US, China and ASEAN: The Evolving Realities in the West Philippine Sea
Last October 4, 2013, the Asian Institute of Management (AIM) Policy Center, together with Management Association of the Philippines (MAP), Former Senior Government Officials (FSGO), Makati Business Club(MBC), Employers’ Confederation of the Philippines (ECOP), Asia Society Philippines, Harvard Kennedy School Alumni Group (Philippines), American Chamber of Commerce (Philippines), Chevron Philippines and Friedrich Ebert Stiftung, hosted a forum entitled “US, China and ASEAN: The Evolving Realities in the West Philippine Sea” at the Soriano-Velasco Room, Asian Institute of Management.
The said forum featured policy discussions with Mr. Walter B. Slocombe, Former US Defense Undersecretary for Intelligence, Admiral Dennis C. Blair, Former United States Director of National Intelligence and Commander in Chief of the US Pacific Command, and Senior Associate Justice Antonio T. Carpio of the Supreme Court. Among the issues covered are the increasingly important role played by China in international affairs and the recent pivot of the United States to Asia-Pacific. The speakers also highlighted the importance of strengthening ties among the countries in the region (including the United States), and the need for policymakers to craft decisions based on understood principles. These issues are expected to have implications on the ASEAN region, composed of countries whose economic interdependence has significantly grown in the recent years, is expected to further deepen with the establishment of the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) in 2015.
The closed-door forum was followed by a press conference held at the GDLC Room, G/F Asian Institute of Management. The press conference was well-attended by the foreign correspondents and local media raising questions on current events including the implication of President Obama’s cancelled visit to the Philippines, and the reforms needed by the country’s national security forces, among others.
The event is part of a series of forums which aims to synthesize and facilitate sharing of information and evidence by experts and scholars on the relevant issues, and establish a platform through which policymakers can engage scholars, experts and other stakeholders in an evidence-based discussion. A public forum entitled “The Philippines, China and ASEAN: Prospects for Cooperation and Regional Public Goods in the South China Sea”, was held last December 7, 2012 which touched on the issue of the South China Sea dispute and possible areas for cooperation and conflict prevention.
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The Rule of Law in the West Philippine Sea Dispute
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