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Tesla recalls more than 14,000 cars in China over Takata airbags

Jan 18, 2019 - 2:20 PM

The affected vehicles in China are Model S cars made between February 2014 and December 2016, the State Administration of Market Regulation says

U.S. officials consider lifting China tariffs – report

Jan 18, 2019 - 8:59 AM

American and Chinese trade officials have until March 1 to resolve their trade war, to prevent a sharp increase in punitive US duties on $200 billion in Chinese goods

Recto seeks Senate probe into DILG's China-funded CCTV project

Jan 17, 2019 - 6:20 PM

Senate President Pro Tempore Ralph Recto says there is 'mounting concern' that China may be using Huawei as a 'proxy' in intelligence operations

CONCERNS OVER SAFE PHILIPPINES PROJECT. Senate President Pro Tempore Ralph Recto raises serious concerns over the DILG's Safe Philippines project to be carried out with funding from China. Photo from the Facebook page of Senator Ralph Recto

Key dates in China-Canada Huawei spat

Jan 17, 2019 - 1:51 PM

Here are the key dates since the arrest of Huawei's chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou

Huawei photo from Shutterstock. Meng Wanzhou photo from Huawei website

China takes lead in some military tech, says Pentagon study

Jan 16, 2019 - 11:46 PM

A report entitled 'China Military Power' says because of its 'multifaceted approach to technology acquisition' the People's Liberation Army is 'on the verge of fielding some of the most modern weapon systems in the world'

A Chinese J-20 stealth fighter performs at the Airshow China 2018 in Zhuhai in southern China's Guangdong province on November 6, 2018.  WANG ZHAO / AFP

Canada asks China clemency for convicted drug trafficker

Jan 16, 2019 - 11:45 AM

The timing and swiftness of Robert Lloyd Schellenberg's sentence, and the inclusion of new evidence, raise suspicion among observers

REQUEST FOR CLEMENCY. Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland says they have already spoken with China's ambassador to Canada and 'requested clemency' for Robert Lloyd Schellenberg. File photo from the Twitter account of Chrystia Freeland

China, Canada diplomatic row escalates with death sentence

Jan 15, 2019 - 2:19 PM

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau expresses 'extreme concern' that China has 'chosen to arbitrarily' apply the death penalty

SENTENCING. This photograph taken and released by the Intermediate Peoples' Court of Dalian on January 14, 2019, shows Canadian Robert Lloyd Schellenberg (C) during his retrial on drug trafficking charges in the court in Dalian in China's northeast Liaoning province. Handout photo/AFP

Chinese court sentences Canadian drug suspect to death

Jan 14, 2019 - 9:50 PM

'The court completely rejects the accused person's explanation and defense because it is completely at odds with the facts,' says the chief judge

Chinese police patrol in front of the Canadian embassy in Beijing on December 14, 2018. China confirmed on December 13 that two Canadians are under investigation on suspicion of endangering the country's national security, fuelling tensions after Canada's arrest of a top Chinese telecom executive on a US request. GREG BAKER / AFP

Dennis Uy's Phoenix Petroleum, China's CNOOC get nod for LNG terminal

Jan 14, 2019 - 8:00 PM

The Department of Energy grants Tanglawan Philippines LNG Incorporated the notice to proceed to build a liquefied natural gas terminal in Batangas

GRANTED. The Department of Energy grants the joint venture of Dennis Uy and China's CNOOC the notice to proceed to build an LNG facility. Rappler file photos

Canadian risks harsher sentence at China drug retrial

Jan 14, 2019 - 10:11 AM

Robert Lloyd Schellenberg, originally sentenced to 15 years in prison and a 150,000 yuan ($22,000) forfeiture, could now potentially face the death penalty under China's zero-tolerance drug laws

About to adjourn, Senate yet to probe China deals, other controversial contracts

Jan 14, 2019 - 10:11 AM

The Senate has only 35 days if it wants to initiate investigations into contracts bagged by relatives of Solicitor General Jose Calida and former presidential assistant Bong Go

Senate: Plenary Session. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Death toll in China mining accident rises to 21

Jan 13, 2019 - 10:48 AM

(UPDATED) Rescuers find the last 2 remaining trapped miners dead inside the coal mine

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China's Huawei 'fires' employee arrested in Poland

Jan 12, 2019 - 10:22 PM

Citing management rules in company contracts, Huawei says it 'has decided to immediately terminate its employer relationship with Wang Weijing'

HUAWEI. In this file photo taken on July 8, 2018, a woman uses her mobile phone in front of a Huawei logo at Beijing International Consumer Electronics Expo in Beijing. Photo by Wang Zhao/AFP

Azkals stumble to China: Lessons to be learned

Jan 12, 2019 - 1:39 PM

The Philippines is no match for Marcelo Lippi's China. Is there hope against Kyrgyzstan?

MORE DEPTH. The Philippine Azkals need at least a couple more European-bred centerbacks like Alvaro Silva. Photo by Khaled Desouki/AFP

China seeks consular access for Huawei employee arrested in Poland

Jan 12, 2019 - 11:59 AM

Citing China's foreign ministry of affairs, state broadcaster CCTV said Beijing is "closely following" the detention of Wang Weijing and has asked to arrange a consular visit "as soon as possible."

HUAWEI. An attendee walk by the Huawei booth at CES 2019 at the Las Vegas Convention Center on January 8, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Photo by David Becker/Getty Images/AFP

Azkals coach Sven cancels dinner as China punishes PH

Jan 12, 2019 - 9:34 AM

'We paid a heavy price but we are not home yet. We still have hope – but small hope, probably,' says coach Sven-Goran Eriksson as his Azkals bow to China

OVERWHELMED. China proves too much for Stephan Schrock and the Philippine Azkals. Photo by Khaled Desouki/AFP

Azkals fall to China as Wu Lei scores brace

Jan 11, 2019 - 11:27 PM

The Philippine Azkals absorb their second straight loss in the 2019 Asian Cup

TOUGH SITUATION. Philippines' midfielder Kevin Ingreso (C) marks China's midfielder Hao Junmin (R) as the Azkals pick up another loss. Photo by Khaled DESOUKI / AFP

China's moon rover prepares for a rough ride on the dark side

Jan 11, 2019 - 10:39 PM

The mission's first panoramic image of its landing site shows the grey moonscape it is exploring and the track marks left by the rover in the lunar soil

This picture released on January 11, 2019 by the China National Space Administration (CNSA) via CNS shows a 360 degree panoramic image made by China's Chang'e-4 lunar probe on the far side of the moon. China's lunar probe has sent the first panoramic image of its landing site since its historic arrival on the far side of the moon, showing the cratered landscape it is exploring. China National Space Administration (CNSA) via CNS / AFP

Azkals not banking on familiarity against China

Jan 11, 2019 - 11:39 AM

Sven-Göran Eriksson may be all too familiar with Chinese football, but the Azkals coach says it’s just a 'little advantage'

FAMILIARITY. Javier Patiño carries experience from his three years in the Chinese Super League. Photo by Pam Puri

HIGHLIGHTS: Philippines vs China – Asian Cup 2019

Jan 10, 2019 - 9:02 PM

The Philippine Azkals look to continue their surprising Asian Cup run against China

China's Xi hopes U.S., North Korea will 'meet halfway'

Jan 10, 2019 - 8:29 AM

(3rd UPDATE) President Xi Jinping says China 'supports the DPRK and the United States holding summits and achieving results'

US-NORTH KOREA TALKS. US President Donald Trump (R) gestures as he meets with North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un (L) at the start of their historic US-North Korea summit, at the Capella Hotel on Sentosa island in Singapore on June 12, 2018. File photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

China faces attacking crisis ahead of Asian Cup match vs Azkals

Jan 09, 2019 - 7:19 PM

Coach Marcello Lippi says China is 'not certain' if injured star Wu Lei will suit up against the Philippines

INJURY WOES. China's Wu Lei is suspected of suffering from a collarbone injury after the opening game against Kyrgyzstan. Photo from AFC Asian Cup website

U.S.-China trade talks spill into third day

Jan 09, 2019 - 1:28 PM

An American delegation has been in Beijing since January 7, for the first sit-down talks since Donald Trump and Xi Jinping agreed to a 3-month truce on December 1

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

Factory tour for North Korea's Kim on secretive Beijing visit

Jan 09, 2019 - 12:45 PM

The unannounced trip has been largely shrouded in secrecy. Beyond confirming Kim Jong-un's presence in Beijing, there has been no detail provided from either the North Korean or Chinese side on his schedule.

BEIJING VISIT. This picture taken on April 9, 2018 and released by North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on April 10 shows North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. KCNA VIA KNS/AFP

Attacker wounds 20 children at Beijing school

Jan 08, 2019 - 6:23 PM

A male suspect using a hammer is brought 'under control' and the wounded pupils are admitted to hospital

Police investigators carry bags of evidence out of an elementary school where an attack took place in Beijing on January 8, 2019. Twenty children were wounded in an attack at the elementary school in Beijing on January 8 with three suffering serious injuries, local authorities said. GREG BAKER / AFP

Malaysia probes claim China offered to bail out 1MDB

Jan 08, 2019 - 3:50 PM

The Wall Street Journal reports Chinese officials offered in 2016 to help bail out the debt-mired 1MDB, and said they would try to use their influence to get countries to drop investigations into the case

1MDB. A motorist rides past a hoarding at the construction site of the 1 Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) flagship Tun Razak Exchange in Kuala Lumpur on July 8, 2015. File photo by Manan Vatsayana/AFP

Trudeau, Trump denounce China's 'arbitrary detention' of Canadians

Jan 08, 2019 - 8:26 AM

Though no link has been officially made, the arrests are thought to be in retaliation for Canada's December 1 arrest of Meng Wanzhou, a top executive at Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei

US AND CANADA. In this file photo, Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau (R) speaks with U.S. President Donald Trump during the G7 official welcome at Le Manoir Richelieu on day one of the G7 meeting on June 8, 2018 in Quebec City, Canada. File photo by Leon Neal/Getty Images/AFP

North Korea's Kim visits China ahead of expected Trump summit

Jan 08, 2019 - 8:03 AM

(UPDATED) The trip is at Xi Jinping's invitation and is set to run until January 10

ANOTHER MEETING. This file photo from North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) taken on May 7, 2018 and released on May 9 shows North Korean leader Kim Jong Un (L) talking to China's President Xi Jinping (R) during a banquet in the Chinese city of Dalian. AFP PHOTO/KCNA VIA KNS

U.S. negotiators in Beijing for trade war talks

Jan 07, 2019 - 9:52 AM

The American delegation in Beijing includes officials from the Treasury, Commerce, Agriculture and Energy departments

TRADE WAR TALKS. Deputy US Trade Representative Jeffrey Gerrish (C) leaves a hotel with his negotiation team in Beijing on January 7, 2019. Photo by Wang Zhao/AFP

In space, the U.S. sees a rival in China

Jan 06, 2019 - 9:33 AM

China launches more rockets into space than any other country, with 39 last year compared to 31 by the US, 20 by Russia, and 8 by Europe

SPACE RACE. his file picture taken early on December 8, 2018 shows a Long March 3B rocket, transporting the Chang'e-4 lunar rover, lifting off from the Xichang launch center in Xichang in China's southwestern Sichuan province. Photo by STR/AFPChina OUT

Democratic allies should rally to protect Taiwan from China, says Tsai

Jan 05, 2019 - 4:53 PM

(UPDATED) Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen accuses China of waging a 'deliberate campaign' to undermine the island's democracy by refusing to talk to her government

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

Will China's moon landing launch a new space race?

Jan 05, 2019 - 1:00 PM

Because of the secrecy that surrounds many aspects of the Chinese space program, its exact capabilities are unknown. However, the program is likely on par with its counterparts.


Chinese rover 'Jade Rabbit' drives on far side of the moon

Jan 04, 2019 - 8:31 PM

'Although this was one small step for the rover, I think it is one big step for the Chinese people,' says the chief designer of China's lunar project

This screen grab taken from a CCTV footage shows a photo of the Jade Rabbit moon rover taken by the Chang'e-3 probe lander on December 15, 2013. China's Jade Rabbit rover vehicle sent back photos from the moon after the first lunar soft landing in nearly four decades marked a huge advance in the country's ambitious space programme. The Yutu, or Jade Rabbit, was deployed at 4:35 am (2035 GMT Saturday), several hours after the Chang'e-3 probe landed on the moon, said the official news agency Xinhua. CHINA OUT AFP PHOTO / CCTV ----EDITORS NOTE---- RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / CCTV " - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS CCTV / AFP

Why is the world silent on China’s Uyghur Muslims?

Jan 04, 2019 - 6:00 PM

Protesting against China over the treatment of its minority is, in the eyes of Muslim leaders, presumably not worth the loss of economic privilege and security alliance

13 Canadians held in China since arrest of Huawei executive

Jan 04, 2019 - 5:57 PM

Some believe the detentions of Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor are in retaliation to the arrest in Vancouver of Huawei's Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou

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U.S. team to visit China for trade talks

Jan 04, 2019 - 11:19 AM

Word of the meeting on January 7 and 8 follows small signs of progress while the two sides work to ease trade tensions by March 1

China executes serial killer dubbed 'Jack the Ripper'

Jan 03, 2019 - 6:47 PM

The serial killer dubbed China's 'Jack the Ripper' for the way he mutilated his female victims is executed 3 decades after the first murder

SERIAL KILLER. This photo taken on March 30, 2018 shows Gao Chengyong (center) in the Baiyin Intermediate People's Court in Baiyin in China's northwestern Gansu province. AFP Photo

Eyeing China, U.S. to hold missile drill in Japan's Okinawa – report

Jan 03, 2019 - 1:07 PM

The US military has told its Japanese counterpart it plans to deploy surface-to-ship missiles in the strategically important Okinawa this year for the first such drill by Japan's key ally

DRILLS. In this file photo, US aircraft carrier USS George Washington leads a US guided missile cruiser and 3 Japanese destroyers during the Keen Sword US-Japan military exercises in the Pacific Ocean, December 10, 2010. File photo by Shigeki Miyajima/Pool/AFP

China lands probe on far side of moon – state TV

Jan 03, 2019 - 12:45 PM

The probe lands at 10:26 am Beijing time and relays a photo of the 'dark side' of the moon to the Queqiao satellite, which will relay communications between controllers on Earth and the far side of the moon

CHANG’E-4. China's Chang'e-4 lunar rover lands on the far side of the moon on January 3, 2019, the first probe to do so, state broadcaster CCTV reported. File photo by STR/AFP

Apple cuts outlook, sees 'challenges' in China, emerging markets

Jan 03, 2019 - 7:35 AM

The company slashes its revenue guidance for the first fiscal quarter of 2019, ended December 29, to $84 billion – sharply lower than analyst forecasts averaging $91 billion

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

1 dead, 10 missing after cargo ship sinks off China

Jan 02, 2019 - 11:27 PM

Four people have been rescued so far out of the 15 people on board the sunken freighter

Qatar Airways buys 5% stake in China Southern Airlines

Jan 02, 2019 - 11:15 PM

The deal is part of Qatar Airways' strategy to 'invest in the strongest airlines around the world'

QATAR AIRWAYS. A visitor walks past a likeness of a Qatar Airways Airbus A-380 at the International Tourism Trade Fair in Berlin on March 7, 2018. Photo by John Macdougall/AFP

Taiwan reunification with China 'inevitable' – Xi

Jan 02, 2019 - 2:58 PM

(UPDATED) President Tsai Ing-wen warns Beijing that Taiwan's people would never give up the kind of freedoms unseen on the authoritarian mainland.

SOVEREIGN. Taiwan considers itself a sovereign state, with its own currency, political and judicial systems, but has never declared formal independence from the mainland. File photo by Mandy Cheng/AFP

China will not 'give up use of military force' over Taiwan – Xi

Jan 02, 2019 - 11:46 AM

President Xi Jinping insists that the island be reunified with the mainland

Chinese President Xi Jinping speaks during a joint press statement with Philippines' President Rodrigo Duterte at the Malacanang Presidential Palace 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 Mark Cristino/Pool/AFP

Hong Kong democracy camp kicks off 2019 with protests

Jan 01, 2019 - 6:18 PM

(UPDATED) Concern is growing that rights including freedom of expression and the press are being eroded by an increasingly assertive China ruled by President Xi Jinping

PROTEST. Pro-independence activists Wayne Chan (L) and former lawmaker Baggio Leung (C) chant slogans during the annual New Year's Day pro-democracy rally in Hong Kong on January 1, 2019. Photo by Philip Fong/AFP

China taking advantage of Taiwan's openness, warns Tsai

Jan 01, 2019 - 1:19 PM

President Tsai Ing-wen says there is a need to 'understand and face the reality that both sides are fundamentally different in their values, lifestyles, and political system'

BEWARE. President Tsai Ing-wen warns Taiwan against the possibility of China taking advantage of its democratic openness. File photo by Mandy Cheng/AFP

Taiwan rebuffs China tourist snub with record 2018 arrivals

Dec 31, 2018 - 2:37 PM

The 11 millionth visitor, a Japanese doctor, arrived Sunday, December 30 in what Taiwan's tourism bureau described as 'a new landmark'

GAINS. Despite China staying away, Taipei sees a boost in tourism. File photo by Mandy Cheng/AFP

Hong Kong rounds out worst year since 2011 with gains

Dec 31, 2018 - 12:42 PM

Analysts welcome the apparent progress, following a torrid time for equities which have also been unnerved by fears over slowing global growth, a partial US government shutdown, US Federal Reserve interest rates hikes and Trump's attacks on the central bank

MARKET. Washington and Beijing imposed tit-for-tat tariffs on more than $300 billion worth of goods in total two-way trade earlier this year. File photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP

Xi says China, U.S. want 'stable progress' on ties in Trump call – Xinhua

Dec 30, 2018 - 7:37 AM

Chinese President Xi Jinping expresses hope that 'both teams can meet each other halfway and reach an agreement beneficial to both countries and the world as early as possible,' reports Chinese state-run news agency Xinhua

FIRST MEETING. File photo shows US President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping during dinner at the Mar-a-Lago estate in West Palm Beach, Florida, on April 6, 2017. File photo by Jim Watson/AFP

Chinese firms offer subsidies on Huawei phones in show of support

Dec 29, 2018 - 7:38 PM

Several companies are offering employees subsidies for Huawei phone purchases, while others have even warned staff against buying Apple products

SUPPORTING HUAWEI. Pedestrians walk past a Huawei store in Beijing on December 28, 2018. Photo by Wang Zhao/AFP