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China summons U.S. ambassador over military sanctions

Sep 22, 2018 - 11:19 PM

Washington has placed financial sanctions on a department in the Chinese Defense Ministry, and its top administrator, for its recent purchase of Russian fighter jets and surface-to-air missile systems

Vatican announces historic deal with China on bishops

Sep 22, 2018 - 8:22 PM

(UPDATED) China immediately says it was hopeful of better relations, while Taiwan insists its ties with the Vatican were safe

CHINESE BISHOPS SOON? This photo taken on May 11, 2016 shows a priest about to start a mass at the Catholic church in Dingan, in China's southern Guangxi region. Photo by Greg Baker/AFP

U.S. criticizes treatment of Uighurs in latest China row

Sep 22, 2018 - 9:27 AM

The Trump administration also faces criticism at home and abroad for barring entry to citizens of several Muslim-majority countries

CONDEMNATION. US Secretary Mike Pompeo says millions of Uighurs may be 'held against their will' in so-called re-education camps subject to political indoctrination and abuses. File photo by Emmanuel DUNAND/AFP

China denies meddling in US elections, demands 'respect'

Sep 19, 2018 - 5:11 PM

(UPDATED) The comments follow a combative series of tweets claiming Beijing's retaliatory tariffs on US goods were seeking to influence knife-edge midterm congressional elections in November

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Sep 19, 2018 - 12:21 PM

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Trump accuses China of election meddling

Sep 19, 2018 - 12:01 AM

The allegation adds an explosive new element to a tense situation after Trump pulled the trigger on 10% tariffs against another $200 billion in Chinese goods from next week, with a threat of more tariffs on another $267 billion

TRADE WARS. In this file photo taken on July 19, 2017, US President Donald Trump holds up a pair of pliers as he speaks during a Made in America event with US manufacturers in the East Room of the White House in Washington, DC. Photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

Japan conducts first submarine drill in disputed South China Sea

Sep 17, 2018 - 10:51 PM

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe defends the drill, which he says does not aim to target 'a particular nation'

SHINZO ABE. Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (L) and former defence minister Shigeru Ishiba (R) attend a debate for the Liberal Democratic Party presidential election at Japan National Press Club in Tokyo on September 14, 2018. Photo by Behrouz Mehri/AFP

Countries send condolences to Philippines after Typhoon Ompong

Sep 17, 2018 - 8:15 PM

(4th UPDATE) Here is a list of countries that have extended their condolences to the Philippines after Typhoon Ompong (Mangkhut)

SEARCH OPERATIONS. Policemen on September 17, 2018, lead the search and retrieval operations for missing miners in Barangay Ucab in Itogon, Benguet, who may have been buried at a mining shelter during the onslaught of Typhoon Ompong (Mangkhut) over the weekend. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Massive clean-up in Hong Kong after typhoon chaos

Sep 17, 2018 - 7:16 PM

In the high-rise city of Hong Kong, the government describes the damage as 'severe and extensive' with more than 300 people injured in Mangkhut, which triggered the maximum T10 typhoon alert

HONG KONG CLEANUP. Workers clean a company office, in a harborside commercial building, whose windows were blown out the day before during Typhoon Mangkhut in Hong Kong on September 17, 2018. Photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP

Evacuations start as Typhoon Ompong bears down on Philippines

Sep 13, 2018 - 4:54 PM

Authorities say some 10 million people in the Philippines are in the storm's path

Red button image via Shutterstock. Satellite image for Ompong courtesy of NOAA

No 3rd telco player by November? 'I'll take over,' says Duterte

Sep 11, 2018 - 5:46 PM

If there will be further delays, President Duterte warns he'll invite interested parties to submit their position papers to him, and he will make his choice in 'about 30 minutes'

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte reiterates in his speech during the meeting with the Filipino community at the Royal Cultural Palace in Amman, Jordan on September 7, 2018 that he has made a promise to get rid of corruption, criminality, and illegal drugs in the country back when he was still campaigning for the country's top government position. He went on to add that he is relentless in his efforts to fulfill these promises. RENE LUMAWAG/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

China shuts down prominent Christian church

Sep 10, 2018 - 7:24 PM

Around 70 officials stormed into the Zion Church – housed on the third floor of a nondescript office building in the north of the capital – after its Sunday afternoon service, says church pastor Jin Mingri

LOOK: Chinese flags raised at Batasan to welcome Beijing officials

Sep 10, 2018 - 5:43 PM

Inter-Parliamentary Relations and Special Affairs Bureau Director Edith Cardenas says 'this is not the first' time a foreign flag was raised at the House of Representatives

CHINA AT THE HOUSE. Chinese flags are seen flapping in the wind at the House of Representatives. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

China calls on U.S., North Korea to implement Singapore deal

Sep 10, 2018 - 3:31 PM

A senior Chinese official says his country hopes that North Korea and the US could implement the outcome of the June nuclear summit in Singapore and work to preserve peaceful talks

Jack Ma to unveil succession plans, not imminent retirement – report

Sep 09, 2018 - 9:30 PM

(UPDATED) The South China Morning Post, owned by Jack Ma's Alibaba, quotes a company spokesman as saying that 'Ma remains the company's executive chairman' and will only 'provide transition plans'

CHINA'S RICHEST. Alibaba founder Jack Ma was in Manila to receive a doctorate degree and offer insights on e-commerce and technology. Photo by Alecs Ongcal / Rappler

China should be 'Big Uncle' to ASEAN, says Arroyo

Sep 09, 2018 - 2:11 PM

'In my humble view, the ideal approach is for China to think of itself as the Big Uncle to many nephews in the family,' says Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo

CHINA ALLY. Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo delivers the keynote speech at the China-ASEAN Mayors' Forum on September 8, 2018. Photo from Arroyo's office

China's trade surplus with U.S. hit new record in August

Sep 08, 2018 - 4:30 PM

The tariffs do not appear to have dented the appetite for Chinese-made products in the United States

Trump turns up the heat in trade conflict with China

Sep 08, 2018 - 10:23 AM

President Donald Trump threatened to slap another more tariffs on all imported Chinese goods, says another $200 billion 'could take place very soon'

[OPINION] Marites Vitug and Mr Duterte’s mad wife

Sep 07, 2018 - 1:00 PM

'Rock Solid' has placed Malacañang in the uncomfortable position of having to explain why it treats a historic win for the country like a mad wife

Tencent to check IDs to enforce game limits for minors

Sep 06, 2018 - 7:00 PM

The measure comes on the heels of new efforts by the government to regulate China's highly popular video game industry, including restrictions on the number of new releases to address concerns over children's eyesight

TENCENT'S GAME LIMITS. Tencent chairman and CEO Pony Ma speaks during a philanthropy forum in Hong Kong on September 23, 2016. File photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP

Facebook, Twitter say they are not heading to China

Sep 06, 2018 - 1:19 AM

Google's reported exploratory foray into China prompts US lawmakers to ask Facebook and Twitter executives if they have similar plans

DORSEY. Twitter chief executive officer Jack Dorsey testifies during a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing concerning foreign influence operations' use of social media platforms, on Capitol Hill, September 5, 2018. Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images/AFP


China's Xi to send top official to North Korea anniversary

Sep 04, 2018 - 8:37 PM

Li Zhanshu, a member of the Communist Party's 7-member politburo standing committee, is invited by the North Korean government and its ruling Workers Party, the official news agency Xinhua says

LI ZHANSHU. Newly elected Chairman of the National People's Congress Li Zhanshu swears an oath after being elected during the fifth plenary session of the first session of the 13th National People's Congress (NPC) at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on March 17, 2018. File photo by nicolas Asfouri/AFP

China kindergarten principal sacked for pole dance show

Sep 04, 2018 - 2:17 PM

Videos circulating on social media show a scantily-clad dancer in hot pants shimmying up and down a pole to thumping music as stunned children in marching band uniforms look on

Navy warship successfully pulled from West PH Sea shoal

Sep 04, 2018 - 9:41 AM

BRP Gregorio del Pilar will be towed to Subic for repairs, says military spokesman Colonel Edgard Arevalo

GREGORIO RUNS AGROUND. BRP Gregorio del Pilar, one of the Philippine Navy's most capable warships, runs aground in Palawan on August 29, 2018. Photo courtesy of PAOAFP

China's Xi offers $60 billion in Africa aid, says 'no strings attached'

Sep 03, 2018 - 8:33 PM

Xi offers the funding at the start of a two-day China-Africa summit that focused on his cherished Belt and Road initiative. The money – to be spent over the next 3 years – comes on top of $60 billion Beijing offered in 2015.

CHINA-AFRICA COOPERATION. A host of African leaders join Chinese president Xi Jinping for a group photo session during the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation in Beijing on September 3, 2018. Photo by How Hwee Young/AFP

China culls 38,000 pigs as swine fever spreads

Sep 02, 2018 - 7:57 PM

The disease has been discovered in 5 Chinese provinces

Deal on China-backed mega free trade pact likely in November – Singapore

Sep 01, 2018 - 11:21 PM

The Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership will become the world's biggest free trade pact if an agreement is reached

MEETING. Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong (9th from left) poses with the ASEAN economic and trade ministers at the opening of 50th ASEAN Economic Ministers' Meeting and Related Meetings in Singapore on August 29, 2018. Photo by Roslan Rahman/AFP

Is China worsening the developing world's environmental crisis?

Sep 01, 2018 - 1:30 PM

China does not push its partners to strengthen environmental protections. For this reason, trading intensively with China is especially likely to generate high levels of pollution in developing countries.

China disputes UN report on Uighur discrimination

Aug 31, 2018 - 10:27 PM

'These comments... were based on so-called information that is yet to be verified and has no factual basis,' Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying said at a regular press briefing.

UIGHUR DISCRIMINATION. Ethnic Uighurs take part in a protest march asking for the European Union to call upon China to respect human rights in the Chinese Xinjiang region and asking for the closure of "re-education center" where some Uighurs are detained, during a demonstration around the EU institutions in Brussels on April 27, 2018. File photo by Emmanuel Dunand/AFP

Cayetano says he protested China radio warnings

Aug 30, 2018 - 7:13 PM

In China, Philippine Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano makes a 'nonconfrontational' protest in a meeting with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi

'NONCONFRONTATIONAL' PROTEST. Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano speaks with his Chinese counterpart, Foreign Minister Wang Yi, in a meeting in China on August 22, 2018. Photo courtesy of Chinese foreign ministry

Japan protests as reporter blocked from covering China foreign minister

Aug 30, 2018 - 6:36 PM

The Chinese foreign ministry excludes a reporter from the Sankei Shimbun from a media pool covering the start of a meeting between China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi and Japanese vice foreign minister Takeo Akiba

JAPAN MEETING. Japan's Vice Foreign Minister Takeo Akiba (L) shakes hands with China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi (R) at the start of their meeting at the Zhongnanhai Leadership Compound in Beijing on August 29, 2018. Photo by How Hwee Young/AFP

China slams Trump's 'irresponsible and absurd logic' on North Korea

Aug 30, 2018 - 5:42 PM

'A lot of people, like me, feel that the US is first in the world when it comes to twisting the truth, and irresponsible and absurd logic,' Chinese foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying says in a regular press briefing

SLAMMING TRUMP. US President Donald Trump makes a statement before saying goodbye to North Korea leader Kim Jong Un (L) after their meetings at the Capella resort on Sentosa Island in Singapore on June 12, 2018.  File photo by Susan Walsh/AFP

Trump says China making things 'much more difficult' with North Korea

Aug 30, 2018 - 8:26 AM

US President Donald Trump insists his relationship with Kim Jong-un remains 'very good'

US-NORTH KOREA RELATIONS. In thsi file photo, 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 blitzes PH volleyball team out of medal contention

Aug 29, 2018 - 9:06 PM

The Filipina spikers drop to the classification round of the 2018 Asian Games volleyball tournament

BEST EFFORT. The national spikers gave it their best shot against Olympic champion China. Photo from the Asian Games media pool

World leaders ignore rights in China, says multi-awarded author

Aug 29, 2018 - 1:26 PM

Esteemed novelist Yan Lianke says Beijing needs to face up to its human rights issues, but visiting politicians 'don't really care about these things now'

EXILED. File photo shows Chinese author Yan Lianke, whose books are banned in his homeland, posing for photographers after receiving the Franz Kafka Award for 2014, in Prague. Photo by Michal Cizek/AFP

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Aug 29, 2018 - 12:44 PM

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'50-100' protests vs China? Cayetano now says 'we haven't counted'

Aug 28, 2018 - 9:30 PM

'In a purpose-driven foreign policy, how many doesn't really matter,' says Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano as he is grilled by Senator Risa Hontiveros

DIPLOMATIC PROTESTS. Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano is grilled about the Philippines' diplomatic protests against China, as he faces senators in a budget hearing on August 28, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

PH spikers clash with Olympic champion China

Aug 28, 2018 - 7:53 PM

The Philippine women's volleyball team faces an extremely tough test against world powerhouse China in their 2018 Asian Games quarterfinal match

MAJOR TEST. The Philippines will face a test tougher than scaling the Great Wall, says coach Shaq delos Santos. Photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

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Aug 28, 2018 - 1:58 PM

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North Korea still 'serious and imminent threat' – Japan

Aug 28, 2018 - 1:50 PM

Japan's 2018 defense white paper also takes aim at China's rise as a military power, saying Beijing is sparking 'strong security concerns in the region and international community, including Japan'

NORTH KOREA. Japan in its first annual defense review says 'there is no change in our basic recognition concerning the threat of North Korea's nuclear weapons and missiles.' North Korea's Central Railway Station file photo by Kim Won-jin/AFP

China may scrap two-child limit – report

Aug 27, 2018 - 11:27 PM

The report did not indicate whether the new policy would raise the limit or allow an unlimited number of children

CHILDREN IN CHINA. A new baby is laying on a bed in a hosiptal in Huaibei, Anhui province, China on 12th November 2013.

Sent packing: Hong Kong's elderly cardboard collectors

Aug 26, 2018 - 2:59 PM

China's ban on imported trash could not only wipe out work for elderly cardboard collectors but would also be devastating for the cities' depots too

Photo by Isaac Lawrence/AFP

China's Didi suspends carpool service after murder

Aug 26, 2018 - 2:16 PM

Police have arrested a 27-year-old driver on suspicion of raping and killing a female passenger who used the app to hail a carpool ride

DIDI. A taxi driver uses the Didi Chuxing app while driving along a street in Guilin, China on May 13, 2016. File photo by Greg Baker/AFP

China slams 'irresponsible' Trump accusations over North Korea

Aug 25, 2018 - 8:15 PM

'All parties concerned should... show more sincerity and flexibility, instead of being capricious and put the blame on others,' says Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Lu Kang

SPOKESMAN. In this file photo, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang speaks to the media during a press conference in Beijing on July 13, 2016. Photo by Nicolas Asfouri/AFP

19 dead in fire at China hot springs hotel

Aug 25, 2018 - 3:07 PM

(UPDATED) State media says an investigation is underway into the cause of the fire

FIRE. A fire started in a hotel in Harbin, capital of the northeastern Heilongjiang province. Image from Shutterstock

U.S. accuses China of 'destabilizing' cross-Strait ties with El Salvador move

Aug 24, 2018 - 5:32 PM

'This is a decision that affects not just El Salvador, but also the economic health and security of the entire Americas region,' the White House says

ALLIES. El Salvador's Foreign Minister Carlos Castaneda (L) shakes hands with China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi during a signing ceremony to establish diplomatic relations, at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing on August 21, 2018. Photo by Wang Zhao/AFP

LIST: Companies vying for Philippines' 3rd telco spot

Aug 24, 2018 - 11:22 AM

At least 7 foreign and 5 local companies are gunning to be the next major telco player

TELCO WARS. Several companies are gunning to be the country's 3rd mobile provider. Rappler file photo


U.S., China swap tariffs on billions in goods as sides hold talks

Aug 23, 2018 - 12:55 PM

The latest action completes the first round of $50 billion in Chinese products that President Donald Trump targeted with Beijing striking back at American products dollar-for-dollar at each step

TRADE WARS. In this file photo, China's President Xi Jinping (L) and US President Donald Trump attend a welcome ceremony at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on November 9, 2017. File photo Nicolas Asfouri/AFP

Malaysia to shelve China-backed projects worth $22B

Aug 22, 2018 - 7:57 AM

The projects include a railway connecting Malaysia's east coast to southern Thailand and Kuala Lumpur, and two gas pipelines

SHELVED. Malaysia's Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad adjusts his earphones during a joint press conference with China's Premier Li Keqiang (not pictured) at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on August 20, 2018. Photo by How Hwee Young/AFP

China on Clarkson: 'He makes the team look very different'

Aug 21, 2018 - 10:29 PM

Chinese coach Li Nan admits that it's hard to stop Fil-Am NBA player Jordan Clarkson

NBA STALWARTS. China's Zhou Qi of the Houston Rockets tries to get his way past the Philippines' Jordan Clarkson of the Cleveland Cavaliers. Photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler