ASEAN COC framework affirms Duterte’s policy shift in PH dealing with China

The Philippines’ major shift in foreign policy which is to talk with China bilaterally on the territorial dispute over Scarborough shoal has gotten affirmation from ASEAN with the adoption of the Framework of the Code of Conduct for the South China Sea in last’s weeks ASEAN summit. “We discussed the matters relating to the South […]

November 20, 2017  Tags: , ,   Posted in: Foreign Affairs  One Comment

Trudeau ‘owned’ the Manila East Asia Summit

There was a collective squeal of kilig when Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau strode into the cavernous main briefing room of the International Media Center of the 31st Asean Summit and related summits where about a thousand journalists, government officials and events staff gathered for the first press conference of a visiting leader attending the […]

November 14, 2017  Tags: ,   Posted in: Foreign Affairs  No Comments

No ASEAN role in Scarborough conflict between PH and China

The agreed framework for a Code on South China Sea was the most important achievement of the recently-concluded meeting of the foreign ministers of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations which segued to more meetings with its dialogue partners and the Asean Regional Forum. After the much-awaited meeting between ASEAN foreign ministers and China Sunday, […]

August 17, 2017  Tags: , , ,   Posted in: Foreign Affairs  2 Comments