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IN PHOTOS: Philippines, Vietnam navies play games on disputed South China Sea island

Nov 15, 2018 - 11:38 PM

The Philippine and Vietnamese navies spend an afternoon of camaraderie at the Philippine-occupied Northeast Cay in the Spratlys

Camaraderie in South China Sea: Philippines, Vietnam navies play volleyball on disputed island. Photo courtesy of Philippine Navy

[OPINION] Working together for the golden age of PH-China relations

Nov 15, 2018 - 5:00 PM

'We have every reason to believe that Chinese President Xi Jinping's visit will enormously boost China-Philippines relations in the new era and position our relations as a new model of international relations,' writes Ambassador Zhao Jianhua

Locsin says media should verify China weather stations

Nov 15, 2018 - 3:20 PM

Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr thumbs down the filing of diplomatic protests, because if no one responds, 'it is banging your head against the wall'

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

Koko Pimentel says 'no need to worry' over China Telecom's entry to PH

Nov 15, 2018 - 9:30 AM

'Let us also be fair and not be allergic or raise alarm just because the foreign player is Chinese,' Senator Aquilino Pimentel III tells Rappler

Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

[ANALYSIS] Disturbing red flags in the 3rd telco selection

Nov 15, 2018 - 9:00 AM

Suspicions of cronyism, as well as serious national security and privacy concerns, deserve more than a passing glance from our leaders and policymakers

Duterte to China: 'Tell us route to take' in sea row | Evening wRap

Nov 14, 2018 - 10:16 PM

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Duterte to China: 'Tell us route to take' in sea row

Nov 14, 2018 - 11:55 AM

Before attending the ASEAN-China Summit, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte shares his views on the much-awaited Code of Conduct in the South China Sea

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte shares a light moment with the members of his cabinet upon his arrival at a hotel in Singapore on November 12, 2018. KARL NORMAN ALONZO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Japan economy shrinks in Q3 as natural disasters hit

Nov 14, 2018 - 10:48 AM

Gross domestic product for the July-September period has contracted 0.3% from the previous quarter, reversing growth of 0.8% in the April-June period

ECONOMY SHRINKS. Experts say a number of natural disasters in Japan dampened personal consumption, company investment and exports. File photo from AFP

[EDITORIAL]: #AnimatED: China's telco play in the Philippines

Nov 12, 2018 - 10:00 AM

The coming entry of China Telecom into our communication infrastructure serves the interest of a covetous neighbor that has wronged us so many times

Alibaba hits another 'Singles Day' record but growth slows

Nov 12, 2018 - 9:04 AM

Although retail sales in China have been steady, the outlook is uncertain as the economy slows and concerns rise over the impact of the trade war with the United States

Blockbuster to lackluster: #TelcoSerye drama leaves people puzzled

Nov 11, 2018 - 7:32 PM

A contest with a single qualifier, an exciting legal drama, and romantic promises. These and a hodgepodge of twists are perfect for a #TelcoSerye.

'Ababis' and 'Star Wnrs': Knockoffs thrive in China e-commerce

Nov 11, 2018 - 4:10 PM

Would you go for 'Ababis' over Adidas, 'Star Wnrs' over Star Wars, and 'Caiwen Kani' over Calvin Klein?

This photo illustration taken on November 6, 2018 shows of counterfeit sport shoes in Beijing. - As China held its massive annual "Singles Day" online sales event on November 11, shoppers could still find cheap imitations on Alibaba's Taobao app despite the company's efforts to curb sales of counterfeit goods. (Photo by FRED DUFOUR / AFP) / TO GO WITH China-e-commerce-fraud,FOCUS by Ludovic Ehret

Mozambique opens $785 million Chinese bridge

Nov 10, 2018 - 7:53 PM

The bridge will also directly link Mozambique's capital Maputo to the border of neighboring South Africa by road for the first time

BRIDGE. A worker stands at the Catembe side of the construction site of the Maputo-Catembe Bridge, which will be the longest suspension bridge in Africa once completed, in Catembe on February 10, 2017. File photo by John Wessels/AFPP

US denies China 'Cold War' but deep gaps persist

Nov 10, 2018 - 10:47 AM

'Rather, we want to ensure that China act responsibly and fairly in support of security and prosperity in each of our two countries,' US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks during a press briefing at the US Department of State in Washington, DC, on October 3, 2018. - The United States said Wednesday it was terminating a 1955 treaty reached with then ally Iran after Tehran cited it in an international court ruling against Washington's sanctions policy. "I'm announcing that the US is terminating the 1955 Treaty of Amity with Iran. This is a decision, frankly, that is 39 years overdue," Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told reporters, referring to the date of the 1979 Islamic revolution. (Photo by Jim WATSON / AFP)

U.S., China meet to explore path forward from tensions

Nov 09, 2018 - 10:39 PM

Donald Trump is expected to meet his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping on the sidelines of the Group of 20 summit in Argentina

MISTAKE. China sees new US policy a "mistake" and urges them to "correct" it. File photo by Brian Blanco/Getty Images/AFP

IN CHARTS: Telco promises of Chavit Singson vs Dennis Uy-China Telecom

Nov 09, 2018 - 8:35 PM

Chavit Singson's Sear Telecom intends to spend a whopping P540 billion, and promises 100% national coverage and lightning speeds, should its bid be considered

Backlash over FT journalist denied entry to Hong Kong

Nov 09, 2018 - 3:28 PM

British citizens are usually allowed into Hong Kong without a visa and are permitted to stay for 180 days under immigration rules

INDEPENDENCE TALK. In this photo taken on August 14, 2018, Victor Mallet, a Financial Times journalist and vice president of the Foreign Correspondents' Club (right) shakes hands with Andy Chan, founder of the Hong Kong National Party. File photo by Paul Yeung/Pool/AFP

Amid joint exploration talks, Sotto says China now 'recognizes West PH Sea is ours'

Nov 09, 2018 - 9:14 AM

'I am privy to dialogue and talks within the executive department and slowly, we are realizing the fact that they do agree that those areas are ours,' says Senate President Vicente Sotto III

Senate President Sen. Vicente Sotto III explains the bill on lowering the criminal liability to 13 years old. September 25, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Manny Pangilinan downplays Dennis Uy's 3rd telco

Nov 08, 2018 - 7:10 PM

Tycoon Manny Pangilinan and other PLDT officials say the 3rd major telco player has a lot of catching up to do, particularly in terms of building infrastructure

IN PHOTOS: Philippine Navy team returns triumphant from sea drills held in China

Nov 08, 2018 - 7:04 PM

The Philippine Navy team stands out in the communication drill despite bringing a logistics vessel, 'BRP Dagupan City,' whose technology was inferior to the frigates brought in by the other countries

Photo by Carmela Fonbuena/Rappler

IN CHARTS: Udenna Corp-China Telecom's promises

Nov 08, 2018 - 8:45 AM

Provisional 3rd telco winner Mislatel promises to blow away Smart and Globe with super fast internet and wide coverage – at a very hefty price

Dennis Uy-China Telecom consortium provisionally named 3rd telco

Nov 07, 2018 - 5:33 PM

(UPDATED) Their group, called Mislatel Consortium, garners a total of 456.8 points out of 500 under the criteria

2 oil exploration contracts awaiting Duterte's signature – Cusi

Nov 07, 2018 - 2:10 PM

One contract for oil exploration is likely to be signed with China state-owned oil producer China National Offshore Oil Corporation

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte meets with Chinese businessmen at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Beijing, China on October 21 before leaving for Davao City. Photo by Toto Lozano/PPD

China uses 'gait recognition' technology to identify people

Nov 07, 2018 - 12:03 PM

The software can identify people by how they walk, even if they are not facing the camera

Bill Gates brings jar of poop at China's toilet expo

Nov 07, 2018 - 11:43 AM

According to UNICEF, 892 million people worldwide have no choice but to defecate in the open

GATES. Microsoft founder Bill Gates talks next to a container with human feces during the "reinvented toilet expo" in Beijing on November 6, 2018. Photo by Nicolas Asfouri/AFP


China Telecom, Dennis Uy's Udenna Corp team up for 3rd telco bid

Nov 07, 2018 - 9:55 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte previously said he wants a Chinese company to be the 3rd major telecommunications player

Jailed Chinese activist's elderly mother seeks justice

Nov 06, 2018 - 9:43 PM

The mother of ailing imprisoned Chinese dissident Huang Qi is in Beijing to plead his case, fearing he will die behind bars

To go with AFP story CHINA-RIGHTS-AGRICULTURE-POLITICS-INTERNET In a picture taken on January 22, 2015, Chinese dissident Huang Qi poses in his apartment in Chengdu, Sichuan province. He spent years in jail for running one of China's few websites dedicated to reporting human rights abuses. But now authorities appreciate his coverage, Huang Qi said as his smartphone buzzed with fresh news of injustice. AFP PHOTO / FRED DUFOUR  FRED DUFOUR / AFP

China unveils new 'Heavenly Palace' space station

Nov 06, 2018 - 8:04 PM

Crowds at the Airshow China gather around the cylindrical module representing the living and working quarters of the Tiangong – or 'Heavenly Palace' – a replica of its first permanently crewed space station

A model of an astronaut is put on the top of a partial model of Chinese space station at the Airshow China 2018 in Zhuhai, south China's Guangdong province on November 6, 2018. China unveiled a replica of its first permanently crewed space station, which would replace the international community's orbiting laboratory and symbolises the country's major ambitions beyond Earth. WANG ZHAO / AFP

China rights record in spotlight at U.N. review

Nov 06, 2018 - 1:39 PM

According to estimates, as many as one million Uighurs and other Muslim minorities are being kept in extrajudicial detention in China's fractious far western Xinjiang region

UN REVIEW. This photo taken on April 16, 2015 shows Uighurs riding through a sand storm, in China's western Xinjiang region. File photo by Greg Baker/AFP

Easing tensions, U.S., China to hold top-level security talks

Nov 06, 2018 - 10:09 AM

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Defense Secretary Jim Mattis will host their Chinese counterparts in Washington for the second US-China Diplomatic and Security Dialogue

SIDE BY SIDE. In this file photo, a Chinese woman adjusts a Chinese flag near US flags before the start of a Strategic Dialogue expanded meeting between China and the US. Pool/AFP

U.S. to exempt China, India, Japan from Iran oil sanctions

Nov 05, 2018 - 11:19 PM

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says 8 countries would be at least temporarily exempt from the ban on buying Iranian oil due to special circumstances or so as not to disrupt energy markets

WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 13: Central Intelligence Agency Director Mike Pompeo delivers remarks at The Center for Strategic and International Studies April 13, 2017 in Washington, DC. This was the first public remarks by Pompeo since he took the helm at the U.S. spy agency. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images/AFP

Alibaba's Ma calls trade war 'stupidest thing in the world'

Nov 05, 2018 - 10:19 PM

'Trade is to form ... peace. Trade is to communicate...nobody can stop free trade' says Jack Ma, the Alibaba e-commerce tycoon

STUPIDEST. File photo of Alibaba founder Jack Ma. Photo by Munir Uz Zaman/ AFP

PH to protest China weather stations, if reports are true – Panelo

Nov 05, 2018 - 3:26 PM

But Malacañang says it still needs to 'validate' news reports quoting Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Lu Kang about Beijing-controlled weather stations in the Spratlys

MISCHIEF REEF. €The construction of hangars on Mischief Reef is said to be part of China's ˜militarization of the West Philippine Sea. Photo courtesy of CSIS/AMTI and DigitalGlobe

China builds weather stations in West Philippine Sea

Nov 04, 2018 - 3:04 PM

China reportedly installs these weather stations on Fiery Cross Reef, Subi Reef, and Mischief Reef in the West Philippine Sea

MISCHIEF REEF. Structures seen on a satellite image of Mischief Reef on November 15, 2016, released December 13, 2016. Image courtesy of CSIS Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative/DigitalGlobe

Hong Kong art show cancelled after 'threats by China'

Nov 02, 2018 - 5:57 PM

'We are sorry to announce that the exhibition 'Gongle' by Chinese artist Badiucao has been cancelled out of safety concerns,' says the news website Hong Kong Free Press, one of the event organizers

Duterte and the saints, digital authoritarianism, Harvey Weinstein | Midday wRap

Nov 02, 2018 - 12:59 PM

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Apple Watch supplier under fire over China student labor

Oct 31, 2018 - 7:32 AM

The report raises fresh questions about the practices of suppliers Apple uses to build its gadgets in China following the deaths of a number of workers in 2010 apparently linked to tough working conditions.

APPLE IN CHINA. Customers queue outside an Apple store to get their hands on the new iPhone XR in Shanghai on October 26, 2018. Photo by AFP

West Philippine Sea, Synagogue attack, plane crash in Indonesia | Evening wRap

Oct 29, 2018 - 11:28 PM

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China to heed proposed sea code, binding or not – Wang Yi

Oct 29, 2018 - 9:19 PM

'Whether or not it is legally binding, any document we have signed, we will strictly abide by it and firmly implement it,' says Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi

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

PH, China can shelve claims for sake of joint dev't – Wang Yi

Oct 29, 2018 - 4:51 PM

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi pushes for joint development between the Philippines and China 'without prejudice to each other's sovereign claim'

TOP DIPLOMATS. Philippine Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr (left) and Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi share a light moment during the latter's official visit in Davao City, Philippines, on October 29, 2018. Photo by Manman Dejeto/Rappler

Joint exploration with China, AFP in BOC, typhoon Rosita | Midday wRap

Oct 29, 2018 - 2:40 PM

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China lost to PH in court. Will it win via joint exploration?

Oct 29, 2018 - 8:16 AM

The proposed joint exploration of the West Philippine Sea is a key issue expected during Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi's unprecedented trip to Davao City

TOP DIPLOMATS. Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi and Philippine Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr pose for photographs during the opening of the Chinese consulate in Davao City on October 28, 2018. Photo by Manman Dejeto/Rappler

Knife attacker wounds 14 children in Chinese kindergarten

Oct 26, 2018 - 7:10 PM

A 39-year-old woman uses a kitchen knife to slash students while they were returning to the classroom after morning exercises in Chongqing city

China leads the way as world's billionaires get richer

Oct 26, 2018 - 5:30 PM

(UPDATED) China minted two new billionaires a week in 2017, says Swiss banking giant UBS and auditors PwC

CHINA'S INTERNET POWERHOUSE. Jack Ma, Robin Li and Pony Ma. Photos from Wikipedia

Mon Tulfo, Lapeña promoted, Boracay | Evening wRap

Oct 25, 2018 - 10:23 PM

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Japan's Abe begins a rare visit to China

Oct 25, 2018 - 6:11 PM

Shinzo Abe's visit is the first by a Japanese premier since 2011 and is part of a years-long process of repairing relations in the wake of a disastrous falling-out in 2012

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe addresses a press conference at the conclusion of the G7 Summit in La Malbaie, Canada on June 9, 2018. The leaders of the G7 failed to heal a tariff dispute that has pushed them to the brink of trade war, as Donald Trump quit their summit early and warned Canada, Japan and Europe that "the gig is up." GEOFF ROBINS / AFP

World’s longest sea crossing from HK to China opens

Oct 24, 2018 - 12:27 PM

People can now travel straight from the Hong Kong International Airport to cities in southern China in under an hour

LONGEST SEA CROSSING. The Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau bridge opens. Photo courtesy of the Hong Kong Tourism Board

China's president launches Hong Kong-mainland mega bridge

Oct 23, 2018 - 10:32 AM

It is the second major infrastructure project tying Hong Kong to mainland China to launch in a matter of weeks, after the opening of a high-speed rail link in September

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

Tens of thousands rally for Taiwan independence vote

Oct 20, 2018 - 6:30 PM

The rally calls for a public vote on whether the island should formally declare independence from China

'NO TO CHINA.' Pro-Taiwan independence activists call for the referendum on the streets in front of the headquarters of the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) during a demonstration in Taipei on October 20, 2018. Photo by Sam Yeh/AFP