provides an opportunity for the country to assess and recalibrate its policies to achieve the national interest. In the Department of Foreign Affairs, one policy that has been emphasized and will continue to be important is the promotion of our economic security through economic diplomacy.

The Philippine economy in 2016

Richard Javad Heydarian | January 27, 2016
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Kuan-Hsiung Wang | January 26, 2016
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Julio S. Amador III and Jeremie P. Credo | January 1, 2016 | Source: CIRSS

At the sidelines of the APEC Summit in Manila in November of 2015, Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario and Vietnam Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Pham Binh Minh signed the strategic partnership agreement on behalf of their respective governments on the sidelines of a bilateral meeting between President Benigno S. Aquino III and Vietnam President Truong Tan Sang.

This strategic partnership is expected to go beyond the security dimension and urges the Philippines and Vietnam to cooperate more closely in areas that will deepen the ties between them.

Jay L. Batongbacal | November 5, 2015 | Source: Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative

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Barry Desker | November 3, 2015 | Source: RSIS

Synopsis

Recent naval and land activities in the Spratlys have highlighted growing tensions and the risk of conflict in the South China Sea. However as China and United States seek to manage their differences the escalation of such incidents to war is seen as unlikely.

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Sam Bateman | October 20, 2015 | Source: East Asia Forum

Strong calls continue to be made in Washington for the US Navy to increase its freedom of navigation (FON) activities in the South China Sea. This is despite apparent differences of view between the Pentagon and the White House about the wisdom of such action. The US has done little in 2015 to ease concerns about whether it knows what it’s doing in the South China Sea. If anything, the rhetoric coming out of the Pentagon, and the US Navy in particular, has become stronger.

Kung Phoak | October 2, 2015 | Source: East Asia Forum
Ongoing disputes in the South China Sea between China and four ASEAN member nations — Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines and Vietnam — have dealt a major blow to the centrality and unity of ASEAN. Internal differences were on public display during the ASEAN Foreign Ministers Summit in 2012, leading to the non-issuance of the joint communiqué for the first time in ASEAN’s 45 years of existence.
Kazuhiko Togo | August 17, 2015 | Source: East Asia Forum

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s much-anticipated statement to mark the 70th anniversary of the end of the Pacific War provoked relief, surprise and some ambiguity for the future. It was a relief because there had been some reports that Abe would go through with a cabinet decision to pull away from the position of the 1995 Murayama Statement, which was a clear apology to victims of Japan’s wartime aggression. That did not happen.

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