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Choose U.S. or China? Carpio offers 3rd way

Feb 28, 2020 - 4:06 PM

Terminating the Visiting Forces Agreement will make the PH-US Mutual Defense Treaty and the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement useless, says retired justice Antonio Carpio

Terminating the Visiting Forces Agreement will make the MDT hollow and EDCA useless, says former Supreme Court Justice Antonio Carpio  Photo by Carmela Fonbuena

Hong Kong media tycoon Jimmy Lai arrested over pro-democracy rally

Feb 28, 2020 - 2:58 PM

Hong Kong police say they also arrested and charged along with Lai, veteran pro-democracy activists Lee Cheuk Yan and Yeung Sum

ARRESTED. This photograph taken on June 19, 2015 shows media tycoon Jimmy Lai gesturing during an interview in Hong Kong. Photo by Philippe Lopez/AFP

U.S. professor charged with hiding link to China on NASA-funded project

Feb 28, 2020 - 11:21 AM

The US Justice Department is taking aim at a number of Chinese nationals for allegedly stealing industrial and other secrets to boost China's economy and defense sectors

LOGO. The NASA logo is displayed at the agency's booth during CES 2018 at the Las Vegas Convention Center on January 11, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images/AFP

China reports 44 new virus deaths, lowest rise in new cases in over a month

Feb 28, 2020 - 10:34 AM

The general decline in new infections in China comes as infections in other countries gather pace

DISINFECT. A man (L) who has recovered from the COVID-19 coronavirus infection is being disinfected by medical staff before leaving the hospital in Wuhan in China's central Hubei province. Photo by STR/AFP

Foreign firms in China forecast revenue drop due to virus

Feb 27, 2020 - 8:00 PM

The firms cite a drop in demand for products and services, staff shortages, and logistics disruptions caused by the novel coronavirus outbreak

A man wearing a protective facemask walks outside a nearly empty shopping mall at lunch time in Beijing on February 22, 2020. - Fears mounted on February 22 over the growing spread of infections outside China from the new coronavirus outbreak, as the World Health Organization warned of a shrinking window to stem the spread of the deadly disease. (Photo by NICOLAS ASFOURI / AFP)

FALSE: 'Grasshopper invasion' reaches China

Feb 27, 2020 - 7:15 PM

The post uses photos from locust outbreaks that occurred in the past, and none of them are taken in China

Taiwan accuses mainland Chinese trolls of sowing virus panic

Feb 27, 2020 - 4:05 PM

'We suspect that mainland Chinese Internet trolls are making up and spreading the false messages based on the content and the phrases,' says Taiwan's Investigation Bureau

This photo taken on February 23, 2020 shows Taiwan flags hung along a street in the Chinatown district in Yokohama. Japan has more than 130 cases of the COVID-19 coronavirus and four have died. Three of those deaths were passengers who had been on the cruise ship Diamond Princess, quarantined off in Yokohama, where the number of infections is now at 630. Philip FONG / AFP

China reports 29 more coronavirus deaths, lowest since January

Feb 27, 2020 - 10:25 AM

There are now nearly 78,500 cases in total

WORKING. A man who has displayed mild symptoms of COVID-19 using a laptop at an exhibition center converted into a hospital in Wuhan in China's central Hubei province. Photo by STR/AFP

Uighur activists say coronavirus measures causing hunger

Feb 27, 2020 - 8:22 AM

In one video believed to have been shot last week, a man is heard shouting at officials, 'I'm starving. My wife and children are starving.'

UIGHUR MUSLIMS. A child of unknown nationality, believed to be of Uighur minority from troubled western region of China, sits in a police truck. Photo by Phuchiss Pirunla Ong/EPA

Scramble to contain coronavirus as infections spread in Europe

Feb 26, 2020 - 11:17 PM

New cases linked to Italy have emerged in several countries in Europe and beyond, amid warnings from health experts that nations are not ready to contain a global outbreak

Beijing orders quarantine for foreign arrivals from virus-hit areas

Feb 26, 2020 - 8:27 PM

Beijing has criticized countries for imposing bans on arrivals from China over the epidemic, which has killed more than 2,700 people and infected some 78,000

BEIJING ARRIVALS. This picture taken on February 3, 2020 shows police officers wearing protective face masks at Beijing's Capital International Airport in Beijing. File photo by Nicolas Asfouri/AFP

14% of virus patients discharged in China's Guangdong re-test positive

Feb 26, 2020 - 4:03 PM

The findings suggest that people who recovered from COVID-19 may have to be monitored for an extended period even after they have tested negative for the virus twice

This photo taken on February 11, 2020 shows medical staff members (R) collecting samples from Chinese paramilitary police officers to be tested for the COVID-19 coronavirus as he returns from holidays in Shenzhen in China's southern Guangdong province. The number of fatalities from China's new coronavirus epidemic jumped to 1,113 nationwide on February 12 after another 97 deaths were reported by the national health commission. STR / AFP

China reports 52 more virus deaths, lowest in 3 weeks

Feb 26, 2020 - 10:17 AM

But the disease has now reached dozens of countries

MAKESHIFT. Medical staff work at an exhibition center converted into a hospital in Wuhan in China's central Hubei province. Photo by STR/AFP

China quarantines 94 people on Seoul flight after 3 show fever

Feb 26, 2020 - 9:53 AM

None of the 3 people with fevers have any history of travel to Wuhan

PLANE. Medical personnel in protective gear serve breakfast and check for signs of fever among passengers inside a charter plane on their way back from Japan to Canadian Forces Base Trenton on February 20, 2020. Photo by Lolita Wiesner/AFP

Coronavirus fears loom over giant U.S. toy show

Feb 25, 2020 - 5:40 PM

China manufactures about 85% of United States toys, and there is widespread worry in the industry over the novel coronavirus outbreak

Toys of the company American Plastic Toys Inc are on display during the annual New York Toy Fair, at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center on February 16 in New York City. (Photo by Johannes EISELE / AFP)

China sentences Swedish bookseller Gui Minhai to 10 years

Feb 25, 2020 - 11:35 AM

Gui is one of 5 Hong Kong-based booksellers known for publishing salacious titles about Chinese political leaders

GUI MINHAI. Placards showing missing bookseller Lee Bo (L) and his associate Gui Minhai (R) are seen left by members of the Civic party outside the China liaison office in Hong Kong on January 19, 2016. File photo by Philippe Lopez/AFP

China reports 71 more coronavirus deaths

Feb 25, 2020 - 9:33 AM

A WHO expert warns of outbreaks in other countries 'increasing at exponential growth rates'

FAMILY. A mother adjusts her child's protective mask to help stop the spread of the deadly virus. Photo by Nicolas Asfouri/AFP

Expelled Wall Street Journal reporters leave China after headline row

Feb 24, 2020 - 10:00 PM

China says the opinion piece – headlined 'China is the Real Sick Man of Asia' – is 'racially discriminatory,' and as the newspaper won't apologize, the 3 China-based reporters have their press cards revoked

EXPELLED. Wall Street Journal reporters Josh Chin (R) and Philip Wen walk through Beijing Capital Airport before their departure on February 24, 2020. Photo by  Greg Baker/AFP

Most small firms in China yet to reopen after virus outbreak

Feb 24, 2020 - 10:00 PM

Small and medium-sized businesses account for around 60% of China's economy, and the crucial sector is reeling from the impact of the global public health crisis

This photo taken on February 20, 2020 shows a lone man eating in a restaurant where all but one of the tables has been pushed to the walls in Beijing. - Restaurants are taking a huge hit as many people across the country of 1.4 billion have been either under some form of quarantine or are reluctant to venture outside since late January over fears of contagion. (Photo by GREG BAKER / AFP) / TO GO WITH: China health virus economy food, FOCUS by Beiyi SEOW

China 'comprehensively bans' wildlife trade over virus

Feb 24, 2020 - 5:26 PM

The country's top legislative committee approves a proposal 'prohibiting the illegal wildlife trade, abolishing the bad habit of overconsumption of wildlife'

Wuhan scraps easing of quarantine hours after announcing it

Feb 24, 2020 - 4:17 PM

The city government says the previous announcement had been made by a traffic prevention and control group 'without the consent' of the local leadership

A WUHAN HOSPITAL. This photo taken on February 22, 2020 shows medical staff working at a hospital in Wuhan in China's central Hubei province. Photo by AFP

Locked-in Wuhan residents adapt to find food

Feb 24, 2020 - 4:03 PM

Residents in Wuhan face tightening controls over daily life as the death toll from the coronavirus reaches over 2,500 in China alone

WUHAN'S FOOD SITUATION. This photo taken on February 18, 2020 shows community staff members sorting food and daily necessities as they prepare to deliver for residents in Wuhan in China's central Hubei province. Photo by AFP

WHO experts visit Chinese virus epicenter

Feb 24, 2020 - 1:28 PM

The trip over the weekend is the first reported visit to Wuhan by the WHO since the virus emerged from the city of 11 million people late last year

DISINFECTION. This photo taken on February 22, 2020 shows a man (L) who has recovered from the COVID-19 coronavirus infection being disinfected by a medical staff before leaving the hospital in Wuhan in China's central Hubei province. Photo by AFP

South Korea on frontline as coronavirus spreads

Feb 24, 2020 - 12:50 PM

A rising number of new cases and deaths in other parts of the world deepen fears about a potential pandemic, with South Korea, Italy, and Iran emerging over the past week on the frontlines

MASKS ON. People wearing protective face masks walk on an overpass in Shanghai on February 24, 2020. Photo by Noel Celis/AFP

Virus-hit China postpones parliament for first time in decades

Feb 24, 2020 - 12:15 PM

(UPDATED) Much of China grinds to a halt in the battle against an outbreak that has infected nearly 80,000 people and claimed more than 2,500 lives

WHO tells world to brace for 'potential pandemic' as virus spreads

Feb 24, 2020 - 11:51 AM

(3rd UPDATE) The number of fatalities in China also continues to soar, with 150 more deaths taking the official toll to nearly 2,600

COVERED. This photo taken on February 5, 2020 shows a patient (R) covered with a bed sheet at an exhibition center converted into a hospital as it starts to accept patients displaying mild symptoms of the novel coronavirus in Wuhan in China's central Hubei province. Photo by STR/AFP

Xi says China facing 'big test' with virus, global impact spreads

Feb 24, 2020 - 10:02 AM

The virus has so far killed more than 2,400 people, with about 80,000 infected globally

SITTING. An elderly man wearing a face mask to protect against the COVID-19 coronavirus sits outside of his home in Beijing on February 23, 2020. Photo by Nicolas Asfouri/AFP

China's couriers take hands-off approach amid virus

Feb 23, 2020 - 11:05 PM

Gone is the routine hand-off to hungry customers – platforms have moved to 'contactless' delivery to guard against infection

This photo taken on February 19, 2020, motorcycle delivery worker Gao Yuchao, driving along to deliver goods ordered online along a street in Shanghai. - China's armies of racing, swerving motorcycle deliverymen have been hailed as saviours during the coronavirus crisis, keeping shut-in citizens fed and stocked up. But it come with major adjustments for couriers like Gao Yuchao. (Photo by NOEL CELIS / AFP) / TO GO WITH AFP STORY: China health virus food restaurants

Coronavirus is communist China's 'biggest health emergency' – Xi

Feb 23, 2020 - 9:35 PM

'This is a crisis for us and it is a big test,' says Xi Jinping, a rare acknowledgment by a Chinese leader

NOVEL CORONAVIRUS. Chinese President Xi jinping speaks World Health Organization director general Tedros Adhanom (not pictured) during their meeting at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on January 28, 2020, amid the outbreak of the 2019 novel coronavirus. Photo by Naohiko Hatta / AFP

China cracks down on cross-border crimes as POGOs thrive in PH

Feb 23, 2020 - 6:25 PM

There are reports that China has canceled the passports of thousands of Chinese working for Philippine offshore gaming operators

PAGE 2019 (the Phil-Asian Gaming Expo) at SMX Convention Center in Pasay on July 12-14, 2019. Photo by Rappler

China reports another 97 virus deaths, nearly 650 new cases

Feb 23, 2020 - 4:02 PM

China's death toll from the coronavirus epidemic rises to 2,442

COVID-19 RESPONSE. This photo taken on February 17, 2020 shows medical staff members working at an exhibition center converted into a hospital in Wuhan in China's central Hubei province. Photo from AFP

Chinese restaurants starved for cash as coronavirus hits industry

Feb 23, 2020 - 1:49 PM

Chinese restaurants suspend dine-ins to help curb the spread of the virus, while eateries that have resumed operations remain largely empty

BUSINESS HALT. A man wearing a protective facemask waits for customers at a restaurant in Beijing on February 21, 2020. Photo by Nicolas Asfouri/AFP

Woman with no COVID-19 symptoms infects 5 relatives – report

Feb 22, 2020 - 10:02 PM

The study by Chinese scientists indicate new challenges for containing the 2019 novel coronavirus

COVID-19. This photo taken on January 25, 2020 shows medical staff wearing protective clothing to protect against the deadly COVID-2019 coronavirus as they work at the Wuhan Red Cross Hospital in Wuhan. Photo by Hector Retamal / AFP

Exiled Dalai Lama marks 80 years as Tibet's spiritual leader

Feb 22, 2020 - 3:43 PM

His office says there would be no commemoration of the anniversary, and a teaching event scheduled for March has been canceled over coronavirus fears

Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama (C) waves to the crowd during the third day of a series of teachings in Bodhgaya on January 4, 2020. STR / AFP

Young Chinese doctor dies of novel coronavirus

Feb 21, 2020 - 7:48 PM

Peng Yinhua, a respiratory and critical illness doctor, had planned to get married during the Lunar New Year holiday, but postponed his wedding to help treat coronavirus patients

EMPTY. This photo taken on February 20, 2020 shows two staff members crossing an empty road as they deliver vegetables to a hospital in Wuhan in China's central Hubei province. AFP photo

China says coronavirus vaccine trials to start around late April

Feb 21, 2020 - 4:03 PM

Public and private researchers around the world have been working to develop treatments and vaccines to combat the COVID-19 virus that first emerged in central China in December

TRADITIONAL MEDICINE. This photo taken on February 20, 2020 shows a medical worker taking a prescription of traditional Chinese medicine at a hospital in Shenyang in China's northeastern Liaoning province. Photo by STR/AFP

The Chinese among us

Feb 21, 2020 - 11:00 AM

They can be crime suspects, victims, or complicit Filipinos

Nearly 900,000 pangolins trafficked in Southeast Asia – watchdog

Feb 21, 2020 - 10:01 AM

Over 96,000 kilograms (210,000 pounds) of the creatures' scales were also seized in Malaysia, Singapore, and Vietnam between 2017 and 2019 alone, the report says

RESCUED. A live Philippine pangolin has been turned over to the Department of Environment and Natural Resources Central Luzon. Photo by Christian Sarmiento

New virus outbreaks in China, abroad rekindle concerns

Feb 21, 2020 - 7:56 AM

(UPDATED) The number of deaths outside mainland China climb to 11

LIGHTS. Visitors wear face masks as they walk outside the Venetian casino hotel resort in Macau on January 22, 2020. Photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP

Upbeat Chinese FM says virus control efforts 'are working'

Feb 20, 2020 - 10:32 PM

Speaking in Laos before talks with peers from the 10 ASEAN countries, Wang Yi says the outbreak is 'controllable and curable' despite the global panic it has seeded

'PROTECTING THE WORLD.' In this file photo, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi addresses a joint press conference with the German foreign minister after talks on February 13, 2020, at the German Foreign Ministry's Villa Borsig in North Berlin. File photo by John MacDougall/AFP

China cuts loan rate as it battles coronavirus impact

Feb 20, 2020 - 9:20 PM

The reduction in China's loan prime rate is the latest measure to help companies struggling through the epidemic

Isolated, training in masks: coronavirus hits China's Olympic hopes

Feb 20, 2020 - 2:19 PM

The coronavirus outbreak hits a critical stage in the Chinese athletes' Olympic buildup

QUARANTINED. China’s football star Wang Shuang hasn’t been allowed to leave her home city of Wuhan. Photo by Pascal Guyot/AFP

China announces biggest drop in new virus cases in almost a month

Feb 20, 2020 - 11:33 AM

Outside of Hubei, the number of cases has been steadily falling

SIGN. A man wearing a protective face mask walks along a street in Wuhan on January 26, 2020, a city at the epicenter of a viral outbreak. Photo by Hector Retamal/AFP

[ANALYSIS] China's creeping influence in PH telco, electricity, water

Feb 20, 2020 - 11:30 AM

China’s creeping influence and encroachment in our vital infrastructure shows we ought to be extra careful especially where the nation’s security is at stake

Coronavirus brings 2 foes together, Japan and China

Feb 20, 2020 - 10:42 AM

Photos are seen online of Japanese pharmacies with signs saying 'Let's go, China!'

China's Hubei province reports 108 more virus deaths – official

Feb 20, 2020 - 9:09 AM

The number of new cases is sharply lower than the daily updates of recent weeks

FIGHT. A train attendant gestures to medical staff leaving for Wuhan in Nanchang, China's central Jiangxi province. Photo by STR/AFP

Benefits of China trade truce 'limited' – U.S. Fed officials

Feb 20, 2020 - 9:00 AM

United States Federal Reserve officials note the 'phase one' trade deal with China 'would still leave a large portion of the tariffs in place'

TRADE WAR. This photo taken on June 24, 2019, shows containers at the Qingdao Port Foreign Trade Container Terminal in Qingdao, China. File photo by AFP

Pompeo closes Africa tour with warning about China's 'empty promises'

Feb 19, 2020 - 7:43 PM

'Countries should be wary of authoritarian regimes with empty promises. They breed corruption, dependency,' says US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo

AFRICA TOUR. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo enters the plane before departing from the Addis Ababa Bole international Airport in Addis Ababa on February 19, 2020, as he travels to Saudi Arabia. Photo by Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/Pool/AFP

Coronavirus hits Adidas, Puma sales in China

Feb 19, 2020 - 6:15 PM

Sportswear giants Adidas and Puma say their sales have plunged in recent weeks due to store closures triggered by the novel coronavirus outbreak

TEMPORARY CLOSURES. A salesclerk, wearing a face mask, waits for customers in an empty Adidas shop in Beijing, China, on January 30, 2020. Photo by Nicolas Asfouri/AFP

Despite trade wars, Trump says U.S. 'open for business'

Feb 19, 2020 - 1:20 PM

'We don't want to make it impossible to do business with us,' says United States President Donald Trump, even as he has launched disputes with trading partners

US President Donald Trump speaks to the press before boarding Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base February 18, 2020, in Maryland. - Trump is heading to California at the start of a four-day western state campaign swing. (Photo by MANDEL NGAN / AFP)