South China Sea
- The Philippines wants to establish a code of conduct in the disputed waters of the South China Sea, or West Philippine Sea, in order to ease current tensions amidst various claims in the area.
- The Philippines has been granted $13.5 billion worth of loans in deals from China after the two countries agreed to improve its ties amid the dispute in the West Philippine Sea, aka South China Sea.
- President Rodrigo Duterte is set to visit China to seek its permission to allow local fishermen to return to the war-torn Scarborough Shoal.
- An Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA) senior economist said that an agreement that includes China and other nations called Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) could ease tensions over the South China Sea dispute.
- The National Security Council meeting held on Wednesday, headed by President Rodrigo Duterte, discussed issues that concerns the country's security. The West Philippine Sea dispute was among the concerns tackled.
- The Duterte administration has appointed six new cabinet members. Plus, former President Fidel Ramos has been asked to initiate peaceful talks with China.
- The Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) has favored the Philippines against China on the maritime dispute over claims on the West Philippine Sea, aka South China Sea. This has also been dubbed as the China Exit, or Chexit.