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« on: June 03, 2018, 06:45:22 AM »
PH, China to explore more areas of cooperation during BCM: DFA
By Joyce Ann L. Rocamora  June 2, 2018, 9:42 pm

http://www.pna.gov.ph/articles/1037298

MANILA -- Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano on Friday said the Philippines and China are keen on exploring expanded areas of cooperation during the next bilateral consultative meeting (BCM) in the coming months.

While Beijing and Manila try to resolve contentious issues, including the West Philippine Sea dispute, Cayetano said both states aim to bolster cooperation.

"We're geographically distant. To be fair to the past administration, we are far from each other, that's why there are so many low-lying fruits. Had we been working together in the past, the way forward would've been enhancing an already built partnership." he said in Filipino.

Through BCM, Cayetano believes the two nations will discover new areas of partnership, citing an instance when China offered aid during the Marawi conflict.

"When the Marawi siege happened, I talked to the Chinese, 'Can you guarantee to our President that nothing will happen there while our military is in Marawi?' They said, 'Yes. How else can we help?' I said we need weapons, and they delivered weapons to us. It’s not an act of an enemy," Cayetano said, but was quick to clear that this does not mean Manila is setting aside the existing West Philippine Sea dispute.

"We're not saying that this is in exchange of the (WPS) dispute. But it’s different when it’s an enemy, it’s different when you have a dispute. Some of us have disputes with our neighbors, some of us have disputes with our business partners, some of us have disputes with our family. But it's a different dispute when all of us are angry at each other, and it’s a different (issue) when we talk to solve things. And that's what we want, to hold talks, because it's producing results," he said in a mix of English and Filipino.

Earlier, Philippine Ambassador to China Jose Santiago Sta Romana told the Philippine News Agency that the ties linking the two states are knotted on trade, tourism, investment, military, cultural and scientific.

Now, the two countries are working out on the implementing guidelines for the employment of 2,000 Filipino English teachers to China before September, he said.

There are also ongoing negotiations for a possible labor cooperation agreement to facilitate the employment of Filipino household service workers to China, setting up of industrial parks for Chinese investors to the Philippines, the possible involvement of a Chinese firm as the third Philippine telecommunications player, and cooperative projects in science & technology, he added.

Sta Romana said the BCM is expected in August or September.

A year at most

The envoy also noted that the BCM will feature a progress report on the results of a panel study on oil and gas cooperation in the South China Sea.

In a press conference at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport, Cayetano expressed optimism that this will push through.

Once both sides agree on terms of exploration and once the area involved is found out to be commercially viable, he said the actual oil and gas cooperation will follow.

"Right after the exploration, if we find it commercially viable, the process would be fast. Let's say from the time we agreed how the exploration will go, it will take three to four months, longest six months. After six months, you would already have a result, that's the longest. Possibly, early next year,” he said. (PNA)

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PH-CN bilateral consultation mechanism
« Reply #1 on: June 14, 2018, 03:34:47 PM »
Philippines-China Bilateral Consultation Mechanism Focuses on Cooperation and Collaboration while Having Frank and Candid Discussions on Issues where the Philippines and China Disagree

https://dfa.gov.ph/dfa-news/dfa-releasesupdate/15567-philippines-china-bilateral-consultation-mechanism-focuses-on-cooperation-and-collaboration-while-having-frank-and-candid-discussions-on-issues-whe

14 February 2018 MANILA – Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter S. Cayetano today praised the conclusion of the 2nd meeting of the bilateral consultation mechanism on the South China Sea between Philippine and Chinese delegations as an important step towards resolving ongoing territorial disputes in a manner consistent with the spirit of friendship.

“This meeting has become an important step towards resolving ongoing disputes on territory, sovereignty, and sovereignty rights in the West Philippine Sea/South China Sea, however, this bilateral consultation mechanism is also here to strengthen the momentum of cooperation in matters of common interest such as marine environmental protection, coordination between Coast Guards, and the protection of our fishermen, as well the possibility of joint exploration,” Secretary Cayetano said in a statement.

Delegations from the Philippines and China met on 13 February 2018 for the 2nd Meeting of the Philippines-China Bilateral Consultation Mechanism on the South China Sea (BCM).  Both sides took the opportunity to highlight the exponential improvement in bilateral relations and the many opportunities for growth in various areas of cooperation.

The delegations, led by DFA Undersecretary Enrique A. Manalo and Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Kong Xuanyou, also discussed ways to manage and prevent incidents at sea, promote dialogue and cooperation on maritime issues, and enhance mutual trust and confidence.

The Philippine side brought up our territorial claims and sovereignty rights issues, and discussed how to manage and prevent incidents on the ground.  Both sides expressed their countries’ respective positions on the ongoing territorial disputes. While there are points of disagreement, both delegations are in agreement that the best way forward is to cooperate and properly manage issues of mutual concern and preserve security and stability in the region.

Vice Foreign Minister Kong Xuanyou, head of the Chinese delegation, also called on Secretary Cayetano today before flying back to Beijing

Secretary Cayetano said that the BCM serves as a venue for the Philippines and China to manage their differences amicably, and to show the world how disputes can be handled in a peaceful manner, and how cooperation and collaboration can benefit the two countries’ peoples despite a complicated and difficult dispute.

"The Duterte Administration is unwavering in its commitment to protect our country’s territorial claims and maritime entitlements. Let me also say that we are also of the position that ongoing territorial disputes should be resolved in a manner consistent with the spirit of good neighborly relations and the 1982 UNCLOS," said the Secretary.

Pursuant to the strategy of the Duterte administration of “friends to all and enemies to none”, the Secretary said the Philippines engages all countries whether claimant or non-claimant, whether we have a dispute with them or not, and this has led to much mutual trust and confidence and translated into gains in the disputed areas as well as in other areas of cooperation and collaboration.

To mention some positive developments in the South China Sea:

There is access of our fishermen within the areas in dispute.
There are measures in place for all parties to protect the environment and marine ecosystem in the South China Sea.
There is a commitment by China and all parties not to build on uninhabited features in accordance with the Declaration of Conduct on the South China Sea.
"Let me note that our fishermen are back exercising their livelihood in Scarborough Shoal, and overall, the situation in the greater South China Sea has become more stable than in past years," according to Secretary Cayetano.

These warm and friendly relations likewise resulted in tremendous economic benefits for the country, with China lifting the ban on the import of bananas from the Philippines, together with, to date, over $24 Billion worth of assistance, investment, pledges, commercial loans from China, with focus on infrastructure development under the “Build Build Build” program and further increasing economic development in the Philippines.

Secretary Cayetano further stressed that there are ongoing talks and continuous diplomatic actions being undertaken to protect the interests of the Philippines in the South China Sea. "Just because we are not in an open shouting match with China, or arguing in public, doesn’t mean that the issues aren’t being dealt with decisively. On the contrary, we are not only exerting efforts but also getting things done," said the Philippines' top diplomat. END

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« Reply #2 on: June 14, 2018, 03:38:33 PM »
Second meeting of the PH-CN Bilateral Consultation Mechanism

https://dfa.gov.ph/dfa-news/dfa-releasesupdate/15562-second-meeting-of-the-philippines-china-bilateral-consultation-mechanism-on-the-south-china-sea

MANILA – The Philippines and China convened the Second Meeting of the Bilateral Consultation Mechanism on the South China Sea (BCM) on 13 February 2018 in Manila, Philippines. The delegations were led by DFA Undersecretary for Policy Enrique A. Manalo for the Philippines, and Vice Foreign Minister Kong Xuanyou for China.  Both sides highlighted the importance of the meeting as a consultation mechanism that would continue to contribute to the stable growth of bilateral relations.

Taking off from the discussions during the inaugural meeting of the BCM on 19 May 2017 in Guiyang, China, both sides had a frank, cordial exchange of views on issues of concern on the South China Sea. With the objective of maintaining and promoting peace and stability in the region, both sides discussed ways to manage and prevent incidents at sea,promote dialogue and cooperation on maritime issues, and enhance mutual trust and confidence. Both sides had a positive, fruitful and productive meeting.

According to the Joint Statement of the Government of the Republic of the Philippines and the Government People's Republic of China issued in November 2017,both sides reaffirmed that contentious maritime issues are not the sum total of the Philippines-China bilateral relationship. Both sides reaffirmed the importance of maintaining and promoting peace and stability, freedom of navigation in and overflight above the South China Sea, freedom of international commerce and other peaceful uses of the sea, addressing territorial and jurisdictional disputes by peaceful means, without resorting to the threat or use of force, through friendly consultations and negotiations by sovereign states directly concerned, in accordance with universally recognized principles of international law, including the Charter of the United Nations and the 1982 UNCLOS.

Both sides agreed to continue discussions on confidence-building measures to increase mutual trust and confidence and to exercise self-restraint in the conduct of activities in the South China Sea that would complicate or escalate disputes and affect peace and stability.

Both sides reiterated their commitment to the full and effective implementation of the 2002 Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the South China Sea in its entirety, and to begin negotiations on a Code of Conduct on the South China Sea early next month, as agreed at the 20th ASEAN-China Summit on 13 November 2017 in Manila.

Both sides also had productive exchange of views on ways to strengthen cooperation in areas such as marine environmental protection, fisheries, marine scientific research, and oil and gas, without prejudice to their respective positions on sovereignty, sovereign rights, and jurisdiction. There were intensive discussions on mutually beneficial joint initiatives and consensus on the convening of technical working groups in the areas of fisheries, oil and gas, marine scientific research and marine environmental protection, and political security, in the framework of the BCM. The technical working groups identified a number of possible cooperative initiatives.

The third meeting of the BCM will be held in China in the second half of 2018 at a mutually convenient date. END

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Re: PH-CN bilateral consultation mechanism
« Reply #3 on: June 30, 2018, 11:13:53 PM »
It'll be interesting to see who the conduct of Chinese Coast Guardsmen, caught in a video shared with the press, figures into the next meeting.

http://www.pna.gov.ph/articles/1037000

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Next PH-China bilateral talks on WPS expected in Q3

By Joyce Ann L. Rocamora May 30, 2018, 10:03 pm

MANILA-- Philippine Ambassador to China Jose Santiago Sta. Romana said the next meeting for the bilateral consultative mechanism (BCM) between China and the Philippines is expected on the 2nd half of the year.

"(There's) no date yet for the next BCM, but it will be sometime in the second half of the year. Likely August or September, but not yet set," he told the Philippine News Agency (PNA) on Wednesday.

Sta. Romana did not elaborate specific subjects to be tackled, but assured there will be "more discussion of issues of concern to each side."

He added the two countries are expected to talk about possible progress report on results of panel study on oil the gas cooperation in the West Philppine Sea, as well as other areas of maritime cooperation such as in environment and fisheries.

In a meeting on Monday, the envoy discussed issues related to China and the West Philippine Sea with President Rodrigo R. Duterte, together with Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana and National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon.

Manila and Beijing held its second meeting for the BCM in February.

The mechanism, established in May 2017 is a venue for the two states to tackle all issues on the West Philippine Sea dispute. (PNA)

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Re: PH-CN bilateral consultation mechanism
« Reply #4 on: July 27, 2018, 12:12:36 PM »
FULL TEXT: Duterte's 2018 SONA speech
(philstar.com) - July 23, 2018 - 9:41pm
In his own words, here are the things President Rodrigo Duterte wants to get accomplished based on his SONA speech.

 
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Our re-energized relations with China has also led to an unprecedented level of cooperation between our nations on the war against transnational crimes. Our shared intelligence led to the discovery and dismantling of the clandestine shabu laboratories and the arrest of Chinese chemists [connected] with the Dragon organization called Wu Syndicate. Our improved relationship with China, however, does not mean that we will waver in our commitment to defend our interests in the West Philippine Sea.[applause] This is why we engage China through bilateral and multilateral platforms such as the ASEAN-China and the PhilippinesChina Bilateral Consultation Mechanism.

Opening lines of communication and amicably managing differences have led to positive developments that include renewed access of Filipino fishermen in the areas in dispute in the Philippines --- West Philippine Sea. Participation in the ASEAN-China dialogue has also resulted to the draft framework for the Code of Conduct in the South China Sea which intends to resolve disputes by peaceful means.

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« Reply #5 on: February 19, 2019, 02:48:19 AM »
The Philippines is not afraid of Chinese ‘debt trap’ — Teddy Locsin Jr.
Janvic Mateo (The Philippine Star) - February 17, 2019 - 12:00am

https://www.philstar.com/headlines/2019/02/17/1894367/philippines-not-afraid-chinese-debt-trap-teddy-locsin-jr?fbclid=IwAR2TTJhFt0IR2iTaejZ0HUGhBfGqOHoO4gSTJq6WEOefVs2SPKCyLhp2jO8

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippines is not afraid of the so-called debt trap strategy of the Chinese government, according to Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr.

Speaking at the Hungarian Institute of Foreign Affairs and Trade during his official visit to Hungary on Thursday, Locsin said the Philippines has experienced worse in the past under the Western financial system.

“The West went into paroxysms of ecstasy over our people power revolution, which was a rebuke to communism as a way forward,” he said, referring to the 1986 People Power Revolt that toppled the Marcos dictatorship.

“Still the West threatened our new democracy with financial destruction if it did not pay back every dollar lent by Western banks to the dictatorship which stole every cent of it. Democratic victory was good for a pat on the back, but not good enough for debt forgiveness,” he added.

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In his lecture, Locsin also said the Philippines under the Duterte administration was able to manage its disagreements with China over territories in the South China Sea.

He said the government was able to do so “without retreating an inch from our rightful and inalienable ownership of everything within the widest extent of our sovereign reach in history and international law.”

Locsin did not discuss recent activities of China in the disputed region, including the construction of various facilities in features within the Philippines’ exclusive economic zone.

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Locsin, however, reiterated the so-called “independent foreign policy” pursued by President Duterte since assuming office in 2016.

“When I first addressed our foreign ministry on my assumption of office, I told them how a truly independent foreign policy should be pursued,” recalled the foreign affairs secretary, the third to serve under the present administration.

“It is not independent foreign policy if you simply switch the master before whom you are kneeling. You are still on your knees before another master. An independent foreign policy means getting off your knees and on your feet – and standing up for your country. That is true independence,” he noted.

And while the Philippine Constitution renounces war as an instrument of national policy, Locsin said it only refers to offensive war and never to national defense.


Read more at https://www.philstar.com/headlines/2019/02/17/1894367/philippines-not-afraid-chinese-debt-trap-teddy-locsin-jr?fbclid=IwAR2TTJhFt0IR2iTaejZ0HUGhBfGqOHoO4gSTJq6WEOefVs2SPKCyLhp2jO8#Q2BhIc48sYjthGWK.99

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Re: PH-CN bilateral consultation mechanism
« Reply #6 on: February 28, 2019, 07:57:29 AM »
Third Meeting of the Philippines-China Bilateral Consultation Mechanism

https://dfa.gov.ph/dfa-news/dfa-releasesupdate/18199-third-meeting-of-the-philippines-china-bilateral-consultation-mechanism-bcm

18 October 2018 – The Philippines and China convened the Third Meeting of the Bilateral Consultation Mechanism (BCM) on 18 October 2018 in Beijing, People’s Republic of China. The Philippine delegation was led by Foreign Affairs Undersecretary for Policy Enrique A. Manalo and the Chinese delegation was led by Vice Foreign Minister Kong Xuanyou. The Third Meeting of the BCM comprised equivalent officials from the respective foreign ministries and relevant agencies.

Both sides acknowledged the importance of the BCM as a venue for enhanced and regular dialogue that can play a significant role in the stable development of bilateral relations, through which both sides could address differences, prevent and properly manage incidents at sea and enhance maritime dialogue and cooperation.

In a candid and friendly manner, both sides exchanged views on current and other issues of concern and considered approaches to address these issues in a mutually beneficial way, with both sides reaffirming their commitment to cooperate and to continue to find ways forward to strengthen mutual trust and confidence. Both sides considered the meeting fruitful and productive.

Bearing in mind the Joint Statement of November 16, 2017, both sides reiterated that the contentious maritime issues are not the sum total of the China-Philippines relations, and agreed that the increasingly dynamic Philippines-China relations should serve the interests of the Filipino and Chinese peoples and contribute to peace, stability, and development in the region.

Believing that the proper management of disputes in the South China Sea is vital in safeguarding regional peace and stability, both sides reaffirmed their commitment to the principles of freedom of navigation in and overflight above the South China Sea, freedom of international commerce and other peaceful uses of the sea, addressing territorial and jurisdictional disputes by peaceful means, without resorting to the threat or use of force, through friendly consultations and negotiations by sovereign states directly concerned and the exercise of self-restraint, in accordance with universally recognized principles of international law, including the Charter of the United Nations and the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS).

The two sides also recognized the importance of other complementary multilateral platforms, including ASEAN-China Dialogue Relations, ASEAN Regional Forum, and East Asia Summit, in promoting peace and stability in the region. Both sides reiterated the commitment to the full and effective implementation of the 2002 DOC in its entirety and to work closely with other ASEAN Member States towards early consensus on the COC.

Both sides had a productive exchange of views on ways to enhance maritime cooperation in areas such as on recent developments in the SCS carrying political and security implications, maritime search and rescue, maritime safety, marine environmental protection/marine scientific research, and fisheries in relevant Working Group meetings under the framework of the BCM. Without prejudice to their respective positions on sovereignty, sovereign rights, and jurisdiction, both sides also discussed possible cooperation on joint exploration and development of maritime oil and gas.

The Fourth Meeting of the BCM will be held in the Philippines in the first half of 2019, with the exact date and place to be determined and mutually agreed upon through diplomatic channels. END

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« Reply #7 on: April 04, 2019, 12:50:06 AM »
Locsin says diplomatic protest vs China will not be made public
By: Christia Marie Ramos - Reporter / @CMRamosINQ INQUIRER.net / 11:13 AM April 02, 2019

MANILA, Philippines — The diplomatic protest filed against China over the reported surge of Chinese maritime militia vessels gathered around Pag-Asa Island in the South China Sea will not be made public, Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. said.

In a response to a Twitter user on Tuesday, the country’s top diplomat said there is “no way” the diplomatic protest will be made public.

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« Reply #8 on: April 26, 2019, 06:41:45 AM »
Duterte raises PH concerns over South China Sea incursions with China's Xi
Arianne Merez, ABS-CBN News
Posted at Apr 25 2019 09:04 PM | Updated as of Apr 25 2019 10:02 PM

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MANILA (UPDATE) - President Rodrigo Duterte raised Manila’s concerns over rising tensions in the West Philippine Sea during his bilateral meeting with Chinese leader Xi Jinping, Malacañang said Thursday.

Presidential spokesperson Salvador Panelo said Duterte particularly discussed the situation in Pag-asa Island.

“Both agree that the situation can be managed by the mechanism of bilateral negotiations but it should not affect the cooperation being undertaken by both the Philippines and China and they look forward to a productive discussion on matters of mutual concern and interests,” Panelo said Thursday.

Duterte’s fourth trip to the Chinese capital comes on the heels of the rising number of Chinese vessels near islands in the West Philippine Sea, the country's exclusive economic zone in the disputed South China Sea, and the continued harassment reported by Filipino fishermen.

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Ahead of Duterte’s visit to China, Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. said the Philippines had already filed a “salvo” of diplomatic notes to Beijing over the presence of Chinese vessels near Pag-asa Island, which is part of Palawan.

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