Center of Excellence for Public Policy and Good Governance

Center of Excellence for Public Policy and Good Governance The German-Southeast Asian Center of Excellence for Public Policy and Good Governance (CPG) is an academic institute and think tank devoted to independent analysis and well-informed policy recommendations.
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The German-Southeast Asian Center of Excellence for Public Policy and Good Governance (CPG) is a common institute of Thammasat University Bangkok and Goethe-University Frankfurt am Main, Westfälische Wilhelms-University Münster, and Passau University in Germany. It is funded by the German Federal Foreign Office and supported by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). The CPG is located at Thammasat University, Bangkok. Its research and work focus lies on public law and its role in facilitating good governance. Based on the cooperation between the Faculties of Law at the four participating universities our approach is interdisciplinary. Pursuing a comparative perspective of transfer of ideas and knowledge between Europe and Southeast Asia, we particularly pay attention to Southeast Asian countries.

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𝗛𝗲𝗿𝗲 𝗶𝘀 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗔𝘀𝗶𝗮 𝗶𝗻 𝗥𝗲𝘃𝗶𝗲𝘄 𝗘𝗱𝗶𝘁𝗼𝗿𝘀’ 𝗣𝗶𝗰𝗸 𝗳𝗼𝗿 𝗦𝗼𝘂𝘁𝗵𝗲𝗮𝘀𝘁 𝗔𝘀𝗶𝗮 𝗶𝗻 𝘁𝗵𝗶𝘀 𝘄𝗲𝗲𝗸:𝗝𝗮𝗽𝗮𝗻 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗰𝗼𝘂𝗽 𝗶𝗻 𝗠𝘆𝗮𝗻𝗺𝗮𝗿 (nd) The Myanmar ...
21/04/2021

𝗛𝗲𝗿𝗲 𝗶𝘀 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗔𝘀𝗶𝗮 𝗶𝗻 𝗥𝗲𝘃𝗶𝗲𝘄 𝗘𝗱𝗶𝘁𝗼𝗿𝘀’ 𝗣𝗶𝗰𝗸 𝗳𝗼𝗿 𝗦𝗼𝘂𝘁𝗵𝗲𝗮𝘀𝘁 𝗔𝘀𝗶𝗮 𝗶𝗻 𝘁𝗵𝗶𝘀 𝘄𝗲𝗲𝗸:

𝗝𝗮𝗽𝗮𝗻 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗰𝗼𝘂𝗽 𝗶𝗻 𝗠𝘆𝗮𝗻𝗺𝗮𝗿

(nd) The Myanmar military has detained a Japanese journalist in Yangon on Sunday. The Japanese government is seeking his immediate release. According to the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners activist group, 737 people have been killed by security forces since the coup and 3,229 remain in detention. [Reuters]

Japan did experience criticism by Western governments and media outlets for its slow response to the coup, although the government was quick and frequent to denounce it. Moreover, since Japan is gravely concerned with Myanmar possibly drifting more into China’s orbit, they are aware of the geostrategic significance of Myanmar in the region. Japan was a central actor within the military’s political reforms and opening up of Myanmar in 2011, which was prompted by fears of a growing influence of China. Japan facilitated diplomatic contacts with the West and — upon the condition of further democratization — provided a loan to Myanmar to clear its debts with the World Bank and the Asian Development Bank, in order for them to start development aid. Additionally, Japan has invested much in the partnership with ASEAN, both for economic reasons and due to similar security issues, such as the South China Sea. [East Asia Forum]

𝗟𝗶𝗻𝗸𝘀:

Reuters: https://www.reuters.com/business/media-telecom/japanese-journalist-detained-myanmar-2021-04-19/

East Asia Forum: https://www.eastasiaforum.org/2021/04/17/japans-response-to-the-coup-in-myanmar/

𝗛𝗲𝗿𝗲 𝗶𝘀 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗔𝘀𝗶𝗮 𝗶𝗻 𝗥𝗲𝘃𝗶𝗲𝘄 𝗘𝗱𝗶𝘁𝗼𝗿𝘀’ 𝗣𝗶𝗰𝗸 𝗳𝗼𝗿 𝗦𝗼𝘂𝘁𝗵𝗲𝗮𝘀𝘁 𝗔𝘀𝗶𝗮 𝗶𝗻 𝘁𝗵𝗶𝘀 𝘄𝗲𝗲𝗸:

𝗝𝗮𝗽𝗮𝗻 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗰𝗼𝘂𝗽 𝗶𝗻 𝗠𝘆𝗮𝗻𝗺𝗮𝗿

(nd) The Myanmar military has detained a Japanese journalist in Yangon on Sunday. The Japanese government is seeking his immediate release. According to the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners activist group, 737 people have been killed by security forces since the coup and 3,229 remain in detention. [Reuters]

Japan did experience criticism by Western governments and media outlets for its slow response to the coup, although the government was quick and frequent to denounce it. Moreover, since Japan is gravely concerned with Myanmar possibly drifting more into China’s orbit, they are aware of the geostrategic significance of Myanmar in the region. Japan was a central actor within the military’s political reforms and opening up of Myanmar in 2011, which was prompted by fears of a growing influence of China. Japan facilitated diplomatic contacts with the West and — upon the condition of further democratization — provided a loan to Myanmar to clear its debts with the World Bank and the Asian Development Bank, in order for them to start development aid. Additionally, Japan has invested much in the partnership with ASEAN, both for economic reasons and due to similar security issues, such as the South China Sea. [East Asia Forum]

𝗟𝗶𝗻𝗸𝘀:

Reuters: https://www.reuters.com/business/media-telecom/japanese-journalist-detained-myanmar-2021-04-19/

East Asia Forum: https://www.eastasiaforum.org/2021/04/17/japans-response-to-the-coup-in-myanmar/

𝗛𝗲𝗿𝗲 𝗶𝘀 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗔𝘀𝗶𝗮 𝗶𝗻 𝗥𝗲𝘃𝗶𝗲𝘄 𝗘𝗱𝗶𝘁𝗼𝗿𝘀’ 𝗣𝗶𝗰𝗸 𝗳𝗼𝗿 𝗦𝗼𝘂𝘁𝗵 𝗔𝘀𝗶𝗮 𝗶𝗻 𝘁𝗵𝗶𝘀 𝘄𝗲𝗲𝗸:𝗣𝗮𝗸𝗶𝘀𝘁𝗮𝗻: 𝗥𝗮𝗱𝗶𝗰𝗮𝗹 𝗜𝘀𝗹𝗮𝗺𝗶𝘀𝘁 𝗽𝗮𝗿𝘁𝘆 𝗿𝗲𝗹𝗲𝗮𝘀𝗲𝘀 𝟭𝟭 𝗽𝗼𝗹𝗶𝗰𝗲...
21/04/2021

𝗛𝗲𝗿𝗲 𝗶𝘀 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗔𝘀𝗶𝗮 𝗶𝗻 𝗥𝗲𝘃𝗶𝗲𝘄 𝗘𝗱𝗶𝘁𝗼𝗿𝘀’ 𝗣𝗶𝗰𝗸 𝗳𝗼𝗿 𝗦𝗼𝘂𝘁𝗵 𝗔𝘀𝗶𝗮 𝗶𝗻 𝘁𝗵𝗶𝘀 𝘄𝗲𝗲𝗸:

𝗣𝗮𝗸𝗶𝘀𝘁𝗮𝗻: 𝗥𝗮𝗱𝗶𝗰𝗮𝗹 𝗜𝘀𝗹𝗮𝗺𝗶𝘀𝘁 𝗽𝗮𝗿𝘁𝘆 𝗿𝗲𝗹𝗲𝗮𝘀𝗲𝘀 𝟭𝟭 𝗽𝗼𝗹𝗶𝗰𝗲 𝗵𝗼𝘀𝘁𝗮𝗴𝗲𝘀 𝗮𝗳𝘁𝗲𝗿 𝘃𝗶𝗼𝗹𝗲𝗻𝘁 𝗮𝗻𝘁𝗶-𝗙𝗿𝗮𝗻𝗰𝗲 𝗽𝗿𝗼𝘁𝗲𝘀𝘁𝘀

(lm) Supporters of an outlawed far-right Islamist party on April 19 freed eleven police officers, almost a day after taking them hostage in the eastern city of Lahore amid violent clashes with security forces. Hours before the group’s release, police and paramilitary troops swung batons, fired tear gas and used guns to crack down on demonstrators, killing three Islamists and injuring dozens more. [ABC News] [The Straits Times]

Tensions have been high in Pakistan since authorities arrested the leader of the hardline Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP), Saad Rizvi, earlier this month, prompting supporters to hold protests and sit-ins across the country [see AiR No. 15, April/2021, 2]. At least four people have since been killed, hundreds injured and thousands arrested.

Rizvi was arrested a day after he called on the government to honor what he said was a commitment it made in February to his party to expel the French envoy before April 20 over the publication of cartoons depicting the Prophet Muhammad by a French satirical newspaper. Indeed, when French President Emmanuel Macron backed the magazine, Prime Minister Imran Khan took up a crusade, accusing the French leader of insulting Islam and using an address to the United Nations as an opportunity to lambast the West.

But while the prime minister may have hoped the fight would result in an easy win – placating the ultraconservative quarters at home while being hailed as a defender of Islam abroad – Khan’s grievance only appears to have encouraged Pakistani extremists. Scrambling to keep order, a week after having banned the TLP party under the country’s anti-terrorism laws, the government on April 20 also blocked travel documents and bank accounts of over two hundred key leaders of the organization. [Geo News] South China Morning Post

𝗟𝗶𝗻𝗸𝘀:

ABC News: https://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/radical-islamist-party-frees-11-pakistani-police-hostages-77159250

The Straits Times: https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/south-asia/radical-pakistan-party-releases-11-police-hostages-after-anti-france-protests

AiR No. 15, April/2021, 2: http://createsend.com/t/d-371699001F0311C72540EF23F30FEDED

Geo News: https://www.geo.tv/latest/345529-govt-initiates-process-to-freeze-tlps-accounts

South China Morning Post: https://www.scmp.com/news/asia/south-asia/article/3130283/pakistan-pm-imran-khan-battles-fallout-france-blasphemy-row

𝗛𝗲𝗿𝗲 𝗶𝘀 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗔𝘀𝗶𝗮 𝗶𝗻 𝗥𝗲𝘃𝗶𝗲𝘄 𝗘𝗱𝗶𝘁𝗼𝗿𝘀’ 𝗣𝗶𝗰𝗸 𝗳𝗼𝗿 𝗦𝗼𝘂𝘁𝗵 𝗔𝘀𝗶𝗮 𝗶𝗻 𝘁𝗵𝗶𝘀 𝘄𝗲𝗲𝗸:

𝗣𝗮𝗸𝗶𝘀𝘁𝗮𝗻: 𝗥𝗮𝗱𝗶𝗰𝗮𝗹 𝗜𝘀𝗹𝗮𝗺𝗶𝘀𝘁 𝗽𝗮𝗿𝘁𝘆 𝗿𝗲𝗹𝗲𝗮𝘀𝗲𝘀 𝟭𝟭 𝗽𝗼𝗹𝗶𝗰𝗲 𝗵𝗼𝘀𝘁𝗮𝗴𝗲𝘀 𝗮𝗳𝘁𝗲𝗿 𝘃𝗶𝗼𝗹𝗲𝗻𝘁 𝗮𝗻𝘁𝗶-𝗙𝗿𝗮𝗻𝗰𝗲 𝗽𝗿𝗼𝘁𝗲𝘀𝘁𝘀

(lm) Supporters of an outlawed far-right Islamist party on April 19 freed eleven police officers, almost a day after taking them hostage in the eastern city of Lahore amid violent clashes with security forces. Hours before the group’s release, police and paramilitary troops swung batons, fired tear gas and used guns to crack down on demonstrators, killing three Islamists and injuring dozens more. [ABC News] [The Straits Times]

Tensions have been high in Pakistan since authorities arrested the leader of the hardline Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP), Saad Rizvi, earlier this month, prompting supporters to hold protests and sit-ins across the country [see AiR No. 15, April/2021, 2]. At least four people have since been killed, hundreds injured and thousands arrested.

Rizvi was arrested a day after he called on the government to honor what he said was a commitment it made in February to his party to expel the French envoy before April 20 over the publication of cartoons depicting the Prophet Muhammad by a French satirical newspaper. Indeed, when French President Emmanuel Macron backed the magazine, Prime Minister Imran Khan took up a crusade, accusing the French leader of insulting Islam and using an address to the United Nations as an opportunity to lambast the West.

But while the prime minister may have hoped the fight would result in an easy win – placating the ultraconservative quarters at home while being hailed as a defender of Islam abroad – Khan’s grievance only appears to have encouraged Pakistani extremists. Scrambling to keep order, a week after having banned the TLP party under the country’s anti-terrorism laws, the government on April 20 also blocked travel documents and bank accounts of over two hundred key leaders of the organization. [Geo News] South China Morning Post

𝗟𝗶𝗻𝗸𝘀:

ABC News: https://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/radical-islamist-party-frees-11-pakistani-police-hostages-77159250

The Straits Times: https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/south-asia/radical-pakistan-party-releases-11-police-hostages-after-anti-france-protests

AiR No. 15, April/2021, 2: http://createsend.com/t/d-371699001F0311C72540EF23F30FEDED

Geo News: https://www.geo.tv/latest/345529-govt-initiates-process-to-freeze-tlps-accounts

South China Morning Post: https://www.scmp.com/news/asia/south-asia/article/3130283/pakistan-pm-imran-khan-battles-fallout-france-blasphemy-row

𝗛𝗲𝗿𝗲 𝗶𝘀 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗔𝘀𝗶𝗮 𝗶𝗻 𝗥𝗲𝘃𝗶𝗲𝘄 𝗘𝗱𝗶𝘁𝗼𝗿𝘀’ 𝗣𝗶𝗰𝗸 𝗳𝗼𝗿 𝗘𝗮𝘀𝘁 𝗔𝘀𝗶𝗮 𝗶𝗻 𝘁𝗵𝗶𝘀 𝘄𝗲𝗲𝗸:𝗦𝗼𝘂𝘁𝗵 𝗞𝗼𝗿𝗲𝗮: 𝗝𝗮𝗽𝗮𝗻’𝘀 𝗱𝗲𝗰𝗶𝘀𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝘁𝗼 𝗿𝗲𝗹𝗲𝗮𝘀𝗲 𝗙𝘂𝗸𝘂𝘀𝗵𝗶𝗺𝗮 𝘄...
21/04/2021

𝗛𝗲𝗿𝗲 𝗶𝘀 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗔𝘀𝗶𝗮 𝗶𝗻 𝗥𝗲𝘃𝗶𝗲𝘄 𝗘𝗱𝗶𝘁𝗼𝗿𝘀’ 𝗣𝗶𝗰𝗸 𝗳𝗼𝗿 𝗘𝗮𝘀𝘁 𝗔𝘀𝗶𝗮 𝗶𝗻 𝘁𝗵𝗶𝘀 𝘄𝗲𝗲𝗸:

𝗦𝗼𝘂𝘁𝗵 𝗞𝗼𝗿𝗲𝗮: 𝗝𝗮𝗽𝗮𝗻’𝘀 𝗱𝗲𝗰𝗶𝘀𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝘁𝗼 𝗿𝗲𝗹𝗲𝗮𝘀𝗲 𝗙𝘂𝗸𝘂𝘀𝗵𝗶𝗺𝗮 𝘄𝗮𝘀𝘁𝗲𝘄𝗮𝘁𝗲𝗿 𝘁𝗿𝗶𝗴𝗴𝗲𝗿𝘀 𝗽𝗿𝗼𝘁𝗲𝘀𝘁𝘀

(nm) Adding to already strained relations between South Korea and Japan, the Japanese government last week decided to release wastewater stored in tanks at the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant into the Pacific Ocean. The decision sparked a wave of protests in South Korea, both by civic groups and politicians.

In an immediate response, Seoul has called the decision “utterly intolerable” and summoned the Japanese Ambassador Koichi Aiboshi, while President Moon Jae-in ordered his aides to review the possibility of legal actions against the decision, including taking the case to the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea. [The New York Times] [Korea Herald 1]

This week, South Korean Foreign Minister Chung Eui-yong, voiced more conciliatory tones, saying that South Korea had little reason to object to Tokyo’s plans if the release follows related International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) standards. He also urged Japan to meet three conditions: providing sufficient scientific evidence and sharing information; having more consultations in advance; and guaranteeing South Korea’s participation in IAEA’s safety verification process. [Korea Times 1]

South Korea’s oceans minister nominee, added that the government is preparing “detailed countermeasures,” to protect the public from potential harm caused by the wastewater release, but made clear that the “top priority is to have the Japanese government retract the decision.” [Yonhap]

Meanwhile, several civic groups have also condemned Japan’s plans, with some of them protesting in front of the Japanese embassy. A group of progressive university students staged a four-day sit-in, while merchants warned of the effects on the Korean fisheries industry. [Korea Times 2] [Korea Herald 2]

𝗟𝗶𝗻𝗸𝘀:

The New York Times: https://www.nytimes.com/2021/04/13/world/asia/japan-fukushima-nuclear-wastewater.html?searchResultPosition=8

Korea Herald 1: http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20210414001086&np=4&mp=1

Korea Times 1: https://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/nation/2021/04/120_307438.html

Yonhap: https://en.yna.co.kr/view/AEN20210419006200320?section=news

Korea Times 2: https://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/nation/2021/04/371_307311.html

Korea Herald 2: http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20210419000877&np=1&mp=1

𝗛𝗲𝗿𝗲 𝗶𝘀 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗔𝘀𝗶𝗮 𝗶𝗻 𝗥𝗲𝘃𝗶𝗲𝘄 𝗘𝗱𝗶𝘁𝗼𝗿𝘀’ 𝗣𝗶𝗰𝗸 𝗳𝗼𝗿 𝗘𝗮𝘀𝘁 𝗔𝘀𝗶𝗮 𝗶𝗻 𝘁𝗵𝗶𝘀 𝘄𝗲𝗲𝗸:

𝗦𝗼𝘂𝘁𝗵 𝗞𝗼𝗿𝗲𝗮: 𝗝𝗮𝗽𝗮𝗻’𝘀 𝗱𝗲𝗰𝗶𝘀𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝘁𝗼 𝗿𝗲𝗹𝗲𝗮𝘀𝗲 𝗙𝘂𝗸𝘂𝘀𝗵𝗶𝗺𝗮 𝘄𝗮𝘀𝘁𝗲𝘄𝗮𝘁𝗲𝗿 𝘁𝗿𝗶𝗴𝗴𝗲𝗿𝘀 𝗽𝗿𝗼𝘁𝗲𝘀𝘁𝘀

(nm) Adding to already strained relations between South Korea and Japan, the Japanese government last week decided to release wastewater stored in tanks at the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant into the Pacific Ocean. The decision sparked a wave of protests in South Korea, both by civic groups and politicians.

In an immediate response, Seoul has called the decision “utterly intolerable” and summoned the Japanese Ambassador Koichi Aiboshi, while President Moon Jae-in ordered his aides to review the possibility of legal actions against the decision, including taking the case to the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea. [The New York Times] [Korea Herald 1]

This week, South Korean Foreign Minister Chung Eui-yong, voiced more conciliatory tones, saying that South Korea had little reason to object to Tokyo’s plans if the release follows related International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) standards. He also urged Japan to meet three conditions: providing sufficient scientific evidence and sharing information; having more consultations in advance; and guaranteeing South Korea’s participation in IAEA’s safety verification process. [Korea Times 1]

South Korea’s oceans minister nominee, added that the government is preparing “detailed countermeasures,” to protect the public from potential harm caused by the wastewater release, but made clear that the “top priority is to have the Japanese government retract the decision.” [Yonhap]

Meanwhile, several civic groups have also condemned Japan’s plans, with some of them protesting in front of the Japanese embassy. A group of progressive university students staged a four-day sit-in, while merchants warned of the effects on the Korean fisheries industry. [Korea Times 2] [Korea Herald 2]

𝗟𝗶𝗻𝗸𝘀:

The New York Times: https://www.nytimes.com/2021/04/13/world/asia/japan-fukushima-nuclear-wastewater.html?searchResultPosition=8

Korea Herald 1: http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20210414001086&np=4&mp=1

Korea Times 1: https://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/nation/2021/04/120_307438.html

Yonhap: https://en.yna.co.kr/view/AEN20210419006200320?section=news

Korea Times 2: https://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/nation/2021/04/371_307311.html

Korea Herald 2: http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20210419000877&np=1&mp=1

𝗛𝗲𝗿𝗲 𝗶𝘀 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗔𝘀𝗶𝗮 𝗶𝗻 𝗥𝗲𝘃𝗶𝗲𝘄 𝗘𝗱𝗶𝘁𝗼𝗿𝘀’ 𝗣𝗶𝗰𝗸 𝗳𝗼𝗿 𝗦𝗼𝘂𝘁𝗵𝗲𝗮𝘀𝘁 𝗔𝘀𝗶𝗮 𝗶𝗻 𝘁𝗵𝗶𝘀 𝘄𝗲𝗲𝗸:𝗣𝗵𝗶𝗹𝗶𝗽𝗽𝗶𝗻𝗲𝘀: 𝗧𝗲𝗻𝘀𝗶𝗼𝗻𝘀 𝗿𝗲𝗺𝗮𝗶𝗻 𝗵𝗶𝗴𝗵 𝗶𝗻 𝗦𝗼𝘂𝘁𝗵 𝗖𝗵𝗶𝗻...
14/04/2021

𝗛𝗲𝗿𝗲 𝗶𝘀 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗔𝘀𝗶𝗮 𝗶𝗻 𝗥𝗲𝘃𝗶𝗲𝘄 𝗘𝗱𝗶𝘁𝗼𝗿𝘀’ 𝗣𝗶𝗰𝗸 𝗳𝗼𝗿 𝗦𝗼𝘂𝘁𝗵𝗲𝗮𝘀𝘁 𝗔𝘀𝗶𝗮 𝗶𝗻 𝘁𝗵𝗶𝘀 𝘄𝗲𝗲𝗸:

𝗣𝗵𝗶𝗹𝗶𝗽𝗽𝗶𝗻𝗲𝘀: 𝗧𝗲𝗻𝘀𝗶𝗼𝗻𝘀 𝗿𝗲𝗺𝗮𝗶𝗻 𝗵𝗶𝗴𝗵 𝗶𝗻 𝗦𝗼𝘂𝘁𝗵 𝗖𝗵𝗶𝗻𝗮 𝗦𝗲𝗮

(lp) The Philippines filed two more diplomatic protests against China’s incursion into Philippine territory, but these have been largely neglected by China. Thus, the Philippines is seeking support from allies to make China retreat. [CNN]

The US assured that it will defend the Philippines in case of any attack on a state-owned vessel, as stated in their 1951 Mutual Defense Treaty (MDT). Moreover, the US Theodore Roosevelt Carrier Strike Group showcased this commitment to prevent China’s expansionism in the South China Sea. The Philippines welcomed these developments and even proposed to hold joint naval thrills with the US, while emphasizing it attempts to resolve the tensions with China through diplomatic channels. [Benar News] [Manila Bulletin 1] Motivated by this latest incursion, the Philippines is to discuss the conditions of the MDT with the US. In particular, the Philippines hopes to expand the trigger of the MDT to include attacks on public citizen vessels. Moreover, the Philippines demanded that the US provides real-time access to their intelligence data on the South China Sea. [CNN] [Manila Bulletin]

To resume an annual training which was cancelled last year due to the pandemic, the two will start a two-week joint military exercise from April 12. [Channel News Asia]

Japan is also wary of China’s expansionism, as it spotted a Chinese aircraft and five es**rt vessels passing throughJapan’s key waterways off Nagasaki and Okinawa. Japan also confirmed its allyship with the Philippines, but vowed to avoid war and promote peace in the South China Sea. Thus, Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga is planning visits to the Philippines and India during April, and talks with US President Joe Biden. [Manila Bulletin 2]

Most recently, two Chinese missile-attack crafts allegedly harassed a Philippine vessel carrying journalists investigating the impacts of China’s incursion on Filipino fishermen. The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the Department of National Defense (DND) have announced investigations. Meanwhile, the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) announced that the “Task Force Pagsasanay” will improve training of its personnel on navigation along various waters, and maintenance and logistical operations. [The Diplomat] [Manila Bulletin 3]


𝗟𝗶𝗻𝗸𝘀:

CNN: https://cnnphilippines.com/news/2021/4/7/philippines-diplomatic-protest-chinese-vessels-.html

Benar News: https://www.benarnews.org/english/news/philippine/defense-treaty-04082021145121.html

Manila Bulletin 1: https://mb.com.ph/2021/04/07/dnd-calls-for-restraint-amid-presence-of-us-carrier-strike-group-in-wps/

CNN: https://cnnphilippines.com/news/2021/4/10/Philippines-US-Mutual-Defense-Treaty-Chinese-vessels.html

Manila Bulletin: https://mb.com.ph/2021/04/11/ph-needs-real-time-access-to-us-intelligence-data-in-wps-says-locsin/

Channel News Asia: https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/philippines-us-begin-joint-military-drill-south-china-sea-14601198

Manila Bulletin 2: https://mb.com.ph/2021/04/07/japan-pm-suga-mulls-visits-to-ph-india-amid-china-sea-tension/

The Diplomat: https://thediplomat.com/2021/04/chinese-navy-harasses-boat-carrying-filipino-journalists-report/

Manila Bulletin 3: https://mb.com.ph/2021/04/09/defend-thy-waters-coast-guard-activates-training-task-force-as-west-ph-sea-row-escalates/

𝗛𝗲𝗿𝗲 𝗶𝘀 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗔𝘀𝗶𝗮 𝗶𝗻 𝗥𝗲𝘃𝗶𝗲𝘄 𝗘𝗱𝗶𝘁𝗼𝗿𝘀’ 𝗣𝗶𝗰𝗸 𝗳𝗼𝗿 𝗦𝗼𝘂𝘁𝗵𝗲𝗮𝘀𝘁 𝗔𝘀𝗶𝗮 𝗶𝗻 𝘁𝗵𝗶𝘀 𝘄𝗲𝗲𝗸:

𝗣𝗵𝗶𝗹𝗶𝗽𝗽𝗶𝗻𝗲𝘀: 𝗧𝗲𝗻𝘀𝗶𝗼𝗻𝘀 𝗿𝗲𝗺𝗮𝗶𝗻 𝗵𝗶𝗴𝗵 𝗶𝗻 𝗦𝗼𝘂𝘁𝗵 𝗖𝗵𝗶𝗻𝗮 𝗦𝗲𝗮

(lp) The Philippines filed two more diplomatic protests against China’s incursion into Philippine territory, but these have been largely neglected by China. Thus, the Philippines is seeking support from allies to make China retreat. [CNN]

The US assured that it will defend the Philippines in case of any attack on a state-owned vessel, as stated in their 1951 Mutual Defense Treaty (MDT). Moreover, the US Theodore Roosevelt Carrier Strike Group showcased this commitment to prevent China’s expansionism in the South China Sea. The Philippines welcomed these developments and even proposed to hold joint naval thrills with the US, while emphasizing it attempts to resolve the tensions with China through diplomatic channels. [Benar News] [Manila Bulletin 1] Motivated by this latest incursion, the Philippines is to discuss the conditions of the MDT with the US. In particular, the Philippines hopes to expand the trigger of the MDT to include attacks on public citizen vessels. Moreover, the Philippines demanded that the US provides real-time access to their intelligence data on the South China Sea. [CNN] [Manila Bulletin]

To resume an annual training which was cancelled last year due to the pandemic, the two will start a two-week joint military exercise from April 12. [Channel News Asia]

Japan is also wary of China’s expansionism, as it spotted a Chinese aircraft and five es**rt vessels passing throughJapan’s key waterways off Nagasaki and Okinawa. Japan also confirmed its allyship with the Philippines, but vowed to avoid war and promote peace in the South China Sea. Thus, Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga is planning visits to the Philippines and India during April, and talks with US President Joe Biden. [Manila Bulletin 2]

Most recently, two Chinese missile-attack crafts allegedly harassed a Philippine vessel carrying journalists investigating the impacts of China’s incursion on Filipino fishermen. The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the Department of National Defense (DND) have announced investigations. Meanwhile, the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) announced that the “Task Force Pagsasanay” will improve training of its personnel on navigation along various waters, and maintenance and logistical operations. [The Diplomat] [Manila Bulletin 3]


𝗟𝗶𝗻𝗸𝘀:

CNN: https://cnnphilippines.com/news/2021/4/7/philippines-diplomatic-protest-chinese-vessels-.html

Benar News: https://www.benarnews.org/english/news/philippine/defense-treaty-04082021145121.html

Manila Bulletin 1: https://mb.com.ph/2021/04/07/dnd-calls-for-restraint-amid-presence-of-us-carrier-strike-group-in-wps/

CNN: https://cnnphilippines.com/news/2021/4/10/Philippines-US-Mutual-Defense-Treaty-Chinese-vessels.html

Manila Bulletin: https://mb.com.ph/2021/04/11/ph-needs-real-time-access-to-us-intelligence-data-in-wps-says-locsin/

Channel News Asia: https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/philippines-us-begin-joint-military-drill-south-china-sea-14601198

Manila Bulletin 2: https://mb.com.ph/2021/04/07/japan-pm-suga-mulls-visits-to-ph-india-amid-china-sea-tension/

The Diplomat: https://thediplomat.com/2021/04/chinese-navy-harasses-boat-carrying-filipino-journalists-report/

Manila Bulletin 3: https://mb.com.ph/2021/04/09/defend-thy-waters-coast-guard-activates-training-task-force-as-west-ph-sea-row-escalates/

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