Aaron Jed Rabena
Aaron Jed Rabena
Aaron Jed Rabena is a research fellow at the Asia-Pacific Pathways to Progress in Manila and a member of the Philippine Council for Foreign Relations. His areas of interest include strategic studies, East Asian geopolitics and multilateral politics, political risk and Chinese politics and foreign policy.

The Philippines’ China policy will arguably be moulded by the president’s personal approach towards Beijing, China’s behaviour in the South China Sea and how the US intends to work with regional allies in managing its geopolitical contest with China.

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The leaked draft negotiating text for a code of conduct in the South China Sea indicates that progress has been made. However, more could be done on geographic scope, duty to cooperate, the role of third parties and legal status.