ASEAN Perspectives

Philippines–Vietnam partnership can help manage South China Sea dispute

  By Mico A Galang, NDCP (Courtesy East Asia Forum) — On 12 July 2016, the Permanent Court of Arbitration rendered its decision on the Philippines v. China case over disputes in the South China Sea. Capturing worldwide attention, the ruling was made largely in Manila’s favour. Yet overshadowed by this event was another milestone in Manila’s foreign relations: the 40th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the Philippines and Vietnam.   In […]

South China Sea dispute and the way forward

QUEZON City, Philippines (Eagle News) — The situation in the South China Sea has become more precarious and some say, more unpredictable, even after the historic ruling of the permanent court of arbitration on the maritime dispute in the region. China’s nine-dash line has been invalidated, but China has remained firm it would not recognize the ruling.  It has even adopted a belligerent stand, but the administration of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte is hopeful that […]

ASEAN and China at a crossroads after South China Sea ruling

  Author: Sourabh Gupta, ICAS (Courtesy East Asia Forum) — Almost 30 years to the day that a young, Harvard-trained American lawyer won a famous judgment at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) against the United States, Paul S Reichler pulled off another momentous victory at The Hague. This time the judgment was against China for having breached its international treaty obligations in the South China Sea. Washington refused to honour the 1986 award, citing […]

Thailand votes on divisive junta constitution

  by Jerome Taylor Ju Apilaporn BANGKOK, Thailand (AFP) — Thailand began voting on a junta-crafted constitution Sunday in a referendum where open debate has been banned, as opponents warned the document will perpetuate military power and deepen divisions. The poll offers Thais their first chance to vote since generals toppled the elected government of Yingluck Shinawatra in 2014. The kingdom is split after a decade of political turmoil that has dented growth, seen democracy […]

Sustainable resource management promotion urged to promote 17 SGDs

Caesar Vallejos EBC Correspondent With the theme “Empowering Sustainable Convergence”, the ASEAN Corporate Sustainability Summit and Awards (ACSSA) held at the Manila Marriott Grand Ballroom Hotel last July 21, 2016 urged industry leaders, sustainability practitioners, civil society partners, regional regulators, public sector leaders and aid agencies to converge and become more involved in sustainable development. One of the event’s speakers, David Young, Chief Operations Officer of impact investing technology company ADEC Innovations, focused on the […]

PHL-Vietnam celebrates 40th Anniversary of bilateral relations

MANILA, Philippines (Eagle News) — Philippines and Vietnam celebrated its 40th year of bilateral relations last July 12. Diplomatic relations between the two sides started to blossom in July 1976, a year after the reunification of north and South Vietnam, upon the signing of a joint communique by then Philippine Foreign Minister Carlos P. Romulo and Vietnamese vice Prime Minister for Foreign Affairs Phan Hien.

State councilor: South China Sea arbitration will not shake China’s resolve to pursue path of peaceful development

Eagle News — Chinese state councilor Yang Jiechi said that the South China Sea arbitration will not “in the slightest way” shake china’s resolve to pursue the path of peaceful development. He said, china adheres to negotiation and consultation as a means for addressing relevant territorial and maritime delimitation issues, and resolutely safeguards peace and stability in the region. The South China Sea, important to the Chinese people since ancient times, is our heritage to […]

Grey zone: who will care for Thailand’s elderly?

by Sally Mairs BANGKOK, Thailand (AFP) — As he wheels his 77-year-old aunt away from Bangkok’s first day centre for the elderly, Nakhon reflects on the familial duties that oblige him to juggle night-shift work and care for his ageing relative. It is an increasingly common predicament in rapidly greying Thailand, where a demographic shift is straining social mores and threatening upheaval for the economy.   “She raised me when I was little so now I […]

PHL Agriculture policy directions on Agriculture in the context of the ASEAN Community

PHL Agriculture policy directions on Agriculture in the context of the ASEAN Community (Eagle News) — The Philippine agriculture sector is the country’s largest single employer, even as the government looks to the development of other modern industries. It directly employs more than one-quarter of all workers in non-services industries.   More than 11 million Filipinos relied on agriculture for their livelihood in 2013, according to the Philippine Statistics Authority. But ironically, despite accounting for […]

What the ASEAN youth think about the Philippine elections

A representative of the ASEAN Youth Leaders’ Association, Danille Fitzgerald Soria, talks about the ASEAN youth’s take on the May 9 presidential elections in the Philippines, and other issues facing the next Philippine president, Rodrigo Duterte. One of the hosts of ASEAN in Focus, Rachel Martin, interviews Soria in this episode of the program aired in May 2016, a few weeks after the elections.   Part 1: Part 2: Part 3:

Singapore blocking Internet access on government computers

SINGAPORE, Singapore (AFP) — Singapore confirmed Wednesday it would cut off Internet access for government work stations within a year for security reasons, a surprise move in one of the world’s most wired countries. The decision will not disrupt government operations, the Infocomm Development Authority (IDA) said after local daily The Straits Times reported that some 100,000 computers would be affected. “We have started to separate Internet access from the work stations of a selected […]

The Foreign Service Institute and the ASEAN Community

The Foreign Service Institute (FSI) is part of the Department of Foreign Affairs and was formally established under Presidential Decree 1060 on 9 December 1976. With the Promulgation of Republic Act (RA) 7157, or the Philippine Foreign Service Act of 1991, the mandate of the institute was revitalized and expanded. “The institute, through its academic, training, research, information, publication, systems development and other programs, shall serve as the center for the development and professionalization of […]