Duterte: China never asked PH for 'one square of real estate'

Jul 17, 2018 - 6:35 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte speaks of a 'blueprint' of plans being made by China: 'I am sure, at the end, China will be fair and the equity will be distributed'

President Rodrigo Duterte attends the groundbreaking for the planned Binondo-Intramuros bridge with Chinese ambassador to the Philippines Zhao Jianhua and other officials in Manila on July 17, 2018. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Taiwan's Apache attack helicopters go into service amid China tensions

Jul 17, 2018 - 4:44 PM

In a move likely to rile Beijing, Taiwan commissioned 29 US-made Apache AH-64E, also known as the 'tank killer'

IN PHOTOS: A peek inside Huawei’s Shenzhen headquarters

Jul 16, 2018 - 7:00 PM

Check out what we saw in our tour of Huawei’s Shenzhen headquarters, including a peek inside their campus, said to be over 140 hectares large

SHENZHEN TOUR. One of Huawei's buildings at its Ox Horn campus. Photos by Kyle Chua.

Going to the ‘heart of Unclos’

Jul 16, 2018 - 5:35 PM

Excerpts from ‘Rock Solid: How the Philippines Won Its Maritime Case against China,’ which will be launched on Wednesday, July 18, at the Ateneo de Manila University

Muslims in China's 'Little Mecca' fear eradication of Islam

Jul 16, 2018 - 1:37 PM

Locals fear there is a deliberate move to eradicate Islam in Linxia, a deeply Islamic region in western China that had offered a haven of comparative religious freedom for the ethnic Hui Muslims there

LITTLE MECCA. This picture shows an ethnic Hui Muslim man standing in front of Laohuasi Mosque after Friday prayers in Linxia, China's Gansu province. Photo by Johannes Eisele/AFP

As trade war rages, Trump flags fly out of China factory

Jul 16, 2018 - 11:14 AM

President Trump rails against Chinese imports, pushes for 'buy American', and launches the trade confrontation to punish China for what he considers predatory trade policies. But his anger does not appear to extend to flags.

MADE IN CHINA. This photo taken on July 13, 2018 shows Chinese employees sewing US flags at a factory in Fuyang in China's eastern Anhui province. AFP Photo

4 in 5 Filipinos reject gov't inaction vs China moves – SWS

Jul 15, 2018 - 11:55 AM

Most Filipinos also believe the Duterte administration should strengthen the Philippine military as China militarizes the West Philippine Sea

BOOSTING TIES. President Rodrigo Duterte shakes hands with President Xi Jinping during his state visit in October 2016. Malacañang file photo

#ThewRap: Videos you need to watch this week July 9-15, 2018

Jul 15, 2018 - 10:31 AM

The Hague ruling anniversary, Duterte's 'Sorry God,' and updates on the Thai cave rescue

[OPINION] China's grand larceny

Jul 15, 2018 - 8:25 AM

What should we now do as a willing victim and an abettor that has fully embraced our big northern neighbor who is clearly acting as a bully, a grand larcenist, and an international outlaw?

Tainted water exhibition roves around Beijing after initial shutdown

Jul 14, 2018 - 7:52 PM

The mobile exhibition by an artist known as 'Nut Brother' features bottles of Nongfu Spring filled with contaminated drinking water from the village of Xiaohaotu in China's northwest Shaanxi province

DIRTY WATER. This photo taken on July 12, 2018 shows a woman looking at polluted water in a mineral water bottle at a roving exhibition created by Chinese performance artist Nut Brother, known for his advocacy work on environmental and social issues, in Beijing. Photo by Greg Baker/AFP

China detains suspects after blast at chemical plant

Jul 14, 2018 - 11:56 AM

The building was owned by chemical manufacturer Hengda, which was 'conducting illegal construction at the plant which had not passed safety and fire control checks,' says state media Xinhua

U.S., Japan, Australia most trusted by Filipinos – Pulse Asia

Jul 14, 2018 - 7:32 AM

China ranks 4th in a list of countries most trusted by Filipinos, based on a Pulse Asia survey commissioned by the Stratbase Albert del Rosario Institute

Photos in graphic courtesy of Shutterstock

Apple launches $300M 'green' fund for China suppliers

Jul 13, 2018 - 3:27 PM

Apple is pushing for greener processes in China where most of their products are assembled

APPLE. File photo by Josh Edelson/AFP

Hague ruling anniversary, Tulfo audit, Kylie Jenner | Evening wRap

Jul 12, 2018 - 9:20 PM

Watch Rappler’s evening newscast with Acor Arceo

Roque says 'province of China' tarp the work of government 'enemies'

Jul 12, 2018 - 3:06 PM

'They are propagating a lie that we have given up our territory. It's the farthest from the truth,' says Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque

A banner declaring Welcome to the Philippines Province of China is seen on footbridge in Philcoa, Quezon City on Thursday morning, July 12, 2018, the 2nd year anniversary of the Hague Ruling. Photo courtesy of Ronald Gustilo

73% of Filipinos want PH to assert rights under Hague ruling

Jul 12, 2018 - 2:06 PM

Pulse Asia president Ronald Holmes says 'a plurality of Filipinos' believe the Philippines 'should file a diplomatic protest' over China's militarization of the West Philippine Sea

PHILIPPINES-CHINA TIES. President Rodrigo Duterte (left), through meetings with China officials led by Chinese President Xi Jinping (right), seeks better ties Beijing. Malacañang file photo

Robredo seeks peaceful protest vs China moves in West PH Sea

Jul 12, 2018 - 1:00 PM

Vice President Leni Robredo says of the Philippines' victory against China in The Hague on July 12, 2016: 'Sadly, since then, we have lost that advantage'

HAGUE RULING. Vice President Leni Robredo poses with former foreign secretary Albert del Rosario at a forum on July 12, 2018, the second anniversary of the Hague ruling on the South China Sea. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Del Rosario: PH 'a willing victim' 2 years after Hague ruling

Jul 12, 2018 - 10:36 AM

'Before we can hope for help, we must first demonstrate that we are worth helping,' says former foreign secretary Albert del Rosario on the second anniversary of the Philippines' South China Sea victory

HAGUE RULING. Former Philippine foreign secretary Albert del Rosario speaks in a forum on July 12, 2018, the second anniversary of the Hague ruling on the South China Sea. Photo by Angie de Silva

2 years after winning, Duterte refuses to enforce Hague ruling

Jul 12, 2018 - 9:07 AM

The Philippines marks the second anniversary of its victory against China over the South China Sea, still with an 'inexplicable reluctance' to enforce this ruling

EFFORTS WASTED? This is the Philippine team that flew to The Hague, Netherlands, to defend the merits of the Philippines' case against China in November 2015. Photo courtesy of PCA

[OPINION] Enforce arbitral award for present, future generations

Jul 12, 2018 - 8:57 AM

Since the Duterte administration has chosen to set aside the enforcement of the Award, the task of keeping alive the Award within our country has fallen on people like you and me

[SCHEDULE] Book launch, talks: ‘Rock Solid: How the Philippines Won Its Maritime Case against China’

Jul 11, 2018 - 6:46 PM

Interested readers can listen to the author and buy ‘Rock Solid’ at the these events in the Philippines and abroad

Widow of Chinese Nobel dissident Liu Xiaobo arrives in Berlin

Jul 11, 2018 - 3:11 PM

In an emotional phone call with Liao Yiwu recently, Liu Xia says, 'They should add a line to the constitution: 'Loving Liu Xiaobo is a serious crime – it's a life sentence'.'

IN GERMANY. Liu Xia, the widow of Chinese Nobel dissident Liu Xiaobo, smiles as she arrives at the Helsinki International Airport in Vantaa, Finland, on July 10, 2018. Photo by Jussi Nukari/Lehtikuva/AFP

Trade war ramps up as U.S. threatens $200B in Chinese goods

Jul 11, 2018 - 1:04 PM

(UPDATED) Reacting to the 'totally unacceptable' Washington list, the commerce ministry in Beijing says it will be forced to take 'countermeasures'

TRADE WAR. In this file photo, US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer speaks during the 11th Ministerial Conference of the World Trade Organization (WTO) plenary session in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on December 11, 2017. File photo by Eitan Abramovich/AFP

Tesla to build huge Shanghai factory – local government

Jul 10, 2018 - 10:53 PM

The deal marks the biggest overseas foray yet for Tesla, which is looking to expand into global markets, plans that faced a potential threat from the intensifying China-US trade row

TESLA IN CHINA. A boy sits in a Tesla car during a visit at Tesla showroom in Beijing on July 4, 2018. Photo by Wang Zhao/AFP

How China's e-vehicle demand boosts Philippines' nickel industry

Jul 10, 2018 - 5:00 PM

The Philippines, currently the world's 2nd top exporter of nickel, sees the shift toward electronic vehicles as an opportunity to grow

Report accuses China firms over ozone-depleting gas

Jul 09, 2018 - 8:21 PM

The Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) campaign group says 18 factories in 10 Chinese provinces they looked into admit to using banned chlorofluorocarbons.

Senate minority seeks probe into China plane landings in Davao

Jul 09, 2018 - 12:55 PM

Opposition senators file Senate Resolution No. 779, seeking to determine if the 'technical stops' of Chinese military planes in the Philippines violated the 1987 Constitution

PLANE LANDING. Photos of a Chinese military plane landing in the Davao City Airport earlier went viral, fuelling concerns among netizens. Screenshot from Jose Antonio Custodio's Facebook page

Senate inaction on China: No inquiry amid militarization

Jul 08, 2018 - 6:56 PM

Experts tell Rappler it is the Senate's 'patriotic duty' to protect the Philippines' territorial integrity as China militarizes the South China Sea

China files new complaint at WTO over US tariffs

Jul 06, 2018 - 11:47 PM

'China lodged an additional complaint with the World Trade Organization... over tariffs formally implemented by the United States,' Xinhua reports, citing a statement by the commerce ministry

Trump unleashes trade war with tariffs on China

Jul 06, 2018 - 1:15 PM

(UPDATED) Economists have warned that the tit-for-tat measures could throttle global growth and strike at the heart of the world trade system, causing shockwaves across the planet

[OPINION] Time for a different narrative on maritime dispute with China

Jul 06, 2018 - 9:00 AM

Since the stunning victory over China in 2016, the official story has been defeatist

Rappler editor to launch landmark book on Philippines-China case

Jul 05, 2018 - 8:00 PM

Rappler editor-at-large Marites Dañguilan Vitug is set to unveil the book 'Rock Solid,' the first of its kind about the Philippines' victory over the South China Sea, at the Ateneo de Manila University on July 18

LANDMARK BOOK. 'Rock Solid,' authored by award-winning journalist Marites Dañguilan Vitug, is the first of its kind on the Philippines' case against China over the South China Sea. Photo of Vitug by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Dalian trains may be used later this year but...

Jul 05, 2018 - 7:50 PM

Germany's TUV Rheinland finds discrepancies between the actual delivered trains and what was stipulated on the terms of reference, DOTr Secretary Arthur Tugade says

PLATES. DOTr Sec Tugade, House Committee on Transportation Chairman Cesar Sarmiento, SAP Bong Go and Congressman Cesar Sarmiento at the roll-out of vehicle plates to members of automotive dealers and owners in a nationawide roll out on July 5, 2018. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Trade Wars: Trump loads decisive volley against China

Jul 05, 2018 - 2:16 PM

(UPDATED) Beijing has vowed to retaliate dollar-for-dollar, 'immediately' imposing counter-tariffs on American exports

China's Baidu rolls out self-driving buses

Jul 04, 2018 - 6:24 PM

'2018 marks the first year of commercialisation for autonomous driving. From the mass production of Apolong, we can truly see that autonomous driving is making great strides – taking the industry from zero to one,' says CEO Robin Li

THE APOLONG. This file picture taken on June 13, 2018 shows an Apolong self-driving mini bus by King Long exhibited at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) Asia in Shanghai. File photo by AFP.

North Korea's Kim asked China's Xi to help lift sanctions – report

Jul 01, 2018 - 8:08 PM

A Japanese newspaper reports that Kim Jong-un asked the Chinese president to help ease the sanctions that have crippled North Korea's economy

Sri Lanka moves navy unit to Chinese-run port

Jun 30, 2018 - 10:07 PM

Colombo's announcement will likely raise fresh concerns in New Delhi over China's military potentially getting a foothold in the Indian Ocean through the deep-sea port of Hambantota

CHINA-FUNDED. Sri Lanka will move its southern naval command to a port leased to a state-run Chinese firm but China will not use it for military purposes, the prime minister's office said June 30. File photo by Lakruwan Wanniarachchi/AFP

[OPINION] China’s economic time bomb

Jun 30, 2018 - 11:00 AM

There are 3 troubling signs that China is a prime candidate to be the site of the next financial crisis

French police seize 10 Chinese-owned vineyards

Jun 29, 2018 - 8:20 PM

Haichang Group, based in the northeastern Chinese port city of Dalian, is the biggest of numerous Chinese investors which have bought into one of France's most famous wine-growing regions in recent years

VINEYARDS. File photo shows the vineyards of the Medoc area, on June 3, 2018 near Pauillac, southwestern France. Photo by  Nicolas Tucat/AFP

EJKs, corruption, China: How the Senate backs Duterte and allies

Jun 28, 2018 - 8:00 AM

(UPDATED) From delaying investigations, ousting chairpersons, and clearing administration officials, the Senate has supported President Rodrigo Duterte in his two years in office

Xi Jinping, U.S. defense chief meet amid troubled security relations

Jun 27, 2018 - 8:18 PM

US Defense Secretary James Mattis, visiting Beijing to take the measure of China's global security ambitions, especially in the South China Sea, tells Xi Jinping he wants to keep the bilateral military relationship on an even keel and find areas to cooperate

MIGHTY CHINA. File photo of China's President Xi Jinping at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing on June 21, 2018. Photo by Fred Dufour/Pool/AFP

Chinese-led Bangon Marawi Consortium disqualified due to fund shortage

Jun 27, 2018 - 6:41 PM

Negotiations will commence with another Chinese group – Power Construction Corporation of China or PowerChina

Philippines 'extra careful' with China loans – NEDA

Jun 27, 2018 - 4:30 PM

Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Ernesto Pernia says he is well-aware of the experiences of countries like Sri Lanka which fell into Beijing's debt-trap diplomacy

U.S., Chinese defense chiefs talk cooperation despite tensions

Jun 27, 2018 - 3:45 PM

US Defense Secretary James Mattis is expected to meet President Xi Jinping late Wednesday, June 27, after talks with other senior officials. His 4-day trip to Asia will include visits to regional allies Seoul and Tokyo.

FIRST VISIT. US Secretary of Defense James Mattis arrives at a hotel in Beijing on June 26, 2018. Photo by Wang Zhao/AFP

Diplomacy in metaphors: PH, China in Duterte Year 2

Jun 26, 2018 - 7:15 PM

Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano views the Philippines and China as husband and wife – and what a relationship this is, as President Rodrigo Duterte marks his second year in office

Illustrations by Alejandro Edoria

Australia buys high-tech drones to monitor South China Sea, Pacific

Jun 26, 2018 - 6:51 PM

Canberra is embarking on its largest peacetime naval investment through a massive shipbuilding strategy that includes new submarines, offshore patrol vessels and frigates to shore up its defense capabilities

AUSSIE EYE. This handout photo taken on April 3, 2014 and received from the Australian Department of Defence on June 26, 2018, shows Squadron Leader Col Gray inspecting a full scale mock up of the MQ-4C Triton Unmanned Aerial Vehicle in Canberra. Photo by LAC Michael Green/ Australian Department of Defence/AFP

Taiwan president urges world to stand up to China – AFP interview

Jun 25, 2018 - 10:25 PM

Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen urges other nations to unite in defending against China's expansionist aims and to protect shared liberal values

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

Mattis visits China amid Korea talks, strategic tensions

Jun 25, 2018 - 9:55 AM

US Secretary of Defense James Mattis says he wants to 'take measure' of China's strategic ambitions after it positioned weaponry on disputed islets in the South China Sea and is seeking to project its military power deep into the Pacific

JAMES MATTIS. This file photo taken on November 28, 2017 shows US Secretary of Defense James Mattis making a statement at the White House in Washington, DC. File photo by Jim Watson/AFP

[OPINYON] Tayo nang maglaro ng Chinese barter

Jun 24, 2018 - 8:00 AM

Bukod sa malaking usapin ng soberanya sa teritoryo, sa likod ng ilang kilong isda kapalit ng instant noodles o bottled water ay ang binabanggit ko: kalayaan at kusang-loob

[OPINION] Ideas that divide the nation

Jun 23, 2018 - 9:00 PM

We should be wary of new concepts imported from foreign shores and alien to our history as a people, which could divide the nation and even lead to the dismemberment of the Philippine state