Philippines-China Relations, 2001–2008: Dovetailing National Interests
by Charles Joseph De Guzman / Download the full paper here

This study shows that the Joint Marine Seismic Undertaking (JMSU) between China and the Philippines is an attempt of both countries to advance their respective national interests. Arguing that the foreign policies of China and the Philippines dovetailed during the administration of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, the study situates the JMSU as (1) part of China’s overall foreign policy in Southeast Asia and (2) as an attempt to maintain good relations with the Philippines and help resolve tensions related to the South ChinaSea disputes between the Philippines and China. The paper also shows that (3) the JMSU, along with Chinese ODA, dovetailed with the Philippine government’s plan to promote economic development and facilitate energy security. Citing significant documents compiled by government agencies, newspaper and online articles, government officials’ speeches, and academic journals, the study shows how the Chinese official development assistance (ODA) coincided and ran parallel to the signing of the Joint Maritime Seismic Undertaking. In conclusion, the study suggests a direct, causal link, not just conjunction, among Chinese ODA, the advancement of Beijing’s security interests, and the signing of the JMSU.

How Philippine entrepreneurs can profit from the trillion-dollar ‘Belt & Road’

 (The Philippine Star) |

San Miguel beer and Oishi snacks in Belarus? BDO and Metrobank in Bangladesh or Ukraine? PLDT and Emperador in Algeria or Sudan? PAL and Cebu Pacific flying to Sri Lanka’s $13 billion Colombo Port City (now being built by China) or to Eastern Europe? Continue reading “How Philippine entrepreneurs can profit from the trillion-dollar ‘Belt & Road’”

China’s Xi says Belt and Road needs to reject protectionism

By Brenda Goh and Sue-Lin Wong | May 15, 2017/ Reuters

Chinese President Xi Jinping on Monday urged major multilateral institutions to join his new Belt and Road Initiative, stressing the importance of rejecting protectionism in seeking global economic growth. Continue reading “China’s Xi says Belt and Road needs to reject protectionism”

Behind China’s $1 Trillion Plan to Shake Up the Economic Order

MAY 13, 2017 /NYTIMES

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China to launch national encyclopedia to compete against Wikipedia

Originally Posted at  People’s Daily Online /May 08, 2017

Over 20,000 authors from universities and research institutions across China have joined a project to write an authoritative online Chinese encyclopedia in an effort to promote China’s historical heritage and soft power.

The digital encyclopedia, which is the third edition of the Chinese Encyclopedia, will feature more than 300,000 entries, each with an average length of 1,000 words. It will be twice as large as the Encyclopedia Britannica. The online encyclopedia will cover more than 100 disciplines and be put into use in 2018. Continue reading “China to launch national encyclopedia to compete against Wikipedia”

China’s Appetite Pushes Fisheries to the Brink


JOAL, Senegal — Once upon a time, the seas teemed with mackerel, squid and sardines, and life was good. But now, on opposite sides of the globe, sun-creased fishermen lament as they reel in their nearly empty nets. Continue reading “China’s Appetite Pushes Fisheries to the Brink”

China alarmed by Philippine military execs’ visit to Pag-asa Island

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BEIJING (Philippines News Agency) – China has lodged representations with the Philippine side following a visit by the Filipino defense and military officials in Pag-asa Island, according to the spokesman of the Chinese foreign ministry. Continue reading “China alarmed by Philippine military execs’ visit to Pag-asa Island”