Director-General Claro S. Cristobal of FSI (left, center table) and Vice President Fu Mengzi of China Institutes of Contemporary International Relations (CICIR) (right, center table) lead the informal discussions on Philippines-China relations.

The Foreign Service Institute, in partnership with the UP Asian Center and the Asia Pacific Pathways to Progress Foundation Inc., hosted a roundtable discussion on Philippines-China relations on 13 September 2016 at the Special Envoy Carlos Chan Room, 5th floor, Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA). Fellows from the China Institutes of Contemporary International Relations (CICIR) visited the Institute for a dynamic exchange of views on the prospects of economic cooperation between the two countries, and possible ways forward in the South China Sea/West Philippine Sea disputes.

The discussion highlighted the need to take concrete actions and reap the ‘low-hanging fruits’ or areas where cooperation is easily achievable. These include fisheries management and the preservation of the marine environment as a regional common.  The discussion also noted the importance of open and fruitful exchanges among the Track Two communities in the two countries.

The Institute, as the research and training arm of the DFA, actively engages other research institutions both here and abroad.