President Duterte’s Foreign Policy Challenges

President Duterte’s Foreign Policy Challenges President Duterte’s Foreign Policy Challenges On 30 June 2016, Rodrigo Duterte took office as the 16th president of Asia’s oldest republic. Duterte’s political experience covers over two decades as mayor of Davao City — the third most populous city in the Philippines — several years as assistant city prosecutor and three years as a congressman. However, none of these positions can be considered adequate preparation to deal with the challenges the country now faces in its foreign relations. His predecessor, Benigno Aquino III, pursued a proactive foreign policy, the centrepiece of which was the promotion of the Philippines’ maritime interests and sovereign rights in the South China Sea. Aquino was responding to China’s growing assertiveness in the disputed waters, particularly the stationing of coast guard vessels at Scarborough Shoal, a rocky outcrop over which there was a tense standoff between the two countries in 2012 which resulted in China’s seizure of the shoal. Filipino fishermen were subsequently denied access to the valuable fishing grounds around Scarborough Shoal. Aquino, and his Secretary of Foreign Affairs Albert del Rosario, mounted a major challenge to China by filing a case at the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) in The Hague. The http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Contemporary Southeast Asia: A Journal of International and Strategic Affairs Institute of Southeast Asian Studies

President Duterte’s Foreign Policy Challenges


President Duterte’s Foreign Policy Challenges On 30 June 2016, Rodrigo Duterte took office as the 16th president of Asia’s oldest republic. Duterte’s political experience covers over two decades as mayor of Davao City — the third most populous city in the Philippines — several years as assistant city prosecutor and three years as a congressman. However, none of these positions can be considered adequate preparation to deal with the challenges the country now faces in its foreign relations. His predecessor, Benigno Aquino III, pursued a proactive foreign policy, the centrepiece of which was the promotion of the Philippines’ maritime interests and sovereign rights in the South China Sea. Aquino was responding to China’s growing assertiveness in the disputed waters, particularly the stationing of coast guard vessels at Scarborough Shoal, a rocky outcrop over which there was a tense standoff between the two countries in 2012 which resulted in China’s seizure of the shoal. Filipino fishermen were subsequently denied access to the valuable fishing grounds around Scarborough Shoal. Aquino, and his Secretary of Foreign Affairs Albert del Rosario, mounted a major challenge to China by filing a case at the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) in The Hague. The legal submission sought affirmation of Manila’s rights in its claimed exclusive economic zone (EEZ), thereby invalidating China’s expansive but unclarified claims indicated by the so-called nine-dash line which appears on is Professor at the Asian Center, University of the Philippines. Postal address: HW 204-A, GT-Toyota Asian Cultural Center, University of the Philippines, Diliman, Quezon City 1101, Philippines; email: aileen.baviera@up.edu.ph. 01 Roundtable-3P.indd 202 official Chinese maps. The arbitration panel established by the PCA delivered its ruling on July 12, barely two weeks into the Duterte...
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President Duterte’s Foreign Policy Challenges On 30 June 2016, Rodrigo Duterte took office as the 16th president of Asia’s oldest republic. Duterte’s political experience covers over two decades as mayor of Davao City — the third most populous city in the Philippines — several years as assistant city prosecutor and three years as a congressman. However, none of these positions can be considered adequate preparation to deal with the challenges the country now faces in its foreign relations. His predecessor, Benigno Aquino III, pursued a proactive foreign policy, the centrepiece of which was the promotion of the Philippines’ maritime interests and sovereign rights in the South China Sea. Aquino was responding to China’s growing assertiveness in the disputed waters, particularly the stationing of coast guard vessels at Scarborough Shoal, a rocky outcrop over which there was a tense standoff between the two countries in 2012 which resulted in China’s seizure of the shoal. Filipino fishermen were subsequently denied access to the valuable fishing grounds around Scarborough Shoal. Aquino, and his Secretary of Foreign Affairs Albert del Rosario, mounted a major challenge to China by filing a case at the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) in The Hague. The

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