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[OPINION] The death of 'connectivity,' the China-led phase of globalization

Mar 24, 2020 - 2:36 PM

'If there is any silver lining to this tragedy, it is perhaps that it has happened today rather than later, when the Belt-and-Road Initiative might well have even more fatal consequences'

Virus slows China's major projects in Asia

Feb 28, 2020 - 11:30 PM

Many Chinese workers who left for the Lunar New Year holidays have not returned. Deliveries of supplies and equipment are also disrupted.

In this photograph taken on February 24, 2020 a Chinese labourer works at a construction site on reclaimed land, part of a Chinese-funded project for Port City, in Colombo. - From an artificial island in Sri Lanka to a bridge in Bangladesh and hydropower projects in Nepal and Indonesia, China's trillion-dollar Belt and Road plan is stuttering under the effects of the deadly coronavirus. (Photo by Ishara S. KODIKARA / AFP) / TO GO WITH AFP STORY 'HEALTH-VIRUS-DIPLOMACY-TRADE-CHINA-SASIA' FOCUS BY POORNIMA WEERASEKARA

China's Belt and Road projects lack transparency – EU firms

Jan 16, 2020 - 10:25 AM

China's Belt and Road Initiative also faces criticism for swaddling poor nations with crippling debt and for being too opaque

Workers take down a Belt and Road Forum panel outside the venue of the forum in Beijing on April 27, 2019. (Photo by Greg Baker/AFP)

China's Belt and Road Initiative: Plan for domination or strategy for crisis?

Dec 20, 2019 - 5:00 PM

The Belt and Road Initiative is the ultimate example of 'gigantism' and it is inviting a transborder ecological and social disaster

Reforms, transparency needed for Belt and Road success – World Bank

Jun 20, 2019 - 2:10 PM

The World Bank says China's Belt and Road Initiative has the potential to boost trade and investment, but only if China and other nations make policy reforms

BELT AND ROAD. Chinese President Xi Jinping (C) and other leaders pose for a group photo session at a welcoming banquet for the Belt and Road Forum at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on April 26, 2019. Photo by Jason Lee/Pool/AFP

Xi says more nations joining Belt and Road, $64B in deals

Apr 28, 2019 - 8:00 AM

Chinese President Xi Jinping pledges 'clean and green development' and financial sustainability under the Belt and Road Initiative, but critics remain wary

Chinese President Xi Jinping (C), his wife Peng Liyuan (next to Xi) and other leaders pose for a group photo session at a welcoming banquet for the Belt and Road Forum at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on April 26, 2019. (Photo by JASON LEE / POOL / AFP)

China's Xi aims to soothe Belt and Road fears

Apr 26, 2019 - 11:35 PM

In a speech kicking off a Belt and Road Initiative summit, Xi Jinping also offers soothing remarks to the US over subsidies, the yuan, and trade as the two sides head into fresh high-level talks next week

BELT AND ROAD INITIATIVE. Chinese President Xi Jinping seeks to soothe concerns about his ambitious Belt and Road Initiative. File photo by Fred Dufour/AFP

PH to get $10B in deals, investments from Duterte's China visit – DTI

Apr 23, 2019 - 6:52 PM

Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez says more than 20,000 jobs are expected to be created by deals to be signed on the sidelines of President Rodrigo Duterte's participation at the second Belt and Road Forum in Beijing

China invites North Korea to Belt and Road summit

Apr 19, 2019 - 5:51 PM

The Belt and Road Initiative has divided Europe, and Washington has called it a 'vanity project,' but a growing number of nations are signing up despite warnings about debt and opaque deals that favor Chinese firms

WANG YI. Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Affairs Minister Wang Yi answers questions from the press after his meeting with Philippine Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. in Davao City, Philippines on October 29, 2018. Photo by Manman Dejeto/Rappler

Indonesia polls bring battle over China's Belt and Road push

Apr 14, 2019 - 11:49 AM

Incumbent President Joko Widodo still pushes for Chinese investment, while his opponent Prabowo Subianto wants to review their deals with the Asian economic giant

OPPOSING VIEWS ON CHINA. Electoral opponents incumbent Indonesian President Joko Widodo (2nd from R) and Prabowo Subiano (2nd from L) gesture during the draw for 2019 presidential election at election commission office in Jakarta on September 21, 2018, as vice president candidates Maruf Amin (R) and Sandiaga Uno (L) look on. Photo by Bay Ismoyo/AFP

European leaders demand win-win relationship with China

Mar 27, 2019 - 9:51 AM

French President Emmanuel Macron, Germany's Angela Merkel, and European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker meet with the visiting Chinese President Xi Jinping in Paris

BELT & ROAD. Chinese President Xi Jinping, French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel hold a press conference at the Elysee presidential palace in Paris, on March 26, 2019. Photo by Thibault Camus/Pool/AFP

China's Xi says new Silk Road runs both ways as Italy signs up

Mar 22, 2019 - 11:16 PM

Italy has rolled out the red carpet for Xi Jinping, who will on March 23 sign a memorandum of understanding for Rome to join the $1 trillion Belt and Road Initiative

NEW SILK ROAD. This photo taken and handout on March 22, 2019 by the Quirinale Presidential Press Office shows Italy's President Sergio Mattarella (L) and Chinese President Xi Jinping shaking hands after addressing a press conference following their meeting at the Quirinale presidential palace in Rome, as part of a two-day visit to Italy. AFP PHOTO / QUIRINALE PRESS OFFICE

Hun Sen denies Cambodia is Chinese 'colony' as work on $2 billion road begins

Mar 22, 2019 - 3:56 PM

Beijing's communist rulers lavishes the poor but strategically useful kingdom of Cambodia with aid and loans

DEFENDING CHINA. Cambodian premier Hun Sen defends China's road project in the country. Photo by Tang Chhin Sothy/AFP

DOCUMENT: Philippines, China deal on Belt and Road Initiative

Nov 26, 2018 - 4:10 PM

The agreement states that Belt and Road Initiative projects must have the 'strictest respect for national laws' and that there should be 'complete transparency'

FAST FACTS: China's Belt and Road Initiative

Nov 20, 2018 - 4:23 PM

(UPDATED) China's 'One Belt, One Road' initiative is a revival of the ancient silk road trading route that would link Asian markets with economic circles in Europe

CHINA'S LEADER. Chinese President Xi Jinping walks past honor guards along with Philipine military chief Carlito Galvez (R) shortly after arriving at Manila international airport on November 20, 2018. Photo by Ted Aljibe/AFP

China's Xi offers $60 billion in Africa aid, says 'no strings attached'

Sep 03, 2018 - 8:33 PM

Xi offers the funding at the start of a two-day China-Africa summit that focused on his cherished Belt and Road initiative. The money – to be spent over the next 3 years – comes on top of $60 billion Beijing offered in 2015.

CHINA-AFRICA COOPERATION. A host of African leaders join Chinese president Xi Jinping for a group photo session during the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation in Beijing on September 3, 2018. Photo by How Hwee Young/AFP

Taiwan president urges world to stand up to China – AFP interview

Jun 25, 2018 - 10:25 PM

Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen urges other nations to unite in defending against China's expansionist aims and to protect shared liberal values

VERSUS CHINA. Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen takes part in an interview with AFP at the Presidential Office in Taipei on June 25, 2018. Photo Sam Yeh/AFP

[ANALYSIS] ASEAN likes, but also fears, China's economic weight

Nov 12, 2017 - 9:30 AM

Recent analyses make the case for why ASEAN's 10 member countries need to work on deepening trade and investment ties among themselves

What’s next for the ASEAN economy in a post-American world?

Nov 09, 2017 - 9:15 AM

The US-led global order that fostered stability and globalization is crumbling and ASEAN economies will have to be linked closer than ever to thrive in the uncertain new world

At a forgotten Pakistan port, China paves a new Silk Road

Oct 25, 2017 - 3:27 PM

Pakistan's Gwadar port is an unlikely crown jewel in a multi-billion-dollar development project with China aimed at constructing a 21st century Silk Road

PROMISE OF PROGRESS. In this photograph taken on October 4, 2017, a Pakistani naval personnel stands guard near a ship carrying containers at Gwadar Port. Amelie Herenstein/AFP

For Pakistanis, China 'friendship' road runs one way

Aug 02, 2017 - 1:46 PM

For China the two lane thoroughfare symbolizes a blossoming partnership but for many Pakistani businessmen living and working on the Chinese side of the border the road is a one way street

LONG WAY. This picture taken on June 27, 2017 shows a truck driving along the China-Pakistan Friendship Highway before the Karakorum mountain range near Tashkurgan in China's western Xinjiang province. Johannes Eisele/AFP

Could Duterte's approach to China ultimately make Ongpin richer?

May 17, 2017 - 1:00 PM

It s no secret President Rodrigo Duterte dislikes tycoon Roberto Ongpin But Duterte s friendly approach toward China may be the key Ongpin has long been waiting for to unlock a natural gas windfall in the South China Sea

30 countries reject protectionism at China's Belt and Road Forum

May 16, 2017 - 6:15 PM

Leaders who participated in China s Belt and Road Forum lay down cooperation principles for the Belt and Road Initiative

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May 16, 2017 - 1:05 PM

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Duterte meets Turkey's Erdogan in Beijing

May 16, 2017 - 9:18 AM

The Philippine leader has a pull aside meeting with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan another leader known for his charisma and strongman leadership

ANOTHER STRONGMAN LEADER. Turkey President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will meet Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte in Beijing. File photo by Adem Altan/Agence France-Presse

Duterte: China 'sincere' about commitments to PH

May 16, 2017 - 8:08 AM

The Philippine leader gives the assurance to Filipinos amid concerns that loans from China for his ambitious infrastructure program may turn the country into a debt slave of the regional giant

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte is escorted by Armed Forces Chief General Eduardo Año upon his arrival at Francisco Bangoy International Airport in Davao City after his successful engagement in Cambodia, Hongkong, and the Republic of China. In his arrival speech, Pres. Duterte expressed the gratitude that the country renewed and resolved to strengthen friendship and partnership among various countries including a step forward in peacefully managing disputes. He added that his primary agenda is the people’s welfare and reiterates his mandate to not only to build infrastructure but it is to build a strong and progressive nation.    President Rodrigo Roa Duterte is accorded with full military honors upon his arrival at Francisco Bangoy International Airport in Davao City at dawn of May 16, 2017 following his successful visits to Cambodia, Hongkong, and the People's Republic of China.    Armed Forces of the Philippine Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Eduardo Año escorted the President as he walked past honor guards.    In his arrival speech, President Duterte expressed gratitude to the leaders of the countries he has visited as well as the countries that he had bilateral talks with on the sidelines of the Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation in China citing that Philippines has renewed and resolved to strengthen friendship and partnership with other countries.    President Duterte added that his primary agenda is to forge stronger ties so that he could improve the welfare of the Filipinos. PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

PH, China sign deal on P3.6-B grant for Pasig River bridges

May 15, 2017 - 11:05 PM

Duterte and Xi also witness the signing of 3 MOUs on human resource development energy and communications


IN PHOTOS: Honeylet joins leaders' spouses in Forbidden City tour

May 15, 2017 - 9:10 PM

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte s partner goes on a tour of the World Heritage Site with 19 other spouses of leaders attending the Belt and Road Forum in China

SEEING THE SIGHTS. President Rodrigo Duterte's partner Honeylet Avanceña joins the spouses' program for the partners of the different heads of state who attended the Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation. Presidential photo

Duterte joins Belt and Road talks with 28 other leaders

May 15, 2017 - 8:30 PM

The Philippine leader introduces his administration s ambitious infrastructure plan and stresses the need to fight illegal drugs

READY TO CONTRIBUTE. President Rodrigo Duterte participates in two leaders' roundtable summits during the Belt and Road Forum in Beijing, China. Presidential photo

Duterte envoy De Venecia proposes joint development with China

May 14, 2017 - 4:35 PM

At the Belt and Road Forum in Beijing Duterte envoy Jose de Venecia Jr suggests turning the South China Sea into a zone of friendship

'POTENTIAL FOR PEACE.' Duterte's special envoy and former House Speaker Jose De Venecia proposes joint development of oil and natural gas in the South China Sea. Image from BRI livestream

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May 14, 2017 - 2:29 PM

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China's Xi: Belt and Road Initiative to benefit all

May 14, 2017 - 12:50 PM

UPDATED Xi pitches for win win cooperation and partnerships with no confrontation as he opens the two day Belt and Road Forum

'WIN-WIN.' Chinese President Xi Jinping makes a pitch for the Belt and Road Initiative in front of world leaders in Beijing in the first Belt and Road Forum. Screenshot from CGTN website

Duterte joins China summit on new Silk Road

May 14, 2017 - 10:41 AM

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte arrives in China for a two day forum on Chinese President Xi Jinping s signature foreign policy program

BACK IN CHINA. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte arrives in Beijing on May 13, 2017, to attend China's two-day Belt and Road Forum. Malacañang photo

FAST FACTS: China’s Belt and Road Forum

May 14, 2017 - 1:22 AM

The two day forum in Beijing is an opportunity for China to explain to other countries its grand vision to revive and expand the Silk Road trade routes and help fund developing countries infrastructure projects to boot

SUMMIT-READY ROAD. Banners are displayed along a street ahead of the Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation in Beijing on May 9, 2017. Photo by Wang Zhao/Agence France-Presse

VLOG: Beijing puts best foot forward for Belt and Road Forum

May 14, 2017 - 12:39 AM

Beijing makes sure the air is smog free and security is tighter for the Belt and Road Forum to be attended by over 20 world leaders

What to expect from Duterte at China’s Belt and Road Forum

May 13, 2017 - 11:44 PM

UPDATED The Philippine President will get to see his idol Russian President Vladimir Putin again and will give a speech about his country s experience with China

BACK IN BEIJING. President Rodrigo Duterte, beside his partner Honeylet Avanceña, arrives at Beijing's special airport terminal on Saturday, May 13

Will China help the Philippines achieve its railway dreams?

May 13, 2017 - 6:38 PM

China has the world s largest high speed railway network The Philippines meanwhile is hoping to get aid to boost its infrastructure

Photo by Acor Arceo/Rappler

China tells the world bedtime stories in propaganda drive

May 13, 2017 - 1:01 PM

State run media bombards the internet with a series of videos touting Xi Jinping s One Belt One Road Initiative ahead of a two day summit on the project

CHINESE LEADER. This file photo taken on September 3, 2016 shows China's President Xi Jinping speaking during the opening ceremony of the B20 Summit prior to the G20 Summit in Hangzhou. Photo by Aly Song/AFP

Duterte in Belt and Road Forum affirms PH back in China’s embrace

May 13, 2017 - 9:26 AM

For China President Duterte s presence in their high profile forum means the Philippines is back in its sphere of influence

COOPERATING WITH CHINA. President Rodrigo Duterte shakes hands with President Xi Jinping, architect of the Belt and Road Initiative, during his state visit in October 2016. File photo by Toto Lozano/PPD

China champions globalization with new Silk Road summit

May 11, 2017 - 2:29 PM

The forum will promote President Xi Jinping s One Belt One Road Initiative OBOR a massive Chinese bankrolled infrastructure project to link the country with Africa Asia and Europe

SUMMIT-READY ROAD. Banners are displayed along a street ahead of Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation in Beijing on May 9, 2017. Wang Zhao/AFP

Duterte set to visit Cambodia, Hong Kong, Beijing

May 08, 2017 - 12:40 PM

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte will attend the World Economic Forum on ASEAN 2017 in Cambodia meet with Filipinos in Hong Kong and join the Belt and Road Forum in Beijing

China pushes economic diplomacy amid warm Philippine ties

May 06, 2017 - 5:00 PM

The Asian powerhouse expresses optimism over the Philippines participation in the ambitious Belt and Road Initiative

Duterte to attend Belt and Road summit in China

Mar 24, 2017 - 4:37 PM

The Philippine President s attendance to the Silk Road Initative summit in May will be his second visit to China

REVIVED FRIENDSHIP. Chinese President Xi Jinping invites Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte to the One Belt, One Road Summit in China. File photo by Toto Lozano/PPD

Duterte to visit China again in May – report

Jan 19, 2017 - 5:34 PM

I look forward to meeting Xi Jinping again the Chinese Foreign Ministry reportedly quotes President Rodrigo Duterte as saying

FRIENDLY TIES. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte meets with China Vice Foreign Minister Liu Zhenmin at the Music Room in Malacanang on January 17, 2017. Presidential Photo

Duterte faces Asia's Goliath: What PH stands to gain or lose in China

Oct 17, 2016 - 7:56 PM

The unwieldy Philippine President heads to China s capital on Tuesday October 18 Will his visit yield gifts from an old friend a victory against a foe or a deal with the devil?

The Scrum: Beyond citizenship, issues that Grace Poe has to answer

Mar 14, 2016 - 2:04 PM

We have focused far too long on her citizenship yet Grace Poe has largely gotten away with motherhood and non committal answers to hard questions

NATURAL-BORN FILIPINO. Senator Grace Poe hurdles legal challenges to her presidential bid. File photo

Amid tension, Chinese cities push investments in PH

Apr 20, 2015 - 10:53 AM

Xiamen and Quanzhou in Fujian province where many Filipino Chinese trace their roots want their businessmen to go global

ONE STOP SHOP. Investors at the Xiamen Xiangyu Free Trade Zone need only to stop at one place to check all their requirements. All photos by Mia Gonzalez/Rappler