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Bilateral talks with China 'will never work' – Del Rosario

Jul 18, 2018 - 2:45 PM

'They are the elephant in the room, and the only other person in that room with that elephant is you,' says ex-foreign secretary Albert del Rosario on Rappler Talk

EX-DFA CHIEF. Albert del Rosario, former Philippine foreign secretary, says the Philippines 'will obviously get nowhere' by engaging China in bilateral or one-on-one talks. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

PH to raise Chinese bombers during next talks with China

May 21, 2018 - 2:50 PM

Malacañang, however, says President Rodrigo Duterte still does not consider China a threat

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte receives a garland upon his arrival at the Golden Coast Hotel in Boao, Hainan Province, China on April 9, 2018. ACE MORANDANTE/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Duterte, Trump agree 'dignity of human life essential'

Nov 14, 2017 - 9:24 AM

The joint statement, which refers to adherence to human rights, contradicts Philippine Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque's claim that human rights was not discussed at the bilateral meeting

BILATERAL MEETING. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and US President Donald Trump discusses matters during a bilateral meeting. ROBINSON NIÑAL JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

IN PHOTOS: Budding friendship between Trump and Duterte

Nov 13, 2017 - 9:10 PM

US President Donald Trump and Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte evidently hit it off as the two shared conversations and laughs over the last few days

FRIENDS. Trump and Duterte sat next to each other at the 31st ASEAN gala dinner where Duterte sang at Trump's request. Photo by Russell Palma Pool Photo

Human rights advocates: Trump's silence on Duterte's drug war 'dismaying'

Nov 13, 2017 - 5:41 PM

'Trump is failing to understand that words have power and failure to speak out could have a lot of symbolic value in terms of how Filipinos view the United States and the Philippine relationship with the United States,' says Kine of Human Rights Watch

BUDDIES. President of the United States of America and President of the Philippines Rodrigo Duterte during the 31st ASEAN Gala Dinner. Photo by Russell Palma Pool Photo

Palace: A year after Hague ruling, PH-China dialogue going well

Jul 11, 2017 - 12:59 PM

On Wednesday July 12 it will have been one year since the Philippines scored a historic victory over China in the South China Sea maritime dispute

Chinese pupils hold the flags of the Philippines and People???s Republic of China as they welcome President Rodrigo Roa Duterte at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on October 20. Photo by Toto Lozano/PPD

China should pay and go

May 28, 2017 - 10:00 AM

As China and the Philippines engage in bilateral talks Manila should revisit the South China Sea arbitral award and not sleep on its rights

SLEEPING OVER PH RIGHTS? Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte and Chinese President Xi Jinping shake hands before their bilateral meeting at the Great Hall of the People, Beijing. MPC pool photo

First PH-China talks on sea row seek ‘bridge of understanding’

May 13, 2017 - 1:13 PM

The inaugural bilateral talks on the divisive South China Sea dispute will take place on the week of May 15 in southwestern China

BRIDGING THE GAP. Philippine Ambassador to China Chito Sta Romana looks forward to participating in the first bilateral talks between Philippines and China on the South China Sea dispute under the Duterte administration. Screenshot from Rappler FB Live

Philippines to raise China reclamation in talks

Mar 30, 2017 - 9:54 AM

We re certainly not sleeping on this Philippine Foreign Secretary Enrique Manalo says of China s island building activities in the West Philippine Sea

'CONSTRUCTION COMPLETE.' China completes constructing 'hangars for 24 combat aircraft and 4 larger hangars' on Subi Reef, the Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative says. Photo courtesy of CSIS/AMTI and DigitalGlobe

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Sep 16, 2016 - 8:47 PM

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Duterte: Hague ruling will be my ‘platform’ for PH-China talks

Sep 02, 2016 - 7:29 PM

But the President says he will wait for the proper moment: I am not ready to exchange barbs with China…We do not want any quarrel at all at this time

DEALING WITH CHINA. President Duterte speaks with Chinese Ambassador Zhao Jinhua during the National Heroes' Day Celebration on August 29, 2016. Photo from PPD

PH: China risks being 'losers at the end of the day'

Aug 30, 2016 - 1:29 PM

As you can see China is practically alone Philippine Foreign Secretary Perfecto Yasay Jr says

TOP DIPLOMAT. Philippine Foreign Secretary Perfecto Yasay Jr holds a news conference on July 27, 2016, after the recent ASEAN meeting in Laos. Photo by Noel Celis/AFP

Yasay: Not ASEAN's concern to be involved in PH-China bilateral talks

Aug 29, 2016 - 9:55 PM

ASEAN shouldn t be involved in the details of the bilateral negotiations between Philippines and China Yasay says

TOP DIPLOMAT. Philippine Foreign Secretary Perfecto Yasay Jr holds a news conference on July 27, 2016, after the recent ASEAN meeting in Laos. Photo by Noel Celis/AFP

Duterte expects bilateral talks with China to start 2016

Aug 23, 2016 - 7:35 PM

President Duterte says the date for the start of formal bilateral talks with China is nearer than you think

SETTING A MEETING. President Rodrigo Duterte listens to Cabinet secretaries during a post-Cabinet meeting in Malacañang Palace. Photo by KING RODRIGUEZ/PPD

PH to wait 'until China is prepared to talk' - Yasay

Aug 15, 2016 - 2:10 PM

Right now let s give everybody some space Let s give everybody the time to reflect Philippine Foreign Secretary Perfecto Yasay Jr says

TOP DIPLOMAT. Philippine Foreign Secretary Perfecto Yasay Jr speaks during a media interview in Manila, Philippines, on August 5, 2016. Photo by Francis Malasig/EPA

Philippines invites China to 'formal discussions'

Aug 12, 2016 - 11:52 AM

China says former Philippine president Fidel V Ramos can come to Beijing as special envoy of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte

DUTERTE’S ENVOY. Former Philippine president Fidel V. Ramos speaks during a press conference at the Philippine Consulate General in Hong Kong on August 9, 2016. Photo by Jerome Favre/EPA

Duterte to tap Alunan as envoy to China if Ramos declines

Jul 22, 2016 - 4:53 PM

Rafael Alunan III was interior secretary under Ramos administration and was among the senatorial candidates Duterte endorsed during the 2016 elections

File photo of Rafael Alunan III by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

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Jul 20, 2016 - 7:21 PM

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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

'Game of diplomats' begins in West Philippine Sea

Jul 16, 2016 - 9:51 PM

The goal here is a diplomatic solution to a very complicated problem Counselor Kristie Kenney of the US State Department tells Rappler

'GAME OF DIPLOMATS.' Philippine Foreign Secretary Perfecto Yasay Jr (right) and Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines Zhao Jianhua (left) exchange pleasantries during Zhao's courtesy call on Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on July 7, 2016. Photo from MARO-PCOO

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Jul 15, 2016 - 12:34 PM

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Jul 14, 2016 - 7:29 PM

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China rejects talks with PH if 'based on ruling'

Jul 14, 2016 - 5:40 PM

The historic ruling on the West Philippine Sea is nothing more than a piece of waste paper says Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Liu Zhenmin

REJECTING THE RULING. Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Liu Zhenmin holds up a policy paper on China's position on the ruling of an arbitral tribunal on the South China Sea during a press conference in Beijing, China, on July 13, 2016. Photo by How Hwee Young/EPA

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

Justice Carpio: Talks with China OK, if PH wins case

Jun 10, 2016 - 6:07 PM

Joint exploration with China is also possible under Philippine law says Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio

LEGAL LUMINARY. Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio (2nd from right) joins the powerhouse Philippine team in The Hague from July 7 to 13. Photo courtesy of the Permanent Court of Arbitration

Yasay to China: Join us in resolving sea row

Jun 08, 2016 - 9:06 PM

Incoming Foreign Secretary Perfecto Yasay Jr says the Philippines should resolve conflicts with other nations peacefully and through negotiations

'JOIN US.' Incoming Philippine Foreign Secretary Perfecto Yasay Jr says he wants to invite China to resolve its conflict with the Philippines 'in a peaceful manner.' File photo by Ted Aljibe/AFP

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Jun 02, 2016 - 11:53 AM

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Australia pushes 'urgent' trade talks with Indonesia

Nov 18, 2015 - 6:34 PM

We haven t had the engagement that we could and should as such close neighbors said Australian Trade Minister Andrew Robb adding that both countries have been looking past one another for commercial opportunities

TRADE TALKS. Australian trade minister Andrew Robb delivers his speech during the opening of Indonesia Australia Business Week 2015 in Jakarta, on November 18. Photo by AFP

China on talks with PH: No need to drop case

Jul 11, 2015 - 1:57 PM

Chinese Ambassador Zhao Jianhua says dropping the case is not a precondition to talks but it seems the Philippine side itself shut the door to secure that they have a strong position at the tribunal

'LET'S TALK.' Chinese Ambassador to the Philippine Zhao Jianhua (L) presents his credentials to Philippine President Benigno Aquino III at the Philippine presidential palace on April 8, 2014. File photo courtesy of the Chinese Embassy

Filipinos split over means to resolve China row

Jun 04, 2015 - 11:08 AM

Poll results show that 47 of Filipinos believe it is better for the Philippines to have filed a case against the rising superpower versus 53 who support a diplomatic resolution

'WELCOME TO CHINA.' Chinese President Xi Jinping and Madame Peng Li Yuan welcome Philippine President Benigno Aquino III at a welcome dinner during the 22nd Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Leaders' Meeting on November 10, 2014. File photo by Gil Nartea/Malacañang Photo Bureau

Philippines plans to resume talks with China

Apr 25, 2015 - 7:00 AM

We really have to go back to bilateral talks Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs spokesman Charles Jose says

FRIENDLY EXCHANGES. Philippine President Benigno Aquino III (left) chat with Chinese President Xi Jinping (right) during a tree-planting ceremony as part of the 22nd Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Leaders'’ Meeting in China in November 2014. Photo from

Turkey, Philippines sign air services agreement

Nov 17, 2014 - 8:55 PM

Aside from increasing tourism and trade between the two countries President Aquino and Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu discuss security issues and economic cooperation

STRONGER TIES. Turkey and the Philippines agree to strenghten tourism, trade and economic ties among others. Malacanang Photo Bureau

Pope's Philippine trip 'both state and pastoral visit'

Nov 15, 2014 - 4:42 PM

Pope Francis will hold bilateral talks with the Philippine President as part of the state visit reflecting the highest level of hospitality honor and formality

HEAD OF STATE. Pope Francis is welcomed by South Korean president Park keun-hye (right, front) upon his arrival as they inspect a guard of honor at Seoul Airport in Seongnam City, South Korea on August 14, 2014. Philippine President Benigno Aquino III will also welcome Francis at the Villamor Air Base on January 15, 2015. File photo by Daniel Dal Zennaro/EPA

PH, Vietnam condemn China's illegal actions

May 21, 2014 - 7:24 PM

The two countries also agree to strengthen defense and maritime cooperation to protect their maritime resource and suppress illegal activities

UNITED. President Benigno Aquino III and Vietnam PM Nguyen Tan Dung call for international community to condemn China's illegal actions. Malacañang Photo Bureau

Obama visit to give 'clearer understanding' of PH-US alliance

Apr 23, 2014 - 5:10 PM

US President Barack Obama and President Benigno Aquino III will discuss key issues on PH US cooperation including the South China Sea dispute

OBAMA. US President Barack Obama delivers remarks during an Easter Prayer Breakfast in the East Room of the White House, in Washington DC, USA, 14 April 2014. Michael Reynolds/EPA

Philippines, Singapore strengthen defense ties

Apr 03, 2014 - 7:08 PM

President Benigno Aquino III and Singapore President Tony Tan Keng Yam discuss exchanges in high level training education and intelligence

STRONGER TIES. President Benigno Aquino III discusses increased cooperation with Singapore President Tony Tan Keng Yam. Malacañang Photo Bureau

North Korea, Japan to hold first direct talks in 4 years

Aug 27, 2012 - 10:26 AM

North Korea and Japan this week hold their first direct talks in four years focused on overcoming mutual suspicion

Portraits of former North Korean leaders Kim Jong-Il (L) and his father Kim Il-Sung (R) are displayed as soldiers march during a military parade to mark 100 years since the birth of the country's founder Kim Il-Sung in Pyongyang on April 15, 2012. AFP PHOTO / Ed Jones