Philippines-China Relations: Building Opportunities in Times of Crisis

Date: Wednesday, December 04, 2013
Time: 8:30 AM to 5:30 PM
Venue: Ateneo de Manila University Leong Hall Auditorium

The Philippine Association for Chinese Studies (PACS) was established in 1988 to conduct studies and research on China, Philippines-China relations and the ethnic Chinese in the Philippines. On December 4, 2013, it is convening a symposium on the theme of “Philippines-China Relations: Building Opportunities in Times of Crisis”

The symposium is a follow through on a visit conducted by members of PACS to Beijing and Shanghai last April, during which it held academic dialogues and discussions with Chinese scholars and experts from various organizations, PACS believe that opening up channels of communication between Filipino scholars and their Chinese counterparts will help produce positive outcomes in bridging the gap of understanding about various issues that adversely affect Philippines-China relations.

The tentative program of the symposium is attached. It will be held from 8.30AM to 5.30PM at the auditorium of the Leong Hall at the Ateneo de Manila University. Our co-convenors are the Chinese Studies Program of the Ateneo de Manila University and the Asian Center of the University of the Philippines.

We would like to invite you to attend the symposium. A minimal P500 registration fee will be charged to help partially cover expenses for the whole day event. The Chinese Studies Journal Volume 10 Philippines-China Relations: Sailing Beyond Disputed Waters and other related publications will be available for sale at the venue.

For confirmation, or further information, please call or email (632) 426-6001 ext. 5280, 5208,, or please send the reply form to (632) 9265118, 929-5397. Please feel free to pass to your network.

Yours respectfully,
Symposium Convenors


REGISTRATION (8:30-9:00)
Welcome remarks and conference overview – Teresita Ang See, President of PACS
Introduction of the keynote speaker – Aileen S.P. Baviera, University of the Philippines
Keynote address – Amb. Josue Villa, former Philippine Ambassador to China
Photo Session & Coffee

Teresita Ang See, Chair
1. China and the Philippines in the promotion of cultural understanding – the role of education and the media – Jie Xian, Head, Filipino Service, China Radio International
2. Culture gaps and the role of Chinese and Filipino media – Chito Sta. Romana, PACS
3. New Chinese migration in the Philippines and Southeast Asia: implications for international relations – Dai Fan, Jinan University
4. Tourism: Building Social and Cultural Bridges – Narzalina Lim, President, Asia Pacific Projects Inc.

Lunch (12-1:00)


Ellen Palanca, Chair
1. Mining and energy sector partnerships: Challenges and opportunities – Jay Batongbacal, College of Law, University of the Philippines
2. Implications of CAFTA, ASEAN Economic Community, RCEP and TPP for Philippines-China bilateral economic relations – Lu Jianren, Institute of Asia Pacific Studies, China Academy of Social Sciences
3. Understanding the Philippines-China Economic Nexus–Tina Clemente, University of the Philippines
4. China’s role in the international response to typhoon Haiyan - Chinese Embassy (TBC)
Coffee (3:00-3:20)


Rommel Banlaoi, Chair
1. Chinese foreign policy and the management of maritime disputes – Wu Shicun, National Institute for South China Sea Studies
2. Managing the domestic interests-foreign policy nexus in China and the Philippines– Aileen Baviera, University of the Philippines
3. Defense diplomacy in times of crisis – Charithie Joaquin, National Defense College of the Philippines
4. New directions in US-China-ASEAN relations – Ju Hailong, Jinan University


Wednesday, December 4, 2013