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Malaysia revives massive China-backed project

Apr 19, 2019 - 8:18 PM

The 140-billion ringgit ($34 billion) Bandar Malaysia development in Kuala Lumpur is expected to attract financial institutions and companies, and will be an interchange for a number of rail lines

MALAYSIA. The Perdana Putra, which is located in Putrajaya, is the seat of power of the Malaysian federal government's executive as it houses the office complex of the Malaysian Prime Minister. Photo by King Rodriguez / Presidential Photo

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

China bans Boston Marathon trio in latest cheating scandal

Apr 19, 2019 - 1:16 PM

Marathon running is growing fast in China but there have been numerous instances of cheating, including a woman who jumped on a bike in a recent domestic race and several others who took shortcuts

MARATHON. Runners passing the 24 mile marker in this file photo of the 2018 Boston Marathon on April 16, 2018 in Brookline, Massachusetts. Photo by Scott Eisen / Getty Images North America / AFP

China to launch asteroid probe, calls for partners

Apr 18, 2019 - 7:57 PM

The 10-year mission will involve a probe sent to a near-Earth asteroid to collect samples, says Liu Jizhong, head of China's Exploration and Space Engineering Center

NEXT FOR CHINA. A Long March 3B rocket lifts off from the Xichang launch center in Xichang in China's southwestern Sichuan province early on December 8, 2018. China now spends more on its civil and military space programs than do Russia and Japan, and is second only to the United States. File photo by STR/AFP

Amazon to pull plug on China retail operations – report

Apr 18, 2019 - 2:13 PM

An Amazon spokesperson says the company is looking to focus more on cross-border sales in China

AMAZON. An Amazon logo is seen inside the Amazon corporate headquarters on June 16, 2017 in Seattle, Washington. File photo by David Ryder/Getty Images/AFP

Trust in China 'neutral' as U.S. keeps 'very good' rating

Apr 17, 2019 - 10:52 AM

Japan and Australia maintain their 'good' net trust ratings in a recent survey by polling firm Social Weather Stations

UNPOPULAR COUNTRY. One of hundreds of protesters wears a 'China out' hat at a Day of Valor rally in front of the Chinese consulate in Makati City on April 9, 2019. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Del Rosario slams Panelo for 'mindless' surrender to China

Apr 16, 2019 - 6:10 PM

If Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo is not defending the Philippines, 'what in heaven's name is he doing?' says former foreign secretary Albert del Rosario

EX-TOP DIPLOMAT. Former foreign secretary Albert del Rosario holds a press conference with former ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales (not in photo) on March 22, 2019, about their complaint against Chinese President Xi Jinping before the International Criminal Court. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Papa roach: Chinese farmer breeds cockroaches for the table

Apr 16, 2019 - 6:10 PM

'A lot of people think they're pests, but to me, they are gold,' Li Bingcai says about his farm of 10 million cockroaches, which he breeds for food

Formula One in talks over second China GP, road race on card

Apr 16, 2019 - 3:56 PM

A second grand prix in China will mostly likely be held on the streets

ROAD RACE. Formula One is in talks with China after Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton wins the Shanghai GP. File photo by Christof Stache/AFP

Chinese netizens fume at censored 'Game of Thrones'

Apr 16, 2019 - 10:32 AM

Even the fighting scenes are cut!

PH eyes 'legal action' vs China giant clam harvest

Apr 16, 2019 - 10:04 AM

Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr says the Philippines protested the alleged mass harvesting of giant clams by Chinese vessels in Scarborough Shoal

TOP DIPLOMATS. Philippine Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr (L) and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi (R) arrive for a press conference at Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing on March 20, 2019. Photo by Nicolas Asfouri/AFP

Chinese pharmaceutical plant accident kills 10

Apr 15, 2019 - 10:07 PM

Sparks from a pipe being welded at Qilu Tianhe Huishi Pharmaceutical Co. in eastern Shandong province cause a substance to catch fire and give off the smoke that suffocated and killed 10 people

[OPINION] The paradox of a gift: Foreign aid and its conditions

Apr 14, 2019 - 10:45 PM

Should we reject foreign aid as it is ultimately self-serving anyway? Not at all.

6 more detained over China blast that killed 78

Apr 14, 2019 - 7:37 PM

Measures will also be taken against Jiangsu Tianjiayi Chemical, according to police

(FILES) This file picture taken on March 21, 2019 shows fire and smoke rising at an explosion site in Yancheng in China's eastern Jiangsu province. - The death toll from a chemical plant explosion in China rose to 78 on March 25, 2019, with hundreds still receiving medical treatment four days after one of the country's worst industrial accidents. (Photo by STR / AFP) / China OUT

Robredo: Imee Marcos 'insensitive' for saying PH started fight with China

Apr 14, 2019 - 7:05 PM

'Iyon talagang nakakadismaya.... Talagang napaka-insensitive. Nakakatakot na ganito iyong magiging senador,' says Vice President Leni Robredo

Vice President Leni Robredo visited the beneficiaries of cattle donated by Office of the Vice President under its Angat Buhay program in Zamboanguita, Negros Oriental, on Thursday, Feb. 28, 2019. The beneficiaries are part of the Daruhan sa Matag Mag-uuma farmers association, and received the cattle as part of livelihood initiatives, as identified by the local government, a participant in the Angat Buhay Bridging Leadership Program. (Photo by OVP)

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

Chinese arm wrestling yanks hard for recognition

Apr 13, 2019 - 10:54 PM

Already considered a serious sport in many parts of the world, arm wrestling has generally been viewed in China as a testosterone showdown between inebriated bar patrons

This photo taken on March 10, 2019 shows participants competing in the 7th Shanghai Arm Wrestling Open in Shanghai. More than 100 pullers took part in the recent 7th Shanghai Arm Wrestling Open, which calls itself the first in China under the auspices of the Professional Armwrestling League's international ranking system. MATTHEW KNIGHT / AFP

[OPINION] Part 2 | Road to damnation through Chinese-funded dams

Apr 13, 2019 - 9:00 AM

We predict that future administrations will have to cancel the Kaliwa and Chico projects and default on the Chinese loans, which will result in the Philippines being sued by China in arbitration proceedings that have been designed to favor the creditor

Spratlys part of China territory? Malacañang reminds Beijing of Hague ruling

Apr 12, 2019 - 9:59 PM

'China should avoid performing acts that will place at risk the Filipino fishermen fishing in the disputed areas,' says Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo

6 killed as train derails, hits house in China

Apr 12, 2019 - 4:52 PM

At around 10:00 pm on Wednesday, April 10, the 25-car train derailed from an escape siding and overturned, hitting a house in Gongyi, Henan province in China

China defends exit ban on human rights lawyer

Apr 11, 2019 - 10:08 PM

The US State Department says it was 'disturbed' by the move and urges China to 'respect [Chen Jiangang]'s freedom of movement'

Beijing Capital Airport image via B.Zhou/Shutterstock

'Cured' Dalai Lama set to be discharged from hospital on April 12

Apr 11, 2019 - 11:18 AM

(UPDATED) 'Generally, his holiness is fine. He is doing very well. Still on medication but he is doing very well and will be discharged,' says Tenzin Taklha, the Dalai Lama's personal spokesman

CURED. File photo of Dalai Lama at a function in Dharamsala, India on October 10, 2015. File Photo by AFP.

China calls Taiwan flight a 'routine exercise'

Apr 10, 2019 - 11:53 PM

State-run China Daily says the fly-by was part of a planned routine exercise by the People's Liberation Army

Philippines' Darren Espanto to guest on China's 'Singer 2019'

Apr 10, 2019 - 8:14 PM

The episode will air in China on April 12

SINGER 2019. Young Filipino singer Darren Espanto will be guesting during the finals of the popular Chinese show. Photo from Star Magic's Instagram

Vietnam 'quietly upgrades' facilities in West Philippine Sea

Apr 10, 2019 - 4:40 PM

(UPDATED) Vietnam is not 'facing the same reaction from China's maritime militia forces as the Philippines recently has,' says the Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative

VIETNAM UPGRADES. Vietnam is quietly upgrading its facilities in the Spratly Islands, says the Washington-based Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative of the Center for Strategic and International Studies. Photo courtesy of AMTI/CSIS/DigitalGlobe

China and North Korea open new border crossing

Apr 10, 2019 - 3:01 PM

The new highway border crossing opens in the northeastern city of Ji'an on Monday, April 8, complementing its 3 existing ports with the North, the city says in a statement

BORDER CROSSING. This photo taken on April 8, 2019 shows a tour bus driving past the border between China and North Korea as it makes its way to North Korea, in Ji'an in China's northeastern Jilin province. Photo by AFP

Duterte critics lead Day of Valor rally vs China

Apr 09, 2019 - 4:59 PM

On Araw ng Kagitingan, protesters say the Philippines needs a leader who is brave, not macho, in defending the country's rights in the West Philippine Sea

ARAW NG KAGITINGAN. Critics of President Rodrigo Duterte, including opposition senatorial bets Chel Diokno and Neri Colmenares, stage a protest against China in front of the Chinese consulate in Makati City on Araw ng Kagitingan, April 9, 2019. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

School in China using attention-monitoring headband for students – report

Apr 08, 2019 - 5:55 PM

Teachers can track attention levels of their students in real-time through an app and know immediately who’s engaged and who’s not

FOCUS 1. The Focus 1 headband is able to monitor brain activity levels, and is made by US-based BrainCo. Photo from BrainCo

Malaysian golfer Arie Irawan dead at 28

Apr 08, 2019 - 11:55 AM

Irawan was competing in the Sanya Championship in China before he was found dead in his hotel room

GONE TOO SOON. Early indications show Arie Irawan's death was from natural causes. Photo by Mohd Rasfan/AFP

Recto: Investigate sand extraction attempts in PH

Apr 06, 2019 - 7:03 PM

Senate President Pro Tempore Ralph Recto says the government should review its policies on sand and gravel quarrying

De Lima: PH now 'stripped naked of ICC protection' vs Duterte, China

Apr 06, 2019 - 4:28 PM

'As sure as anything, Duterte will continue to commit crimes against humanity on his countrymen, and China will continue to commit acts of aggression against Filipino fisherfolks,' says Senator Leila de Lima

China's President Xi Jinping (R) and Philippines' President Rodrigo Duterte waves to members of the media after inspecting the honour guard during a welcoming ceremony at the Malacanang palace grounds in Manila on November 20, 2018. - Chinese President Xi Jinping called his visit on November 20 to long-time US ally the Philippines a "milestone", as he aimed to boost blossoming ties on the promise of billions of dollars in backing for mega-projects. (Photo by Ted ALJIBE / AFP)

China to close industrial park where deadly blast killed 78

Apr 06, 2019 - 12:18 PM

China's Jiangsu province will also begin closing chemical plants, with the number of producers to be cut roughly in half by 2020

DEADLY BLAST. This file picture taken on March 21, 2019 shows fire and smoke rising at an explosion site in Yancheng in China's eastern Jiangsu province. Photo by STR/AFP

Only 2 in 10 Filipinos believe China has good intentions for PH

Apr 06, 2019 - 10:34 AM

Respondents of the Social Weather Stations survey are asked whether they agree or disagree with the statement, 'Most of what the Chinese government wants to happen in the Philippines is good for the Filipinos'

XI AND DUTERTE. Chinese President Xi Jinping and President Rodrigo Duterte on November 20, 2018. Screengrab from RTVM

Pompeo says Trump resort arrest shows China's threat

Apr 06, 2019 - 9:18 AM

There is still no evidence presented publicly that the Chinese woman was sent by the Chinese government

Duterte: 'Compromise' needed to deal with Chinese ships near Pag-asa

Apr 04, 2019 - 10:33 PM

(UPDATED) The Philippine President declares he won't allow China to 'occupy' Pag-asa Island

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and President Xi Jinping of People's Republic of China declare their joint press statements following the successful expanded bilateral meeting at the Malacañan Palace on November 20, 2018. Malacanang Photo

Philippines says Chinese ships near Pag-asa Island 'illegal'

Apr 04, 2019 - 2:45 PM

'Such actions when not repudiated by the Chinese government are deemed to have been adopted by it,' says the Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs

CHINESE SHIPS. The Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative (AMTI) of the Washington-based Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) monitors dozens of Chinese vessels near Pag-asa Island (Thitu Island) after the Philippines begins constructing there. Photo courtesy of CSIS/AMTI/DigitalGlobe

3 detained over China chemical blast that killed 78

Apr 03, 2019 - 9:45 PM

Three employees from Jiangsu Tianjiayi Chemical, whose facility was involved in the blast, had 'significant responsibility' for the accident, according to a statement on the Yancheng government's official Weibo account

CHEMICAL BLAST. This file picture taken on March 21, 2019 shows fire and smoke rising at an explosion site in Yancheng in China's eastern Jiangsu province. Photo by AFP

[ANALYSIS] 6 economic issues senatorial bets ought to be talking about

Apr 03, 2019 - 5:00 PM

Here’s a suggestion: if a candidate can’t be bothered to show up in debates and lay bare their ideas for all to see, let’s not vote for him or her

Knife attacker kills 2 at primary school in China

Apr 03, 2019 - 4:37 PM

Police detain a 31-year-old male suspect, surnamed Zheng, from the town of Baijiapingzhen, where the primary school is located

Chinese firefighters contain forest fire after 30 dead

Apr 02, 2019 - 5:34 PM

The blaze is contained around midday on April 2, though some areas are still burning, says Wu Song, county chief of Muli, according to Xinhua

RESCUING FIREFIGHTERS. Chinese soldiers board on a helicopter in Chengdu in China's southwestern Sichuan province on April 1, 2019, as they prepare to rescue firefighters trapped by a forest blaze in Muli County. Photo by AFP

Poe: Release 'made in China' loan contracts in full for public scrutiny

Apr 02, 2019 - 5:05 PM

(UPDATED) 'We can begin the review process by releasing in full the loan agreements, including annexes and minutes of the meeting of the reviewing and approving bodies,' says reelectionist senator Grace Poe

RELEASE DOCUMENTS. Reelectionist senator Grace Poe calls for a review of China loan agreement documents. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Fearing default on China loans? You have 'no faith' in PH – Dominguez

Apr 02, 2019 - 4:05 PM

'The Philippines has no history of defaulting on its loans. So why are people saying now that we will default? They have no faith in the Philippines?' says Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III

Locsin: I 'fired off salvo of diplomatic notes' vs China

Apr 02, 2019 - 3:40 PM

But asked if the supposed diplomatic protest against China will be made public, Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr says, 'No way, José'

DIPLOMATIC NOTES. Foreign Secretary Teodoro 'Teddyboy' Locsin Jr says he has filed diplomatic notes against China over Chinese vessels near Pag-asa Island. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Powerhouses Mongolia, China join PH in 1st Chooks 3X3 Super Quest

Apr 02, 2019 - 3:14 PM

The inaugural Chooks-to-Go 3X3 Asia-Pacific Super Quest will kick off on Saturday, April 6

INTERNATIONAL. Joshua Munzon takes his talents against international powerhouses. Photo from release.

FALSE: Panelo's claim that China's environmental damage not in Hague ruling

Apr 02, 2019 - 2:56 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte's legal counsel has apparently not read the line in the historic decision that says China 'caused severe harm to the coral reef environment' and allowed its fishermen to take endangered species

30 firefighters die battling China forest fire

Apr 01, 2019 - 9:17 PM

The firefighters die tackling a forest fire in remote mountains in China's Sichuan province

Panelo changes tune on loans: From 'no say' to 'equal footing' with China

Apr 01, 2019 - 7:20 PM

A week ago, Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo had said the Philippines had no say in the loan agreements with China as it is merely a borrower

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte greets Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines Zhao Jianhua on the sidelines of the International Department of the Communist Party of China Central Committee head Song Tao's courtesy call on the President at Matina Enclaves in Davao City on March 27, 2019. RICHARD MADELO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

New Zealand PM touts 'important' China ties amid Huawei spat

Apr 01, 2019 - 4:36 PM

Ardern says her visit to Beijing aims to 'underline the importance' she placed on ties with China – New Zealand's largest trading partner

ARDERN AND KEQIANG. New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern (L) listens to Chinese Premier Li Keqiang (R) during a signing ceremony after their meeting at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on April 1, 2019. Photo by Laurent Fievet and Naohiko Hatta/AFP)

China lists fentanyl as controlled substance in U.S. gesture

Apr 01, 2019 - 4:22 PM

China is suspected of being the main source of a painkiller 50 times stronger than heroin that has caused record overdose deaths in the United States

Panelo to 'politely ask' China envoy to stop deploying ships near Pag-asa

Apr 01, 2019 - 2:10 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte's spokesman also says the Philippines has filed a diplomatic protest about the Chinese vessels, but no details are provided

President Rodrigo Duterte chats with Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo after the 5th Cabinet meeting in Malacañan’s State Dining Room on August 22. KING RODRIGUEZ/PPD