Wherever I am, the world comes after me.
It offers me its busyness. It does not believe that I do not want it.
Now I understand 
why the old poets of China went so far
and high 
into the mountains, then crept into the pale mist.
"The Old Poets of China" by Mary Oliver

The Asia-Pacific Pathways to Progress Foundation Inc (APPFI) produced a twenty-five minute video documentary, Philippines-China Relations: A Synoptic Review that “explore[s] different aspects of the Philippines' China ties in tourism, trade, investments, natural resources, and national security….and examine[s] how broader developments in the Asia Pacific region affect their relations.” The video is free and available for viewing in YouTube. Watch the trailer below: 


China and the Philippines—two countries that have had hundreds of years of interaction as neighbors. From the time the first Chinese traders came to our shores, many more came to the Philippines to work, raise families, and even to make their fortunes. For centuries the two countries enjoyed a state of peaceful coexistence, with their peoples living in harmony.

Philippines-China relations are longstanding and multifaceted indeed. But with China emerging as a leading global power, there is also some concern about its possible negative impact on the welfare and the security of the Philippines and of China's other smaller neighbors.

We are entering a new stage in international politics where China's influence is rapidy growing.  It therefore makes sense to take stock of the current state of the relationship.  Are the two countries economically interdependent and are our economic ties mutually beneficial? Are political relations strong enough to withstand territorial disputes and nationalist emotions? Is China's rise a threat or opportunity for the Philippines? (Opening Lines of Documentary)


The video documentary was produced under the APPFI’s China Program, which focuses on China and Philippines-China Relations. The program “stands on two pillars : (1) promoting better understanding among Philippine stakeholders of the implications of China’s emerging role in East Asia and the world, and (2) strengthening civil society linkages and Track Two diplomacy between these two neighboring countries. VISIT THE APPFI WEBSITE

The UP Asian Center offers M.A. degrees in Asian Studies with four fields of specialization: Northeast Asia, Southeast Asia, South Asia, and West Asia. The Center also has an M.A. program in Philippine Studies that allows students to major in Philippine society and culture, Philippine foreign relations, or Philippine development studies. The Center offers a Ph.D. program in Philippine Studies in conjunction with the College of Arts and Letters and the College of Social Sciences and Philosophy. Get an overview of these programs. The Asian Center also houses a peer-reviewed, open-access journal, Asian Studies: Journal of Critical Perspectives on Asia. It has published several books and monographs, and hosts or organizes various lectures and conferences