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China foreign minister slams 'unacceptable' violence in Hong Kong

Oct 22, 2019 - 7:44 PM

'What is happening in Hong Kong today are in no way peaceful protests. It's violence pure and simple,' says Wang Yi

READY TO ENGAGE. Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi delivers a speech on the first day of the 53rd Munich Security Conference (MSC) at the Bayerischer Hof hotel in Munich, southern Germany, on February 17, 2017. Photo by Thomas Kienzle/AFP

China blocks almost a quarter of accredited foreign news sites – watchdog

Oct 22, 2019 - 6:27 PM

Some 31% of news organizations publishing primarily in English, the most widely-spoken foreign language in China, are blocked, the Foreign Correspondents' Club of China says

Hong Kong leader visits mosque struck by blue water-cannon dye

Oct 22, 2019 - 11:22 AM

Chief Executive Carrie Lam and police chief Stephen Lo pay a brief visit to the Kowloon Mosque. The mosque was sprayed with blue dye from a water cannon truck causing anger among both local Muslims and protesters.

Hong Kong's Chief Executive Carrie Lam (C) exits the Kowloon Mosque, or Kowloon Masjid and Islamic Centre, in the Tsim Sha Tsui district in Hong Kong on October 21, 2019. Lam and the city's chief of police visited a mosque that was struck with blue dye from a water cannon truck during the latest bout of violent protests in the international hub. Ed JONES / AFP

Japan says man held in China after alleged spying reports

Oct 21, 2019 - 4:15 PM

'The Japanese embassy in China confirmed that a Japanese man in his 40s was detained by Chinese authorities in Beijing in September for (allegedly) violating Chinese laws,' Yoshihide Suga says

Beijing says no one can stop Taiwan 'reunification'

Oct 21, 2019 - 2:40 PM

China will not stop its efforts towards 'realizing the complete reunification of the motherland,' Defense Minister General Wei Fenghe says at the Xiangshan Forum in Beijing

ASSERTING REUNIFICATION. China's Defense Minister Wei Fenghe addresses the IISS Shangri-La Dialogue summit in Singapore on June 2, 2019. Photo by Roslan Rahman/AFP

China talks up tech prowess in face of U.S. rivalry

Oct 20, 2019 - 10:50 PM

The head of the Communist Party of China's propaganda department says Beijing seeks to be a 'great power' in cyberspace

People take photos in an installation called A-Museum during the 6th World Internet Conference in Wuzhen town in the city of Tongxiang in Zhejiang province on October 20, 2019 (Photo by HECTOR RETAMAL / AFP)

[OPINION] An 'Abominable' problem: When Chinese money takes over company values

Oct 20, 2019 - 8:30 PM

As 'South Park' character Stan Marsh said, 'Anyone who betrays their ideals just to make money in China isn't worth a lick of spit'

'Abominable' also blocked in Malaysia over South China Sea map

Oct 20, 2019 - 1:17 PM

'Universal has decided not to make the censor cut required by the Malaysian censor board and as such will not be able to release the film in Malaysia,' says its distributor United International Pictures Malaysia

BLOCKED. The movie does not make the censorship cut of Malaysia's authorities. Still courtesy of Columbia Pictures

Nets draw Hong Kong protest backers as NBA-China row simmers

Oct 19, 2019 - 5:38 PM

Several hundred people clad in t-shirts that read 'Stand with Hong Kong' watched the Nets' preseason showdown against reigning NBA champion Raptors

NEW HOME. Kyrie Irving will play his first season for the Brooklyn Nets. Photo from Twitter/@BrooklynNets


PH owes 'incalculable debt of gratitude' to retiring Justice Carpio

Oct 19, 2019 - 10:51 AM

'His example inspires us to be patriots each day of our lives and to do what is right in the face of adversity,' says former top diplomat Albert del Rosario

'PATRIOT'. Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio will retire on October 26, 2019. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

China denies telling NBA to fire exec over Hong Kong tweet

Oct 18, 2019 - 4:14 PM

A foreign ministry official denies NBA commissioner Adam Silver's claims that China asked the league to fire a controversial Rockets executive

Photo by Hector Retamal AFP

China's growth slows to 6% in third quarter, weakest in 27 years

Oct 18, 2019 - 4:07 PM

With China a key driver of global growth, the soft reading adds to concerns about the world economy and prompts speculation that authorities will unveil fresh stimulus following a series of other measures in recent months

SLOW DOWN. This file photo taken on September 24, 2019 shows employees producing down coats at a factory for Chinese clothing company Bosideng in Nantong in China's eastern Jiangsu province. AFP Photo

Hong Kong's domestic workers dodge tear gas and clashes

Oct 18, 2019 - 3:16 PM

Over the last 4 months of huge and increasingly violent pro-democracy rallies, the areas where domestic workers rest on Sundays have frequently become battlegrounds for police and protesters

This picture taken on October 6, 2019 shows Indonesian migrant worker Marsanah (C) sitting with her friends on their day off at Victoria Park in Hong Kong. There are more than 370,000 domestic workers, overwhelmingly women from Indonesia and the Philippines, who keep Hong Kong ticking, often toiling for little pay and living in cramped conditions. But over the last four months of huge and increasingly violent pro-democracy rallies, the areas where domestic workers rest on Sundays have frequently become battlegrounds between police and protesters. Mohd RASFAN / AFP

Lorenzana: ‘Nothing wrong’ with deal between China-backed telco and military

Oct 18, 2019 - 7:40 AM

The defense chief says he 'most probably will sign' the agreement between the military and Dito Telecommunity, but holds off while the Senate reviews its security implications

DEFENSE SECRETARY Delfin Lorenzana at a Senate hearing on the proposed 2020 budget of the Department of National Defense and its attached agencies. September 30, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

China irked by Nobel Peace Prize nomination for Hong Kong

Oct 18, 2019 - 7:08 AM

'Hong Kong affairs are purely China's internal affairs and no foreign government or individuals have the right to interfere,' says foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang

Protesters walk on an image of Chinese President Xi Jinping in the Causeway Bay area in Hong Kong on October 1, 2019, as the city observes the National Day holiday to mark the 70th anniversary of communist China's founding. - Strife-torn Hong Kong on October 1 marked the 70th anniversary of communist China's founding with defiant "Day of Grief" protests and fresh clashes with police as pro-democracy activists ignored a ban and took to the streets across the city. (Photo by Mark RALSTON / AFP)

China: An imperial power in the image of the West?

Oct 17, 2019 - 9:01 PM

This series of articles seeks to provide some clarification on a number of these questions, to provide a guide with which we can formulate a strategy to deal with this big, threatening, yet in many ways, still mysterious neighbor

Malaysia looks to strengthen navy as sea tensions grow

Oct 17, 2019 - 6:45 PM

Malaysian Foreign Minister Saifuddin Abdullah says the government wants to 'control the presence' of warships in the sea, in part by boosting the strength of its navy

Universal Studios park in China to have facial recognition tech

Oct 17, 2019 - 5:51 PM

The facial recognition technology is part of a host of services owned by Alibaba which will be integrated into Universal's theme park

NOW WITH FACIAL RECOGNITION. American and Chinese officials attend the gala opening of Universal Studios' new theme show in Beijing on September 16. Photo by Stephen Shaver/AFP

China signs deal to 'lease' Tulagi island in the Solomons

Oct 17, 2019 - 4:16 PM

(UPDATED) The leaked papers reveal the Solomons' Central Province made a 'strategic cooperation agreement' on Tulagi island, which has a natural deep water harbor, with the China Sam Group on September 22

China propaganda app fraught with security concerns – report

Oct 17, 2019 - 2:38 PM

While the Communist Party advertises it as /a way for citizens to prove their loyalty and study their country, the app's maintainers are studying them right back,' The Open Technology Fund says

STUDY TO MAKE CHINA STRONG. This photo taken on February 20, 2019 shows a phone app called "Xuexi Qiangguo" or "Study to make China strong" with an image of China's President Xi Jinping in Beijing. File photo by Greg Baker/AFP

2 Americans detained in east China

Oct 17, 2019 - 1:41 PM

The detentions of Jacob Harlan and Alyssa Petersen come amid diplomatic and trade tensions between China and the United States

Intentional? Chinese ship in Recto Bank incident 'explicitly connected' to Beijing

Oct 17, 2019 - 11:29 AM

The Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative says its new findings strongly suggest that the Chinese ship does not operate solely as a commercial fishing ship and 'raises the question of whether the collision with the Gem-Ver was intentional'

SUNKEN. Fishing Boat Gem-Vir in the West Philippine Sea after it was attacked by a Chinese fishing vessel. Sourced photo

Hong Kong leader abandons policy speech after heckles from lawmakers

Oct 16, 2019 - 12:14 PM

(UPDATED) Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam leaves before reading her speech

Hong Kong's Chief Executive Carrie Lam (2nd L) leaves the chamber for a second time while trying to give her annual policy address as she is heckled by pro-democracy lawmakers (at background) at the Legislative Council (Legco) in Hong Kong on October 16, 2019. Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam was to unveil a closely watched State of the Union-style speech on October 16 aimed at winning hearts and minds after four months of seething pro-democracy protests. Anthony WALLACE / AFP

U.S. House passes Hong Kong 'Democracy Act'

Oct 16, 2019 - 10:59 AM

The act now moves to a similar vote in the Senate before it can become law

BEFORE CONGRESS. Joshua Wong (L), secretary-general of Hong Kong's Demosisto party and leader of the "Umbrella Movement" and Denise Ho, pro-Democracy activist and Cantopop singer testify before the Congressional-Executive Commission on China about the pro-democracy movement in Hong Kong, on September 17, 2019 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. Olivier Douliery / AFP

IMF trims 2019 China growth forecast as U.S. tariffs bite

Oct 16, 2019 - 9:15 AM

The International Monetary Fund now expects China's economy to grow 6.1% in 2019, instead of the 6.2% previously forecast

Construction workers buy snacks at a food stall in Beijing's central business district on January 18, 2019. - China's economy grew at its slowest pace in almost three decades in 2018, analysts in an AFP poll said on January 18, as the government struggles to contain ballooning debt and a bruising trade war with the United States. (Photo by GREG BAKER / AFP)

Locsin wants DreamWorks boycott over 'Abominable' movie

Oct 16, 2019 - 8:36 AM

'Call a universal boycott...from here on,' Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr says after the animated DreamWorks film showcased a map depicting China's 9-dash line in the South China Sea

BOYCOTT. Philippine Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr expresses his opposition against a DreamWorks animated film which depicted China's 9-dash line. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Global economic outlook 'precarious,' no room for mistakes, IMF warns

Oct 15, 2019 - 11:34 PM

The US-China trade war alone is estimated to shrink the world economy by 0.8% in 2020, the International Monetary Fund says

GLOBAL ECONOMY. The International Monetary Fund logo is seen 05 April 2007 in Washington, DC.  File photo by Tim Sloan/AFP

LeBron under fire for comments on NBA-China row

Oct 15, 2019 - 8:58 PM

After criticizing a Rockets executive for angering China with a 'misinformed' tweet, LeBron James draws flak for 'parroting communist propaganda'

EMBATTLED. The outspoken LeBron James gets into trouble for his opinion on the raging NBA controversy. Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images/AFP

China inflation surges in September 2019 as pork prices soar

Oct 15, 2019 - 8:50 PM

Inflation in China hits 3% in September 2019, the highest since November 2013

A customer (L) shops for pork at a market in Beijing on October 15, 2019. - China's consumer inflation accelerated at its fastest pace in almost six years in September as African swine fever sent pork prices soaring nearly 70 percent, official data showed on October 15. (Photo by WANG Zhao / AFP)

Trump claims a victory in China trade war, but U.S. farmers want details

Oct 15, 2019 - 7:35 PM

American farmers aren't celebrating just yet, as they seek concrete information on the United States' tentative trade deal with China

Farmer Terry Davidson walks through his soy fields July 6, 2018, in Harvard, Illinois, the same day China imposed retaliatory tariffs aimed at the US soybean market. - Davidson, 41, is a fifth generation farmer, a Democrat among mostly Republicans. He expects to be farming long after the US-China trade tariffs become a distant memory. "We've survived since the 1800s and we're still going. So, I think we'll keep going," Davidson says. (Photo by Nova SAFO / AFP)

LeBron blames China mess on Rockets GM's 'misinformed' tweet

Oct 15, 2019 - 3:50 PM

The NBA controversy continues as LeBron James' comments draw praise in China, but harsh criticism in the United States

Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images/AFP

Animated film 'Abominable' pulled in Vietnam over China's 9-dash line in map

Oct 14, 2019 - 4:44 PM

The U-shaped line appears on a map of the South China Sea in a scene in the film, which is about a Chinese teenager helping a yeti return to his home on Mount Everest

REVOKED. Vietnam revokes the license of 'Abominable' over a controversial scene. Still courtesy of Columbia Pictures

China imports, exports down in September 2019 as growth cools

Oct 14, 2019 - 4:10 PM

China's imports dive 8.5% while exports drop 3.2% in September 2019, amid its trade war with the United States

MANUFACTURING. Workers produce desks at a factory in Nantong in China's eastern Jiangsu province on September 4, 2019. Photo by AFP

Rappler Talk: Jeffrey Ordaniel on Duterte's embrace of China

Oct 14, 2019 - 2:07 PM

On Monday, October 14, Rappler editor-at-large Marites Vitug talks to Jeffrey Ordaniel of Tokyo International University to assess President Rodrigo Duterte's pivot to China

Attempts to split China risk 'smashed' bodies – Xi Jinping

Oct 14, 2019 - 12:21 PM

'Anyone who attempts to split any region from China will perish, with their bodies smashed and bones ground to powder,' Xi Jinping says, according to China's foreign ministry

XI'S WARNING. China's President Xi Jinping (C) waves on his arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport as he bids farewell, wrapping up his two-day visit to Nepal, in Kathmandu on October 13, 2019. Photo by Prakash Mathema/AFP

Partial U.S.-China trade deal only 'baby step' as thorny issues remain

Oct 13, 2019 - 11:05 PM

Analysts say the initial trade agreement between the United States and China will take weeks to finalize and the details remain unclear

(FILES) This file photo taken on June 24, 2019 shows containers at the Qingdao Port Foreign Trade Container Terminal in Qingdao, in China's eastern Shandong province. - A partial US-China deal may only offer a temporary tariff reprieve because it lacks specifics and leaves the thorny issues for later, analysts said, allowing both economic powers to claim success. (Photo by STR / AFP) / China OUT

Protesters erect 'Lady Liberty' statue on Hong Kong mountain top

Oct 13, 2019 - 5:38 PM

The statue – a regular feature at protests – makes her final journey to the top of Lion Rock, which is intimately linked to the city's democracy movement

PROTEST SYMBOL. This aerial photo shows a 4-meter statue known as "Lady Liberty" (R), after it was hauled by pro-democracy protesters to the top of Lion Rock, one of the Hong Kong's most famous mountain tops, on October 13, 2019. Photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP

Multiple arrests in Hong Kong as 'flashmob' protests hit pro-Beijing targets

Oct 13, 2019 - 4:36 PM

(UPDATED) Rallies erupt in multiple neighborhoods with some protesters blocking roads, spraying graffiti on pro-China businesses, smashing windows, and erecting barricades

PROTESTS CONTINUE. Hong Kong police detain a man for an unknown reason outside a shopping centre in the Tai Koo area of Hong Kong on October 13, 2019. Photo by Mohd Rasfan/AFP

Nets beat Lakers to bring merciful end to tense China tour

Oct 13, 2019 - 7:40 AM

As the NBA's controversial preseason China tour wraps up, it leaves behind questions over the future of a key market

STILL POPULAR. On court, Chinese fans continue to cheer for NBA superstars like LeBron James. Photo by Hector Retamal/AFP

Modi, Xi bid to bury India and China's differences

Oct 12, 2019 - 8:16 PM

India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping affirm that 'both sides will prudently manage their differences and not allow differences on any issue to become disputes'

Embattled Trump takes victory lap on China trade deal

Oct 12, 2019 - 3:10 PM

However, some observers said the deal is underwhelming

TRUMP. US President Donald Trump delivers remarks at the Hispanic Heritage Month Reception at the White House in Washington, DC, September 27, 2019. Photo by JIM WATSON / AFP

Time out? China's NBA row suddenly cools

Oct 12, 2019 - 9:47 AM

After a week of ferocious attack on the NBA, China's state press and internet now appear to be skirting the issue

TRUCE. The NBA-China feud starts to simmer down. Photo by Hector Retamal/AFP

NBA cancels all Lakers-Nets press events in China

Oct 11, 2019 - 5:58 PM

The NBA says the China row has put the players in a 'complicated and unprecedented situation'

NO MORE QUESTIONS. Visiting NBA players like Lakers superstar LeBron James and the Nets' DeAndre Jordan will just let their games do the talking. Photo by Hector Retamal/AFP

3 dead in China bridge collapse

Oct 11, 2019 - 1:33 PM

A preliminary investigation shows the collapse had been caused by an overloaded truck according to the Wuxi City government

BRIDGE COLLAPSE. This photo taken on October 10, 2019 shows a crowd watching workers at the site of a highway overpass collapse in Wuxi, China's eastern Jiangsu province. - Three people were killed and two injured in eastern China when a highway overpass collapsed and crushed cars below it, local officials said on October 11. Photo by AFP

Curry cautious, Barkley blasts 'idiots, fools' in NBA-China row

Oct 11, 2019 - 10:35 AM

As the NBA controversy in China rages on, Warriors star Steph Curry takes a wait-and-see stance while legend Charles Barkley rips league critics

CIRCUMSPECT. ’We understand this is a business,’ says NBA superstar Steph Curry. Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images/AFP

Hail King James: NBA reigns for a night in China game

Oct 11, 2019 - 8:36 AM

The preseason Shanghai clash between the Lakers and the Nets shows it will be difficult to shake the NBA's huge following among passionate Chinese fans

MAIN DRAW. LeBron James mesmerizes Chinese fans even as the Lakers bow to the Nets. Photo by Hector Retamal/AFP

Number of China's ultra-wealthy dwindles in 2019

Oct 10, 2019 - 11:00 PM

The number of richest Chinese – with holdings worth at least 2 billion yuan ($281 million) – fall to 1,819. Alibaba founder Jack Ma remains at the top of the list.

JACK MA. Jack Ma, Chairman of Alibaba Group, speaks with reporters following his meeting with President-elect Donald Trump at Trump Tower, January 9, 2017 in New York City. File photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images/AFP

China road bridge collapses, traps cars underneath

Oct 10, 2019 - 10:29 PM

Dramatic videos posted on social media show the section of the bridge swaying then crashing onto the road and vehicles underneath

U.S., China resume trade talks amid uncertainty

Oct 10, 2019 - 10:00 PM

The atmosphere surrounding the talks is acrimonious and shifting rapidly, with one news report overnight saying Chinese officials could cut short their visit

TRADE TALKS. US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin (R) greets Chinese Vice Premier Liu He as he arrives for trade talks at the Office of the US Trade Representative in Washington, DC, October 10, 2019. Photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

NBA game to go ahead in China despite free speech row

Oct 10, 2019 - 2:38 PM

LeBron James and the Lakers take on the Brooklyn Nets in a Shanghai preseason game amid a controversial pro-democracy tweet that has angered China

Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images/AFP