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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

Robredo: China presence in West PH Sea 'most serious external threat since WWII'

Jun 11, 2018 - 7:35 PM

Vice President Leni Robredo says asserting the country's rights over the West Philippine Sea goes beyond the welfare of Filipino fishermen: 'It is about our nation's independence, security, and sovereignty'

VP Leni Robredo speech at the "West Philippine Sea: Issues and Policy" forum. Photo by OVP

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)

Duterte, Xi give 'go signal' to craft joint exploration framework

Apr 11, 2018 - 9:15 PM

Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano is bent on fast-tracking the proposed joint exploration between the Philippines and China in the West Philippine Sea

BILATERAL MEETING. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte shakes hands with Chinese President Xi Jinping after their bilateral meeting at the Boao State Guesthouse on April 10, 2018. Malacañang photo

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

Stop calling it the 'disputed' West Philippine Sea – Carpio

Mar 05, 2018 - 5:55 PM

A Hague tribunal 'has already ruled with finality,' says Acting Chief Justice Antonio Carpio. 'There's no appeal. We are the owners of the resources there.'

NOT DISPUTED. Acting Chief Justice Antonio Carpio says Filipinos should stop saying 'disputed' West Philippine Sea. Rappler file photo

Duterte: West PH Sea exploration with China like ‘co-ownership’

Feb 28, 2018 - 5:35 PM

'It's like two of us own that. That's better than fighting,' says President Rodrigo Duterte about China's offer for joint exploration in the West Philippine Sea

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers his speech during the Petron-Petron Dealers Association (PETDA) Mindanao Mini Convention at the SMX Convention Center in Davao City on February 24, 2018. KARL NORMAN ALONZO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

PH 'aggressively' pursuing joint exploration with China

Feb 16, 2018 - 5:49 PM

Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano says the Philippines is looking to a precedent deal from 2005, actually still being challenged before the Supreme Court

SEA DISPUTE. The Philippines and China discuss their sea dispute in the second meeting of their bilateral consultation mechanism on the South China Sea, held in Manila on February 13, 2018. Photo courtesy of DFA

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 2017: A wasted opportunity for the West Philippine Sea

Nov 20, 2017 - 11:00 AM

'The Philippines' chairmanship wasn't just a missed opportunity; it significantly weakened ASEAN's standing on political-security matters,' Southeast Asia expert Gregory Poling tells Rappler

ASEAN CHAIR. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte approaches the podium to deliver his keynote address during the opening of the 31st Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit and Related Summits at the Cultural Center of the Philippines in Pasay City on November 13, 2017. Malacañang photo

ASEAN avoids hitting China in Chairman's Statement

Nov 16, 2017 - 12:30 PM

ASEAN evades reference to China's militarization of the South China Sea, as it hails the 'positive momentum' in Southeast Asia's ties with China

ASEAN CHAIR. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte chairs the 31st ASEAN Summit, where Southeast Asian leaders avoid directly criticizing China over its militarization of the disputed South China Sea. Malacañang photo

Duterte, Trump hit South China Sea 'militarization'

Nov 14, 2017 - 3:08 PM

The Philippines and the US stress 'the importance of peacefully resolving disputes in the South China Sea, in accordance with international law'

BILATERAL MEETING. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte and US President Donald Trump hold a bilateral meeting on November 13, 2017, on the sidelines of the 31st ASEAN Summit and Related Summits hosted by the Philippines. Photo by AFP

ASEAN, China announce start of Code of Conduct talks

Nov 13, 2017 - 7:57 PM

This is the biggest milestone for the past 15 years in crafting a Code of Conduct in the disputed South China Sea

ASEAN-CHINA SUMMIT. Chinese Premier Li Keqiang joins members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) at the 20th ASEAN-China Summit on November 13, 2017. Photo from ASEAN Media Pool

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

ASEAN Summit in Manila to tackle West PH Sea

Apr 19, 2017 - 6:21 PM

New DFA spokesman Robespierre Bolivar says the upcoming ASEAN Summit will also be a chance to show the best of the Philippines

NEW SPOKESMAN. Veteran diplomat Robespierre Bolivar, the new Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) spokesman, says the upcoming ASEAN Summit in Manila will tackle the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea) dispute among other issues. Photo by Paterno Esmaquel II/Rappler

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 host Philippines won't raise ruling vs China

Jan 11, 2017 - 3:05 PM

UPDATED Philippine Foreign Secretary Perfecto Yasay Jr stresses the Philippines pragmatic approach toward the West Philippine Sea dispute

HOSTING ASEAN. Philippine Foreign Secretary Perfecto Yasay Jr says on January 11, 2016, that 'there is really no useful benefit' if the Philippines raises Manila's legal victory against Beijing during the ASEAN Summit. Photo by Paterno Esmaquel II/Rappler

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 cite Hague ruling if China siphons off minerals

Dec 29, 2016 - 11:04 PM

I cannot let it pass na balewala na lang Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte says of the historic ruling over the West Philippine Sea

HAGUE RULING. President Rodrigo Duterte says in an interview on December 29, 2016, that he will bring up the arbitral ruling against China during his 6-year term. Photo by King Rodriguez/Presidential Photo

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

PH-China sea dispute may not be solved ‘in our lifetime’ – Yasay

Oct 19, 2016 - 3:44 PM

Our closer ties with China is not going to erode our close ties with the rest of our allies and traditional partners Foreign Secretary Perfecto Yasay also tells Filipino and Chinese businessmen in Beijing

MEETING CHINESE BUSINESSMEN. Philippine Foreign Secretary Perfecto Yasay Jr addresses Filipino and Chinese businessmen at a gathering in Beijing on October 19, 2016. Photo by Pia Ranada/Rappler

Chinese ships sail near disputed islands – Japan

Sep 11, 2016 - 5:17 PM

The 4 Chinese vessels sailed into waters surrounding disputed islands in the East China Sea and left 90 minutes later the Japan Coast Guard says

#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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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 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

Yasay to raise South China Sea issue in ASEAN

Jul 22, 2016 - 9:38 AM

This comes after Foreign Secretary Perfecto Yasay Jr also discussed the South China Sea dispute at the recently concluded Asia Europe Meeting

Hilbay defends aborted strategy vs China

Jul 21, 2016 - 8:28 PM

Ex Solicitor General Florin Hilbay remembers telling the Philippine team I will not be the Solicitor General who sold this case to China

TOP GOVERNMENT LAWYER. Philippine Solicitor General Florin Hilbay, who serves as agent for the Philippines, delivers a statement before the arbitral tribunal in June 2015. Photo courtesy of the Permanent Court of Arbitration

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

Duterte and US officials discuss West Philippine Sea ruling

Jul 19, 2016 - 9:58 PM

After the meeting US Senator Chris Murphy tweets and claims Duterte assured them he has no plans to negotiate with China over the West Philippine Sea

DUTERTE AND AMERICA. President Rodrigo Duterte meets with US Ambassador Philip Goldberg. Photo by Kiwi Bulaclac/PND

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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

PH sea dispute win: Not the time to be meek, US-based group says

Jul 16, 2016 - 10:56 PM

Rogelio Santos of the US Pinoys for Good Governance says the Philippines should take advantage of the favorable sea dispute ruling to gain enough leverage to enforce it

VICTORIOUS. Civil society groups hold a victory rally to celebrate the ruling on the South China Sea dispute. Photo by Mikel Panlilio/Rappler

EU urges 'peaceful' resolution to South China Sea row

Jul 15, 2016 - 8:16 PM

The EU foreign policy chief says the bloc s member states acknowledge the ruling but says the EU does not take a position on sovereignty rows

SEA DISPUTE. The South China Sea (C) is seen on a globe for sale at a bookstore in Beijing on June 15, 2016. Photo by Greg Baker/AFP

PH defies China, raises sea row at ASEM

Jul 15, 2016 - 2:45 PM

China insists that the Asia Europe Meeting ASEM in Mongolia is not an appropriate venue to discuss the South China Sea

TOP DIPLOMAT. Philippine Foreign Secretary Perfecto Yasay Jr (left) shakes hands with Mongolia's former vice foreign minister Choinkhor Jalbuu (right) at Chinggis Khaan International Airport for the 11th Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) Summit of Heads of State and Government (ASEM11) in Ulan Bator, Mongolia, on July 14, 2016. Photo by Mark Schiefelbein/EPA/Pool

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Jul 15, 2016 - 12:34 PM

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PH victory over China proves 'right is might' – Del Rosario

Jul 15, 2016 - 10:20 AM

The key players behind the Philippine government team that pursued the case against China speak at a UP forum

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Jul 14, 2016 - 7:29 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