NDCP President Rear Admiral Roberto Q Estioko AFP (Ret) PhD MNSA led the delegation composed of College officials, faculty, staff, and students of MNSA Regular Course (RC) 53.
China is this year’s focus area for the annual Global Security and Development Study (GSDS).
The GSDS is one of the integral components of the 39-unit MNSA program.
Through the GSDS, the NDCP brings its scholars to a select country of destination. The GSDS aims to enhance the strategic thinking of the scholars by exposing them to the security issues affecting the Philippines in the larger context of the Asia-Pacific region. It is designed to enable the scholars to conduct first-hand observation and analysis of external dynamics and structures that may shape Philippine national security policy.
The NDCP delegation visited and engaged officials at several Chinese agencies and organizations including the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, International College for Defence Studies (ICDS) at the National Defense University (NDU), National Disaster Reduction Center of China (NDRCC) and China Academy of Launch Vehicle Technology (CALT).
The NDCP delegation also visited three Chinese industries, namely, the Aviation Industry Corporation (AVIC), China Poly Group Corporation (POLY) and North Industries Group Corporation (NORINCO).
At the Philippine Embassy, the NDCP delegation engaged with officials led by Minister and Consul Ivan Frank M Olea.
Issues discussed during the GSDS include Philippines-China relations, China’s “One-Belt-One-Road” Initiative, role of state-owned enterprises in the defense industry, China’s defense and foreign policy engagements, technology for disaster risk reduction, China’s perspective on regional and global security, and Chinese space technology.
The MNSA program is a one-year graduate program on the theory and practice of national security. RC 53 is composed of 45 officers from the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), 11 from civilian government agencies, two from the private sector and seven foreign military officers from Bangladesh, India, Malaysia, Nigeria, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.