OBOR Forum at ADMU

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The Association for Philippine China Understanding (APCU) will hold a forum on China’s One Belt One Road (OBOR) Initiative in cooperation with the Ateneo de Manila University on August 18, Friday from 1-3 p.m. at Escaler Hall.

Four academics from China will be the panel of resource persons to discuss the revival of the old Silk Road and the new Maritime Silk Road linking east and west for connectivity, cooperation and shared prosperity among many nations.

APCU just represented the Philippines at the recent ASEAN-China People-to-People Friendship Association Conference at Siem Reap, Cambodia from August 6-9.

china with the small “c” but costs big bucks

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Ancient China has almost perfected pottery-making Chinese craftsmen turned it an art form. Their porcelain was hugely popular when it reached the West starting during the Han Dynasty (206 BC – 220) through the “Silk Road” that they were called and known as “china.”

Among the artifacts dug up in Butuan in northern Mindanao were Chinese pottery dating back to the Song Dynasty (960 – 1279).

Co-exist peaceably

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“In January 1969, (President Ferdinand) Marcos declared in his State of the Nation Address: “We in Asia must strive toward a modus vivendi with Red China. I reiterate this need, which is becoming more urgent each day. Before long, Communist China will have increased its striking power a thousand fold with a sophisticated delivery system for its nuclear weapons. We must prepare for that day. We must prepare to co-exist peaceably with Communist China.

[From the book Philippines-China Relations in the 20th Century: History Versus Strategy by Aileen San Pablo Baviera of the UP Asian Center]

China relations dominate agenda

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At the meeting of the local International Relations Board last week, clearly China relations was top-billing!

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An important chapter in History

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Excerpts from the book of Aileen San Pablo-Baviera Philippines-China Relations in the 20th Century: History Versus Strategy:

“Chinese written records indicate that Filipinos had gone to China as early as 982, when Ma-yi (Mindoro) traders appeared on the coast of Guangzhou, and in 1 001 when the first recorded Philippine tribute mission came, apparently from Butuan. At the end of the twelfth century, Visayan pirates were raiding Fujian from bases in the Pescadores. Anthropological and archaeological findings, however, point to Chinese traders visiting the islands of the South Seas before the tenth century, presumably including islands that now belong to the Philippines. A Song Dynasty edict of 972 mentions Ma-yi as part of the luxury trade in foreign exotica. By 1206, written records showed that Mindoro, Palawan, Basilan and other nearby islands were known to China. Relations between early Philippine kingdoms and China were rich and colorful. Chinese sources report that Admiral Zheng He’s men landed in Sulu in 1409. In 1417, a Muslim delegation led by the east King of Sulu, Paduka Batara, paid a visit to China, where he was admired and befriended by the Emperor. Unfortunately, on his way back to Sulu, the king died and was buried in Dezhou, Shandong province. Members of his family remained to tend his grave in Dezhou, where to this day his descendants continue to practice Islam and have established strong ties with China’s Islamic Hui minority? When the Spaniards arrived, they already found Chinese settlers and Chinese ships bringing merchandise to Manila. Miguel Lopez de Legaspi opened direct trade with China, with Chinese merchants bringing textiles, industrial products, raw materials and food. This not only helped sustain Spanish colonial rule, it also boosted the development of trade between the Philippines and the distant Spanish colony of Mexico.”

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