HRW report hails resistance to Trump-style populism

Jan 18, 2018 - 4:45 PM

In its annual report, Human Rights Watch tracks unchecked abuse in unstable states like Syria and Myanmar, authoritarian trends in powers like Turkey and China – and also weighs in on year one of Trump's White House

RESIST. In this file photo, NYC Coalition to Resist US President Donald Trump holds Inauguration Day protest and march to the Trump Building on Wall Street, January 20, 2017 in New York. Bryan R. Smith/AFP

Former CIA agent's arrest follows U.S. spying debacle in China

Jan 18, 2018 - 10:52 AM

According to The New York Times, US counter-intelligence has been working overtime since at least 2012 to uncover a possible pro-Beijing mole within the ranks of America's espionage services

CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE. In this file photo, a man walks across the seal of the Central Intelligence Agency at the lobby of the Original Headquarters Building at the CIA headquarters February 19, 2009 in McLean, Virginia. Alex Wong/Getty Images/AFP

China says Iranian oil tanker wreck located

Jan 17, 2018 - 10:30 PM

'The location of the wreck has been confirmed,' China's transport ministry says on its official social media platform, adding the ship lay at a depth of around 115 meters

SANCHI BURNING. This handout file picture from the Transport Ministry of China taken and released on January 14, 2018 shows smoke and flames coming from the burning oil tanker 'Sanchi' at sea off the coast of eastern China. Photo by Transport Ministry of China/AFP

Hong Kong's Hang Seng Index hits all-time high

Jan 17, 2018 - 4:31 PM

The Hang Seng Index climbs 0.25%, or 78.66 points, to finish at 31,983.41 – overtaking its previous high of October 30, 2007, before the global financial crisis kicked in

RECORD HIGH. Pedestrians walk past a stocks display board after the Hang Seng Index leapt 1.81 percent, or 565.88 points, to close at 31,904.75 in Hong Kong on January 16, 2018. Anthony Wallace/AFP

Hong Kong democracy activist Joshua Wong jailed for 2014 protest

Jan 17, 2018 - 10:39 AM

(3rd UPDATE) Joshua Wong is already on bail pending an appeal over a 6-month sentence for another protest-related offense

GOING TO JAIL. Hong Kong democracy activist Joshua Wong stands outside the Court of Final Appeal in Hong Kong on January 16, 2018. Anthony Wallace/AFP

Former CIA agent arrested with top secret info

Jan 17, 2018 - 7:59 AM

US authorities arrest a former CIA agent, Hong Kong resident Jerry Chun Shing Lee, after discovering he had an unauthorized notebook that had the identities of undercover US spies

INTEL CENTRAL. A man crosses the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) logo in the lobby of CIA Headquarters in Langley, Virginia, on August 14, 2008. Saul Loeb/AFP

Hong Kong democracy activists appeal jail terms

Jan 16, 2018 - 2:44 PM

Hong Kong's leading democracy activists appeal against their jail terms in a case seen as a litmus test for the independence of the city's judiciary

APPEALING. Bailed Hong Kong democracy activists Joshua Wong (L), Nathan Law (C) and Alex Chow chant slogans as they meet the media outside the Court of Final Appeal before their first appeal hearing against jail sentences in Hong Kong on January 16, 2018. Anthony Wallace/AFP

Japan says China sent nuclear-powered sub to disputed isles

Jan 15, 2018 - 4:07 PM

Tokyo's statement comes on the same day that China announced 3 of its 'Coast Guard vessels conducted a patrol in territorial waters off the Diaoyu Islands'

DISPUTED. This photo taken on October 13, 2011 shows a P-3C patrol plane of Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force flying over the disputed islets known as the Senkaku islands in Japan and Diaoyu islands in China, in the East China Sea. Japan pool via Jiji Press / File /AFP

Iranian tanker sinks engulfed in flames, official says no hope of survivors

Jan 14, 2018 - 5:11 PM

(UPDATED) Information shows that Sanchi personnel were killed in the first hour of the accident 'due to explosion and the release of gas'

PH can earn big with Chinese call centers, says Sombero

Jan 14, 2018 - 3:46 PM

Wally Sombero, a self-proclaimed online gaming expert in the middle of a bribery scandal, says he wants President Rodrigo Duterte to understand the potential of Asia's growing online gaming industry

HOT SEAT. Wally Sombero arrives at the Senate on February 16 to attend a Senate probe. Photo by Joseph Vidal/PRIB

Chinese linked to P6.4-B smuggled shabu denies bribing BI to leave PH

Jan 13, 2018 - 8:18 PM

Richard Tan's lawyer says his client was not informed by the DOJ that an Immigration lookout bulletin was already issued against him

NOT INFORMED? Chinese businessman Richard Tan, the alleged shipper of the 604 kilos of shabu from China, says he wasn't informed a lookout bulletin was issued against him. File photo by Joseph Vidal/PRIB

India steps up China border patrols, vows to handle 'assertiveness'

Jan 12, 2018 - 9:25 PM

'We understand China is a powerful country but we are not a weak nation,' Indian army chief General Bipin Rawat tells a press conference when asked about the border dispute

BIPIN RAWAT. Indian Army Chief Lieutenant General Bipin Rawat, (L), Navy Chief Admiral Sunil Lanba (C) and Air Force Chief Air Marshal Birender Singh Dhanoa pay homage at Rajghat, the memorial of India's founding father Mahatma Gandhi, on Martyrs' Day in New Delhi on January 30, 2017. File photo by Prakash Singh/AFP

DFA on Benham Rise: 'Same rules for all countries'

Jan 12, 2018 - 7:59 PM

The DFA draws flak for supposedly approving a Chinese request to conduct research in Benham Rise, while rejecting a similar request from a French think tank

UNDERWATER TERRITORY. This photo shows Filipinos exploring Benham Rise for the first time in 2014. File photo courtesy of Dr Gil Jacinto/UP-MSI

EU unveils supercomputer plan to rival China

Jan 12, 2018 - 11:25 AM

In the absence of supercomputers, European scientists and industries risk yielding secrets or sensitive information as they increasingly process data outside the EU

Alejano: Why let China do research in PH waters, Benham Rise?

Jan 12, 2018 - 9:25 AM

Magdalo Representative Gary Alejano claims the Department of Foreign Affairs approved China's request to do scientific research in Benham Rise and other areas while rejecting a similar request from a French think tank

BENHAM RESEARCH. The Magdalo Representative questions the DFA's supposed decision to allow a Chinese academic group to conduct research on Philippine waters while rejecting a similar request of a France-based organization. File photo

Duterte on corruption, Teachers’ salary hike, Princess Charlotte nursery photos | Evening wRap

Jan 09, 2018 - 7:29 PM

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Study: Women who work night shifts face higher cancer risk

Jan 09, 2018 - 3:45 PM

These heightened risks were not apparent among female night-shift workers in Australia and Asia, said the journal Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers and Prevention.

GRAVEYARD. File photo of volunteers of   San Salvador's Rescuers' Commando emergency service night shift. Photo by Marvin Recinos / AFP

Roque, Lorenzana contradict each other on China's promise on man-made islands

Jan 09, 2018 - 2:39 PM

President Duterte's spokesman and his defense chief are not on the same page when it comes to China's promise: Is it a promise just to stop new reclamation in the South China Sea, or also to refrain from militarization of its man-made islands?

Presidential Spokesperson Atty. Harry Roque is glad to announce during a press briefing at the New Executive Building (NEB) in Malacañang on January 8, 2018 that President Rodrigo Roa Duterte has garnered an approval rating of 80 percent and 82 percent trust rating based on the last quarter survey of Pulse Asia. YANCY LIM/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

PH gears again to fix runway in West PH Sea island after delays

Jan 09, 2018 - 2:12 PM

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana says he is confident China will not protest the repairs, citing improved relations with the military superpower.

PAG-ASA ISLAND. About a hundred Filipinos live in one of the biggest islands in the Spratlys.

Explosion risk for oil tanker ablaze off China, says authorities

Jan 08, 2018 - 2:22 PM

The tanker Sanchi, operated by Iran's Glory Shipping, was heading to South Korea when it collided with a Hong Kong-flagged cargo ship, the CF Crystal

FIRE. This handout from the Korea Coast Guard taken and released on January 7, 2018 shows the Panamanian-flagged tanker 'Sanchi' on fire after a collision with a cargo ship at sea. Handout/KOREA COAST GUARD/AFP

Different approaches to bitcoin in Asia

Jan 07, 2018 - 4:45 PM

Here's how some Asian regulators are handling the bitcoin phenomenon

Macron pursues ambitious agenda on first official China visit

Jan 07, 2018 - 11:44 AM

During the 3-day trip which begins Monday, January 8, Macron plans to seek a 'strategic partnership' with Beijing, notably on terrorism and climate change

TO CHINA. French President Emmanuel Macron in Paris, on June 20, 2017. Benjamin Cremel/File/AFP

[OPINION] Third telco: More fiction than real

Jan 04, 2018 - 11:00 AM

It would take 3-4 years before the 3rd telco player could operate, go into the market, and compete. The Duterte administration would be lucky to have it toward the end of its term.

High-tech ship en route to resume hunt for missing MH370

Jan 03, 2018 - 6:56 PM

The Malaysia Airlines jet disappeared with 239 people on board in March 2014 en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing after diverting from its flight path

A candle burns a prayer message for passengers of missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 in Petaling Jaya on March 8, 2016.  Malaysia and Australia said they remained "hopeful" of solving the mystery of flight MH370 as the second anniversary of the plane's disappearance arrived on March 8 with no end in sight for devastated families. / AFP PHOTO / MOHD RASFAN

If China telco deal doesn't pan out, PH to tap other telco players

Jan 03, 2018 - 12:45 PM

Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque raises the possibility that China Telecom may find unacceptable the constitutional limitations on foreign ownerships of telco companies

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte accompanies People's Republic of China State Council Premier Li Keqiang as they enter the Malacañan Palace on November 15, 2017. REY BANIQUET/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Chinese ban on ivory sales goes into effect

Jan 02, 2018 - 12:22 PM

African ivory is highly sought after in China, where it is seen as a status symbol, and used to fetch as much as $1,100 a kilogram

IVORY BAN. Ivory trade ban now in effect in China. AFP file photo

Hong Kong ship crew questioned in South Korea for oil transfer to North

Dec 30, 2017 - 12:16 PM

(UPDATED) The Lighthouse Winmore, chartered by a Taiwanese company, has been impounded by South Korean customs authorities at the port of Yeosu on November 24 following an inspection

OIL TRANSFER? The Lighthouse Winmore, chartered by Taiwanese company Billions Bunker Group Corp., is seen at sea off South Korea's Yeosu port on December 29, 2017. Yonhap/AFP

China rejects Trump accusation on oil transfer to North Korea

Dec 29, 2017 - 5:47 PM

(UPDATED) In a tweet, US President Donald Trump accuses China of helping North Korea skirt sanctions

DENIES HELP. China rejects US President Donald Trump's accusation that that it is transferring oil to North Korea amid sanctions. Photo by Aly Song/ AFP

US, Germany urge China to release jailed activist

Dec 27, 2017 - 8:52 PM

The two countries also highlight 'allegations of serious mistreatment of Wu Gan' and a former human rights lawyer while in detention, calling on Chinese authorities 'to adhere to procedures established by law'

'FREE WU GAN.' An activist holds a poster depicting the jailed Chinese activist Wu Gan, known by the online pseudonym 'Super Vulgar Butcher', during a protest outside the Chinese Liaison Office in Hong Kong on December 27, 2017. Photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP

China to help victims of Davao mall fire, Vinta in January 2018

Dec 27, 2017 - 3:30 PM

China joins Japan in committing to aid Davao City after two tragedies affected its residents just before Christmas

CHINA AID. Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte announces the Chinese government will help residents recover from two tragedies that affected her city. File photo by Mick Basa/Rappler

France to probe Lactalis baby milk salmonella scare

Dec 27, 2017 - 9:16 AM

The product withdrawals affects consumers in countries as far afield as China, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Britain and Sudan, underlining the company's global reach and the difficulty in tracing all the potentially at-risk powder

PRODUCT RECALL. The French government issued an international alert warning that batches of the Lactalis infant formula could be contaminated with Salmonella. AFP PHOTO

China, Pakistan, Afghanistan agree on terror cooperation

Dec 26, 2017 - 7:47 PM

'We agreed to cooperate in fighting terrorism in all its forms and manifestations and without any distinctions of any sort,' says Afghan foreign minister Salahuddin Rabbani

TERROR COOPERATION. China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi (C), Afghanistan's Foreign Minister Salahuddin Rabbani (L) and Pakistan's Foreign Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif (R) join hands at the end of a joint press conference after the first China-Afghanistan-Pakistan Foreign Ministers' Dialogue in Beijing on December 26, 2017. Photo by Nicolas Asfouri/AFP

Chinese activist jailed for 8 years after major crackdown

Dec 26, 2017 - 6:44 PM

Wu Gan was convicted guilty of 'subverting state power'

'SUPER VULGAR'. Chinese activist with the alias 'Super Vulgar Butcher' has been sentenced to 8 years in prison.

LIST: Countries offering sympathy, aid after Vinta in PH

Dec 26, 2017 - 4:05 PM

Rappler is compiling a list of countries that have sent messages of sympathy or assistance after Typhoon Vinta (Tembin) in the Philippines

Taiwan warns Chinese military drills pose 'enormous threat'

Dec 26, 2017 - 3:05 PM

Local media estimate Chinese warplanes have conducted at least 20 drills around Taiwan this year, compared to just 8 in 2016

'ENORMOUS THREAT.' The frequent drills 'have created enormous threat to security in the Taiwan Strait,' says Taiwanese defense minister Feng Shih-kuan. File photo from Wikipedia

China's first emperor ordered search for immortality

Dec 25, 2017 - 8:20 PM

Wooden slips found in Hunan contain an executive order from emperor Qin Shihuang, ordering people to find the 'elixir of life'

(FILES) This photo taken on October 21, 2016 shows the sculptures of the Terracotta Army at the Terracotta Warrior Museum in Xian in north China's Shaanxi province. The first emperor of China, also known as Qin Shihuang, had an executive order of the elixir of life, according to a text on a set of wooden slips discovered through archaeological excavations, local media reported on December 25. / AFP PHOTO / - / China OUT

China island expansion moves ahead in South China Sea

Dec 25, 2017 - 7:15 PM

China's new super-dredger, called a 'magical island building machine,' is expected to take China's expansion in the disputed sea a step further

China has shut down 13,000 websites since 2015 – Xinhua

Dec 24, 2017 - 5:47 PM

The news comes as the Communist country continues to strengthen its already tight regulation of the internet

VIDEO BANS. A man uses a computer in an internet cafe in Beijing on June 1, 2017. File photo by Greg Baker/AFP

World's largest amphibious aircraft takes off in China

Dec 24, 2017 - 3:25 PM

The plane, codenamed 'Kunlong,' has flight capabilities that put all of China's island-building projects in the South China Sea well within range

At least 10,000 killed in 1989 Tiananmen crackdown – British cable

Dec 23, 2017 - 7:15 PM

The estimate is almost 10 times higher than the figure commonly accepted after the Chinese army's crackdown on pro-democracy protesters in Beijing

An activist sits in front of a poster of the "Tank Man" photo at his stall in Hong Kong on June 4, 2016, ahead of the commemoration of the bloody Tiananmen Square crackdown in 1989. / AFP PHOTO / ANTHONY WALLACE

UCLA players in China shoplifting incident to miss season

Dec 23, 2017 - 10:41 AM

Riley and Hill are indefinitely suspended from the UCLA college season

SUSPENDED. The UCLA basketball program will be missing the services of Cody Riley and Jaden Hill in their season. Photos from AFP

China donates P5.1 million for Urduja-hit areas

Dec 20, 2017 - 8:30 PM

Counsellor Sun Yi of the Chinese embassy in the Philippines turns over the humanitarian aid to the Philippine Red Cross

The Catmon Bridge in Biliran is impassable after it was destroyed when Typhoon Urduja ravaged some parts of Eastern and Western Visayas as it made its landfall on December 16, Saturday. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte then visited the hard-hit areas on December 18, 2017. ROBINSON NIÑAL JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

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Dec 19, 2017 - 9:03 PM

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PT&T, Chinese firm to explore free Wi-Fi during disasters

Dec 19, 2017 - 8:25 PM

The Philippine firm signs a deal with Chengdu Zhongxing Tiantong Technology Corporation to conduct a feasibility study, after which a definitive agreement may be reached

Duterte wants China-backed telco provider in PH by early 2018

Dec 19, 2017 - 12:53 PM

(UPDATED) President Rodrigo Duterte wants all China Telecom applications and licenses approved in just 7 days, says Malacañang

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and People's Republic of China State Council Premier Li Keqiang share a light moment after they make their joint press statement following the signing ceremony of various memorandum of understanding (MOUs) at the Malacañan Palace on November 15, 2017. ROBINSON NIÑAL JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Aboitiz Construction sets sights on China

Dec 18, 2017 - 4:00 PM

Aboitiz is in talks with Shandong Electric Power Construction Corporation III and Dongfang Electric Company to look into opportunities in China

CHINA VISIT. Aboitiz Construction executives visited two large companies – Shandong Electric Power and Dongfang Electric – in China in their effort to explore further business opportunities overseas. Photo from Aboitiz Group

Globe 'ready' for faster internet but permits are 'biggest hurdle'

Dec 17, 2017 - 10:35 PM

The telco says 'the cumbersome number of permits' as well as right-of-way issues hamper its delivery of good internet service

Mexican traffickers starting to produce own fentanyl – Sessions

Dec 15, 2017 - 2:41 PM

China up until now has been the main source of fentanyl, shipping large amounts through Mexican narcotics networks to the US market

IN CAPITOL HILL. U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions testifies during a hearing before the House Judiciary Committee November 14, 2017 in Washington, DC. File photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images/AFP

Google opens AI center in China as competition heats up

Dec 14, 2017 - 1:50 PM

Google's move to open a Beijing office focused on fundamental research is an indication of China's AI talent, widely seen as being neck-and-neck with the United States in research capability

This photo taken on April 11, 2016 shows visitors gathering at Google booth during the 2016 China International Electronic Commerce Expo in Yiwu, east China's Zhejiang province. File photo by AFP

Koreans, Chinese are top PH tourists in first 10 months of 2017

Dec 13, 2017 - 3:10 PM

Chinese arrivals also record the biggest surge, jumping 39.28%, while Indian visitors rose 20.28%