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Pentagon: China military exercises will 'further destabilize' South China Sea

Jul 03, 2020 - 9:12 AM

Washington rejects Beijing's territorial claim to much of the South China Sea, including the Paracels

PARACEL ISLANDS. An aerial view of Qilianyu islands in the Paracel chain, which China considers part of Hainan province on August 10, 2018. File photo by AFP

U.S., China back military air rules to avoid mishaps

Oct 20, 2018 - 10:36 PM

The Association of Southeast Asian Nations agreeS to guidelines on managing air encounters at the annual meeting of the 10-member bloc's defense ministers

SECURITY. US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis shakes hands with his Chinese counterpart General Wei Fenghe during a meeting on the sidelines of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) security summit in Singapore on October 18, 2018. Photo by Thomas Watkins/AFP

Beijing denies 'militarization' of South China Sea

May 21, 2018 - 10:05 PM

'The South China Sea islands are Chinese territories,' says China foreign ministry spokesperson Lu Kang, adding this is 'part of the normal training for the Chinese military'

CHINA BOMBERS. This handout photograph taken and released on May 11, 2018 by Taiwan's Defense Ministry shows a Republic of China (Taiwan) Air Force F-16 fighter aircraft (left) flying alongside a Chinese People's Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) H-6K bomber that reportedly flew over the Bashi Channel, south of Taiwan, and over the Miyako Strait, near Japan's Okinawa Island, in a drill.  AFP/Taiwan   Defense Ministry/ Handout

Duterte falsely claims Hague ruling issued during Aquino presidency

May 04, 2018 - 8:25 PM

'Aquino filed an arbitration case, we won, he was still there. Bakit hindi niya ginawa kung 'yan ang gusto ng mga yellow?' says President Rodrigo Duterte

Outgoing President Benigno S. Aquino III with incoming President Rodrigo R. Duterte at the Main Lobby stairs of the Malacañan Palace during the Departure Honors on Thursday (June 30, 2016). (Photo by Joseph Vidal / Malacañang Photo Bureau)

PH, China agree on 'prudent' cooperation on joint sea exploration

Mar 22, 2018 - 10:16 AM

The countries will 'in a prudent and steady way advance cooperation on offshore oil and gas exploration,' says Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi

LETTER. Philippine Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano (L) shakes hands with Chinese Foreign Minister and State Counselor Wang Yi after he passed on a hand-written letter from President Rodrigo Duterte to Chinese President Xi Jinping during a meeting at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing on March 21, 2018. Photo by Parker Song/AFP

Roque: One day, we'll thank China for artificial islands

Feb 07, 2018 - 10:30 PM

'Clearly, eventually, those artificial islands will be ours if we can ask China to leave,' says Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque

ASEAN, China: We can't take 'calmer' seas 'for granted'

Nov 13, 2017 - 2:43 PM

'While the situation is calmer now, we cannot take the current progress for granted,' ASEAN and China say in a draft statement

ASEAN-CHINA TIES. Chinese Premier Li Keqiang shakes hands with Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, chair of ASEAN this year, at the 31st ASEAN Summit and Related Summits hosted by the Philippines. Malacanang photo

ASEAN, China aim to start negotiations on sea code

Nov 13, 2017 - 6:26 AM

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte is set to hold a meeting with other ASEAN leaders and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang

ASEAN SUMMIT. The Philippines is hosting the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit this year, attended by ASEAN countries and also dialogue partners such as China.

Duterte says Xi downplayed sea militarization in meeting

Nov 12, 2017 - 2:16 AM

The Chinese leader also supposedly assures President Rodrigo Duterte that Beijing respects other countries' rights to free passage in the disputed South China Sea

Duterte’s shift toward China threatens ASEAN centrality

Oct 08, 2017 - 11:00 AM

The sudden change in Philippines-China relations shows that Chinese influence remains to be one of the greatest challenges to ASEAN centrality when it comes to the South China Sea disputes

China jabs back at Trump's barb over South China Sea

Sep 20, 2017 - 7:15 PM

The spokesman also calls for 'restraint' in response to Trump's warning that he will 'totally destroy' North Korea if it threatens the US or its allies

LU KANG. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang takes a question from the media during a press conference in Beijing on July 13, 2016.  File photo by Nicolas Asfouri/AFP

U.S. planning more regular South China Sea patrols – report

Sep 02, 2017 - 3:03 PM

The Wall Street Journal says the aim is to create a more consistent posture to counter China s maritime claims

DESTROYER. The guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain (DDG 56) on June 26, 2017. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Joshua Mortensen/Released

Duterte, Chinese vice premier affirm PH-China ties

Mar 18, 2017 - 12:48 PM

The two officials affirm their countries commitment to previously signed deals but leave out any discussion on China s interest in Benham Rise

AFFIRMING FRIENDSHIP. President Rodrigo Duterte shakes hands with Vice-Premier of the State Council of China Wang Yang on March 17, 2017. Photo by Ace Morandante/Presidential Photo

ASEAN 2017 eyes framework on South China Sea code of conduct

Jan 05, 2017 - 6:46 PM

On the year the Philippines chairs ASEAN the bloc aims to finish the framework of a legally binding document governing settlement of disputes in the South China Sea

ASEAN'S CHALLENGE. President Rodrigo Duterte accepts the chairmanship of the ASEAN in 2017 during the 2016 ASEAN Summit held in Laos. Photo from PPD

Duterte to declare Scarborough Shoal a marine reserve

Nov 21, 2016 - 11:10 AM

The Philippine President has told Chinese President Xi Jinping about his plan to ban fishing in the shoal says National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon Jr

EO ON SCARBOROUGH. President Rodrigo Duterte is welcomed by army and police officials during his arrival at the Davao International Airport in Davao City on November 17, 2016 prior to his departure for Lima, Peru. Photo by Karl Alonzo/Presidential Photo

#AnimatED: ASEAN after The Hague

Sep 05, 2016 - 11:27 AM

Will the region’s heads of state take the lead in responding to the arbitral tribunal decision on the South China Sea?

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Yasay hits critics: ASEAN statement didn't weaken PH claim

Aug 02, 2016 - 6:03 PM

The Philippine foreign secretary says the ASEAN statement that omits any mention of the Hague ruling favoring the Philippines case against China remains a resounding diplomatic triumph for the Philippines

INTERNATIONAL CASE. Philippine Foreign Secretary Perfecto Yasay Jr delivers a brief statement on the award of the arbitral tribunal on the disputed West Philippine Sea on Tuesday, July 12, 2016. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

NSC to Ramos: Begin China talks with 'things we agree on'

Jul 29, 2016 - 3:08 PM

The National Security Council chaired by President Rodrigo Duterte gives the guiding principles for former president Fidel Ramos mission to Beijing

BEIJING MISSION. President Rodrigo Duterte chats with Former President Fidel V. Ramos during the Testimonial Dinner Reception organized by the San Beda Law Alumni Association at Club Filipino in San Juan City, Manila on July 14, 2016. KING RODRIGUEZ/PPD

Bilateral talks with China still on the table – Palace

Jul 20, 2016 - 1:33 PM

The Palace clarifies that the Duterte administration still wants to talk to China after a US senator tweets that the Philippine president has closed the door on the option

DUTERTE AND US. US Ambassador Philip Goldberg and President Rodrigo Duterte talk about West Philippine Sea during their meeting on July 19, 2016. Photo by King Rodriguez/PPD

Anti-US protests staged at 11 KFC branches in China – report

Jul 19, 2016 - 10:26 PM

KFC is a potent symbol of American capitalism in the world s most populous country with over 4 000 branches The protests highlight how foresign firms can be hit by bouts of nationalism in China

KFC PROTEST. Customers exit a KFC fast-food branch in Beijing, China 23 July 2014. File photo by Rolex dela Pena

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Jul 18, 2016 - 12:53 PM

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Duterte to confront China on illegal drugs trade

Jul 18, 2016 - 9:52 AM

After bigger issues are settled by both countries the Philippine president plans to air his grievances on the involvement of Chinese nationals in the illegal drug trade

TALKING TO CHINA. President Rodrigo Duterte and Chinese ambassador Zhao Jinhua meet in Malacañang Palace days before the release of the ruling on the West Philippine Sea. Photo from Presidential Photographers Division

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Jul 15, 2016 - 12:34 PM

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Duterte wants to start bilateral talks with China – Diokno

Jul 14, 2016 - 4:30 PM

President Duterte and his Cabinet discussed the unavoidable prospect of talking to Beijing after the West Philippine Sea ruling

DUTERTE AND CHINA. President Duterte is visited by Chinese Ambassador Zhao Jinhua days before a historic ruling on the West Philippie Sea dispute is released. Photo from Presidential Photographers Division

Hague ruling: Are we apologizing for our victory?

Jul 14, 2016 - 8:00 AM

Without rubbing it in we should be rejoicing that the judgment has been in our favor that we are on the right side of the law that the rights are not only claimed by us but are lawfully ours

NEW TOP DIPLOMAT. Philippine Foreign Secretary Perfecto Yasay Jr answers questions during a press conference at the Department of Foreign Affairs in Pasay City, south of Manila, Philippines, on July 1, 2016. Photo by Mark Cristino/EPA

Hague ruling: Filipinos, Chinese may fish in Scarborough

Jul 13, 2016 - 7:45 PM

The UN backed tribunal recognizes the traditional fishing rights of small scale Filipino and Chinese fishermen in the shoal effectively declaring it as a common fishing ground

BACK TO SEA. Fishermen from Zambales join an anti-China rally in front of the Chinese Consulate in Makati City on July 12, 2016. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

PH calls for ‘restraint, sobriety’ amid favorable ruling on sea row

Jul 12, 2016 - 5:37 PM

Philippine Foreign Secretary Perfecto Yasay says the Philippines strongly affirms its respect for this milestone decision to help address disputes in the South China Sea

RESTRAINT. Philippine Foreign Secretary Perfecto Yasay Jr says concerned parties should exercise 'sobriety and restraint' following the favorable ruling of the UN-backed arbitral tribunal on the Philippines' case against China, during a news conference on July 12, 2016.  File photo by Mark Cristino/EPA   / AFP PHOTO / NOEL CELIS

‘Victory’ rally in Manila ahead of South China Sea ruling

Jul 12, 2016 - 4:27 PM

Advocacy groups are anticipating a favorable ruling for Manila hours before the arbitral tribunal in The Hague hands down its ruling on the South China Sea dispute

VICTORY? Advocacy groups celebrate an anticipated favorable ruling for Manila in the South China Sea dispute. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Aquino's good news as term ends: PH improves fight vs human trafficking

Jun 30, 2016 - 4:42 PM

Former president Benigno Aquino III says the Philippines is now fully compliant with the minimum standards of the US Trafficking Victims Protection Act based on a US State Department report

HOMECOMING. Former president Benigno Aquino III shares good news to his supporters gathered in Times Street, Quezon City, on June 30, 2016. hoto by Gil Nartea/Malacanang Photo Bureau

Duterte to United States: Are you with us or not with us?

Jun 21, 2016 - 7:57 PM

The president elect wonders if the US will help the Philippines defend its claim over the West Philippine Sea once an international court decides favorably on the country s case against China

US-PH TIES. United States Ambassador to the Philippines Philip Goldberg (left) visits President-elect Rodrigo Duterte (right) in Davao City on June 13, 2016. Screen grab from RTVM

Favorable ruling on PH-China sea dispute can be enforced – Carpio

Jun 17, 2016 - 7:01 PM

Senator Juan Ponce Enrile pushes for a stronger air force citing how China never attempted to build anything in the West Philippine Sea during Marcos time because of squadron of fighter planes in Palawan

'NOT HELPLESS.' SC senior associate justice Antonio Carpio (left) says the Philippines won't be helpless in trying to enforce a possible favorable ruling in its maritime dispute with China. Photo by Katerina Francisco/Rappler

Rodrigo Duterte: Whom should he emulate?

Jun 03, 2016 - 2:54 PM

In today’s world great leadership is about acknowledging the limits of power and accordingly pursuing necessary reforms within the coordinates of possibilities Not making grandiose and unrealistic promises

PRESIDENT-ELECT. Rodrigo Duterte listens to questions at a news briefing in Davao City weeks before he assumes the presidency. Photo by Ritchie Tongco/EPA

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Beijing summons G7 envoys over South China Sea statement

Apr 13, 2016 - 8:47 PM

G7 foreign ministers issue a joint statement this week saying: We are concerned about the situation in the East and South China Seas and emphasize the fundamental importance of peaceful management and settlement of disputes

G7. Frank-Walter Steinmeier, Fumio Kishida, John Kerry, Philip Hammond, Stephane Dion, and Federica Mogherini offer wreaths at the Memorial Cenotaph for the 1945 atomic bombing victims in Hiroshima Prefecture, western Japan, April 11, 2016. Photo by Kazuhiro Nogi/EPA

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PH mulls 'submarine force' amid dispute with China

Mar 30, 2016 - 3:33 PM

UPDATED We might have to undergo various aspects of our own military capabilities that had never been part of our needs says President Benigno Aquino III explaining how Philippine policies have been affected by the row with China

CHINA DISPUTE. President Benigno S. Aquino lll keynotes the opening ceremony of Publish Asia 2016 Conference at the Manila Hotel on March 30, 2016. Photo by Benhur Arcayan/Malacañang Photo Bureau

US submarine arrives in Subic amid fresh PH-China tension

Mar 23, 2016 - 10:34 AM

Through engagements with our partners such as this port visit to Subic Bay we aid in maintaining stability says the commanding officer of the USS Ohio

US SUBMARINE AT SUBIC. The USS Ohio at Subic Freeport, a former US naval base, on March 22, 2016. Photo by Randy Datu/Rappler

DFA: No more Chinese vessels in Quirino atoll

Mar 02, 2016 - 6:44 PM

Reports say Chinese vessels have been sighted in Quirino Atoll in the disputed South China Sea blocking Filipino fishermen s access to their fishing grounds

An aerial photo taken though a glass window inside a military plane of the alleged on-going reclamation by China into Mischief Reef in the Spratly group of islands in the South China Sea, May 11, 2015. Photo by Ritchie Tongo/EPA

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PH asserts rights over claim as China deploys missile in disputed sea

Feb 17, 2016 - 7:09 PM

We are also witnessing very aggressive actions by our big neighbor the world’s second largest economy and a nuclear power at that President Aquino says at a forum in Los Angeles

WORLD AFFAIRS. President Benigno S. Aquino III delivers his speech before the Los Angeles World Affairs Council at the Grand Ballroom of the Intercontinental Hotel on February 16, 2016. Photo by Joseph Vidal/ Malacañang Photo Bureau

Aquino to raise South China Sea row at ASEAN-US summit

Feb 11, 2016 - 5:03 PM

UPDATED ASEAN leaders and US President Barack Obama are expected to discuss economic and security issues including the South China Sea dispute at the 2 day meeting in Sunnylands in Rancho Mirage California

'BOLD STEPS.' The Philippines and the United States vowed to conduct 'bold steps' to address the disputes on the South China Sea. Photo from Official Gazette

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Japan's Abe arrives in Manila for APEC summit

Nov 18, 2015 - 11:16 AM

His trip comes amid talks on a deal that would allow Japan to give military equipment to the Philippines

THIRD PH VISIT. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe joins other APEC leaders in Manila . File photo by Francis Malasig/EPA

APEC ministers endorse action plan on food security, ‘blue economy’

Nov 17, 2015 - 6:11 PM

The action plan will help ensure the security of the region’s food supply by addressing illegal unregulated and unreported fishing among others says Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario

WIDENING APEC's impact. APEC ministers discuss how to widen APEC’s reach and impact, in keeping with the APEC 2015 theme, Building Inclusive Economies, Building a Better World. Photo from APEC

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