Rappler PLUS briefing: What do we know about China?
MANILA, Philippines – China is very much in our midst – whether as a neighbor that lends us money, or as a military giant that harasses us in our own waters, or as a nation that has sent its gamblers and unemployed workers to our country.
A Chinese vessel sank a Philippine fishing boat in the West Philippine Sea on June 9, an incident that has strained the ties of Manila and Beijing despite President Rodrigo Duterte's efforts to downplay it. This merely heightened Filipinos' distrust of China, coming in the wake of the influx of Chinese workers into the country through a number of Chinese investments and China-backed projects under the Duterte administration.
But what do we know about China beyond the headlines?
On Thursday next week, July 11, at 5 pm, Rappler is holding an exclusive briefing on China at its headquarters in Pasig City.
Economist and Rappler columnist JC Punongbayan will lead the discussions on China's economy, rapid growth, and intentions in the Philippines.
Rappler's business reporter Ralf Rivas and its foreign affairs journalist Paterno Esmaquel II will also join the discussions during the open forum.
This PLUS briefing is the first of Rappler's two-part series on China.
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