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Domestic Interests and Foreign Policy in China and the Philippines: Implications for the South China Sea Disputes

Aileen S. P. Baviera


This professorial address argues the need for a greater understanding of how domestic politics influences the foreign policies of the Philippines and China in general and their foreign policies toward each other in particular, specifically on the issue of the South China Sea territorial and maritime resource disputes. The paper juxtaposes the differing views of these disputes from the perspectives of both China and the Philippines, which result in puzzles on both sides. The aim is to improve the management of relations between the two countries.

Keywords: south China sea disputes • nationalism • power asymmetry • perCeptions • Culture

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