The University of the Philippines’ Asian Center (AC) along with nine leading academic institutes in Southeast Asia and China, have entered into a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to establish officially the Network of ASEAN-China Academic Institutes (NACAI) on 28 May 2017 at Fudan University, Shanghai, China.
Aside from AC, the other members of the network include the Institute of Asian Studies, Universiti Brunei Darussalam; Institute of Humanity and Social Sciences, Royal Academy of Cambodia; Center for China’s Relations with Neighboring Countries, Fudan University; ASEAN Studies Center, University of Indonesia; Asia Research Center, National University of Laos; Institute of China Studies, University of Malaya; Department of International Relations, University of Yangon; ASEAN Studies Center, Chulalongkorn University; and Institute for Southeast Asian Studies, Vietnam Academy of Social Sciences.
UP Diliman Chancellor Michael Lim Tan signed the MOU on behalf of the Asian Center and UP Diliman. Chancellor Tan also served as the chairperson of the Conference’s first session.
The founding members have agreed to establish a platform of cooperation and collaboration that will promote studies on ASEAN-China relations and will provide intellectual support for the comprehensive development of the said relations, and enhance collaborative innovation among the participants.
Two AC faculty members also witnessed the MOU signing and delivered paper presentations in the NACAI sponsored session “ASEAN-China Relations in Transition: Differences Management and Win-win Cooperation” under the Shanghai Forum 2017. Dr. Joefe B. Santarita, AC Dean, presented a paper titled “ The Philippines’ ASEAN Chairmanship and its Implications to the ASEAN-China Relations’ and Dr. Henelito A. Sevilla, Jr., Assistant Professor and Assistant to the Dean for Administration and Public Affairs, delivered his lecture titled ‘The Direction of President Duterte’s Foreign Policy Agenda vis-à-vis China and the Future of ASEAN’.