[OPINION] Challenges in deploying Filipino household service workers to China

Mar 23, 2018 - 9:29 PM

China is indeed likely to open its doors to Filipino household service workers, but there will be challenges and restrictions

China threatens U.S. with tariffs, says it's 'not afraid of trade war'

Mar 23, 2018 - 4:58 PM

Beijing unveils a hit list of products that could face duties of up to 25%, from fresh fruit to pork and wine, though it stopped short of pulling the trigger as it indicated its readiness to negotiate an agreement

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An Egyptian fisherman uses a pole to row along the River Nile near Abou Shosha village in the Qina governorate, some 600 kilometres south of the capital Cairo on March 21, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / KHALED DESOUKI

PH, China agree on 'prudent' cooperation on joint sea exploration

Mar 22, 2018 - 10:16 AM

The countries will 'in a prudent and steady way advance cooperation on offshore oil and gas exploration,' says Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi

LETTER. Philippine Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano (L) shakes hands with Chinese Foreign Minister and State Counselor Wang Yi after he passed on a hand-written letter from President Rodrigo Duterte to Chinese President Xi Jinping during a meeting at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing on March 21, 2018. Photo by Parker Song/AFP

China's aircraft carrier sails by Taiwan as tensions rise

Mar 21, 2018 - 4:54 PM

The Liaoning and accompanying vessels enter Taiwan's air defense zone on Tuesday, March 20, the same day Chinese President Xi Jinping delivers a blistering nationalistic speech – warning against what he called any attempts to split China

LIAONING. China's sole aircraft carrier, the Liaoning, arrives in Hong Kong waters on July 7, 2017, less than a week after a high-profile visit by president Xi Jinping. File photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP

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Cayetano off to China for talks on joint exploration

Mar 20, 2018 - 9:00 PM

Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano says the Philippines and China 'are trying to find a legal framework' for joint exploration in the West Philippine Sea

VISITING CHINA. Philippine Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano is flying to China for talks on joint exploration in the West Philippine Sea. Photo by Paterno Esmaquel II/Rappler

Empowered Xi says China ready to fight 'bloody battle'

Mar 20, 2018 - 3:14 PM

President Xi Jinping's address caps an annual session of the National People's Congress that paved the way for him to rule for life

What the world is saying about Putin's re-election

Mar 19, 2018 - 9:12 PM

Here's a roundup of the global reaction to the new 6-year term of Russian President Vladimir Putin

READ ALL ABOUT IT. This photograph taken on March 19, 2018, shows a newsstand with a newspaper featuring on the front page, an image of Russian President Vladimir Putin after his re-election in Moscow on March 19, 2018. Photo by Kirill Kudyavtsev/AFP

Silliman president to politicians: Protect Benham Rise, not personal interests

Mar 19, 2018 - 10:26 AM

Silliman University President Ben Malayang says talks on the resource-rich continental shelf should be a matter of national interest, instead of politicians pursuing personal interests

INTERESTS. Silliman University President Ben Malayang calls on politicians to protect Benham Rise and not personal interests. Photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

Cebu's Alegria Oil Field can power 60-megawatt gas plant – DOE

Mar 18, 2018 - 7:20 PM

Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi says the Alegria Oil Field would have two wells ready to produce a total of 360 barrels per day

ASEAN leaders tackle Rohingya crisis, urge South China Sea calm

Mar 18, 2018 - 6:29 PM

While it noted a resolve to 'protect human rights,' it failed to condemn member state Myanmar's treatment of the Muslim-minority Rohingya

ASEAN LEADERS. The region's leaders pose in solidarity during the ASEAn Summit and Related Summits in Manila, Philippines in November 2017. Malacañang file photo

China urges U.S. to 'correct mistake' on Taiwan

Mar 18, 2018 - 12:41 PM

China sees Taiwan as a renegade province and has long stated its desire for reunification

MISTAKE. China sees new US policy a "mistake" and urges them to "correct" it. File photo by Brian Blanco/Getty Images/AFP

China's parliament gives Premier Li second term

Mar 18, 2018 - 11:08 AM

Li is re-appointed with 2,964 votes in favor and two against during the annual session of the National People's Congress at Beijing's Great Hall of the People

SECOND TERM. Chinese Premier Li Keqiang visits Malacañang Palace during his official visit to Manila. Malacañang photo

The week in photos: March 10-16, 2018

Mar 17, 2018 - 2:12 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

EDITORS NOTE: Graphic content / A wounded Syrian man waits for treatment at a makeshift clinic during Syrian government air strikes on Zamalka, in the rebel enclave of Eastern Ghouta on the outskirts of Damascus on March 13, 2018. More than 1,180 civilians have been killed since regime forces on February 18 launched an air and ground assault on the enclave, the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitor says. Eastern Ghouta's 400,000 residents have been living under government siege since 2013, facing severe food and medecine shortages even before the latest assault. / AFP PHOTO / AMER ALMOHIBANY

China’s 2nd biggest city signs sisterhood pact with Legazpi

Mar 16, 2018 - 9:59 PM

'We've come to Legazpi City to see beautiful Mayon and partner with Mayor Noel Rosal to strengthen tourism, education, agriculture, and best practices,' Hengyang City mayor Gong Xueye says at a sisterhood pact meeting at the Oriental Hotel

SISTERHOOD PACT. Vice Mayor Gong Xueye of Hengyang City, in the Hunan province  of China, gives a token to Mayor Noel Rosal during the sisterhood pact held at The Oriental Hotel in Legazpi City. Photo by Rhaydz B. Barcia/Rappler.

Trump to consider trade measures against China 'in coming weeks' – advisor

Mar 15, 2018 - 11:51 PM

The warning raises the temperature for currently fraught US foreign relations, in which Trump's aggressive trade maneuvers have taken center stage

TRUMP AND CHINA. US President Donald Trump walks to Marine One prior to departure from the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, DC, February 16, 2018. File photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

'Uncle Hawking' draws nearly half-billion clicks from mourning Chinese

Mar 14, 2018 - 6:44 PM

News of Stephen Hawking's death becomes the top-trending Weibo topic, with the hashtag #Hawking passed# generating more than 450 million reads and nearly 250,000 comments in the hours after his death was announced

HAWKING, REMEMBERED. In this file photo taken on August 29, 2012 British scientist Stephen Hawking appears during the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Paralympic Games at the Olympic Stadium in east London. File photo by Leon Neal/AFP

Cebu's Alegria Oil Field to begin commercial production

Mar 14, 2018 - 5:50 PM

The Department of Energy says the natural gas and oil production of the field may last until 2037, based on the development plan crafted after the initial testing

GAS AND OIL. Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi (second to the left) declares the Alegria Oil Field in Southern Cebu to have commercial quantities of natural gas and oil resources. Photo from DOE

Spain arrests 155 over Chinese human trafficking ring

Mar 13, 2018 - 8:05 PM

The arrests, which included 4 alleged ringleaders detained in Barcelona, came after a 3-year investigation, police say in a statement

China 'winning' war on smog, helping life expectancy – study

Mar 13, 2018 - 4:15 PM

The University of Chicago says in its study that while the world's biggest polluter faces a long road to reach national and international air quality standards, the results 'suggest the country is winning its war on pollution'

SMOG. A man wearing a mask visits the Forbidden City in Beijing on December 21, 2016.  File photo by Wang Zhao/AFP

How are PH-U.S. ties under Duterte? 'Terrific,' says envoy

Mar 13, 2018 - 3:49 PM

'This is really a strong partnership. It’s a mutually beneficial relationship for both countries,' says US ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim after turning over 6 ScanEagle reconnaissance drones to the Philippine Air Force

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A man wades through a lake at sunset in Pantanal, Mato Grosso, Brazil on March 7, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / CARL DE SOUZA

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Mar 13, 2018 - 11:39 AM

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China defends Duterte from U.N. rights chief's tirades

Mar 13, 2018 - 10:02 AM

China says 'anyone without bias can see' that President Rodrigo Duterte has made 'achievements' in fighting illegal drugs and improving people's jobs

FOREIGN MINISTRY. Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Lu Kang takes a question from the media during a press conference in Beijing on July 13, 2016. File photo by Nicolas Asfouri/AFP

Before joining gov't, Roque hit China over human rights

Mar 12, 2018 - 8:00 PM

In 2016, lawyer Harry Roque urged United Nations officials 'to express grave concern on the human rights violations committed by China' in Scarborough Shoal

PANATAG SHOAL. Then Representative Harry Roque briefs a local official in Zambales about his initiatives in Congress for Panatag Shoal (Scarborough Shoal), in this photo posted by the group he co-founded, CenterLaw, on August 12, 2016. File photo from CenterLaw's Facebook page

Arrest warrant out for Chinese forwarder in P6.4-B shabu case

Mar 12, 2018 - 3:45 PM

Chen Ju Long, also known as Richard Chen or Richard Tan, remains at large

SCAPEGOAT? Chinese businessman Richard Tan, the alleged shipper of the 604 kilos of shabu from China, cries foul over the initial findings of the Senate blue ribbon committee.  Photo by Joseph Vidal/PRIB

Xi's lifetime rule may mean continued hardline stance in West PH Sea – analyst

Mar 11, 2018 - 11:55 PM

Aaron Jed Rabena says China could be considered 'compliant' with the 2016 arbitral tribunal ruling if there were peace and stability in the West Philippine Sea

HARDLINE STANCE. Analyst Aaron Jed Rabena expects China to maintain a hardline stance in the West Philippine Sea as Chinese President Xi Jinping moves towards lifetime rule.

Roque once slammed China as 'aggressor' in international law

Mar 11, 2018 - 6:15 PM

(UPDATED) Now Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque asserts 'good faith' on the part of China as Malacañang backs joint exploration in the West Philippine Sea

CHANGING TUNES. Before speaking for President Rodrigo Duterte, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque once slammed China as an 'aggressor' in international law. Malacañang file photo

China's parliament puts Xi on course to rule for life

Mar 11, 2018 - 4:30 PM

(UPDATED) The parliament abolishes presidential term limits, giving Chinese President Xi Jinping a lifetime to push his goal of turning China into a global economic powerhouse with a 'world-class' military

Chinese President Xi Jinping votes during the third 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 11, 2018. China's rubber-stamp parliament is set on March 11, to hand President Xi Jinping free rein to rule the rising Asian superpower indefinitely, with potential abstentions offering the only suspense in the historic vote. / AFP PHOTO / WANG ZHAO

ASEAN military chiefs push for peace in South China Sea

Mar 11, 2018 - 4:18 PM

ASEAN military chiefs also stress the need for 'a peaceful resolution' of the South China Sea dispute

2016 PHOTO. Structures seen on a satellite image of Mischief Reef on November 15, 2016, released December 13, 2016. Image courtesy of CSIS Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative/DigitalGlobe

Trump predicts 'tremendous success' in North Korea talks

Mar 11, 2018 - 8:42 AM

The comments come after the American leader said he received encouragement from the leaders of China and Japan

SMOOTH TALKS? US President Donald Trump waves as he arrives on January 25, 2018 in Zurich en route to the World Economic Forum in Davos. File photo by Nicholas Kamm/AFP

China denies seeking PH resources as collateral

Mar 10, 2018 - 11:34 PM

'Our assistance and support to the Philippines are provided with no strings attached,' says Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang

LOANS. China clarifies that it does not ask for natural resources as collateral in its loans to the Philippines. Rappler file photo

U.S., China agree to keep pressure on North Korea

Mar 10, 2018 - 10:45 AM

(UPDATED) Trump and Xi committed to 'maintain pressure and sanctions until North Korea takes tangible steps toward complete, verifiable, and irreversible denuclearization,' according to the White House

TALKS. US President Donald Trump and China's Xi Jinping committed to maintaining pressure and sanctions on North Korea, should talks between the US and North Korea backslide. Photos from AFP

ASEAN-China joint maritime drills in the works

Mar 07, 2018 - 8:40 PM

Defense ministers from the different ASEAN counties are discussing China's 2015 proposal to hold joint maritime drills

JOINT MARITIME DRILLS? President Rodrigo Duterte and Defense Secretary Delifn Lorenzana. File photo by Manman Dejeto/Rappler

CONTEXT: China never said West Philippine Sea is 'disputed'

Mar 07, 2018 - 2:11 PM

'China has indisputable sovereignty over the South China Sea islands and their adjacent waters,' says Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying

TOP DIPLOMATS. Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi (right) meets with Philippine Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano (left) at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Beijing on June 29, 2017. File photo by Fred Dufour/Pool/AFP

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China's WeChat app crosses one billion account mark

Mar 06, 2018 - 7:18 PM

The all-in-one app, known as Weixin in China, is a daily necessity for most Chinese, bringing together messaging, social media, mobile payment, games, news and other services

WECHAT. This photo taken on June 23, 2017 shows a woman showing payment to a vendor, sent via the Chinese instant messaging platform WeChat using her smartphone, at a streetside stall in Beijing. File photo by Wang Zhao/AFP

Cayetano maintains it's the 'disputed' West Philippine Sea

Mar 06, 2018 - 6:45 PM

'What are we going to do? Will we pretend it's not disputed?' says Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano, as he hits 'so-called experts' like Acting Chief Justice Antonio Carpio

DFA CHIEF. Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano appears in a hearing at the House of Representatives on March 6, 2018, about delays in passport processing. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Roque: No need to assert PH rights to foreign companies eyeing joint exploration

Mar 06, 2018 - 1:56 PM

(UPDATED) Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque urges reporters to 'move on' from the West Philippine Sea issue

Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque holds a press briefing for the Malacañang Press Corps at the New Executive Building in Malacañang on February 19, 2018 where he said that Special Assistant for the President Christopher Lawrence Go did not intervene on the Frigate Acquisition Project. YANCY LIM/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

[WATCH] Rappler Talk: Analyst Aaron Jed Rabena on Philippines-China relations

Mar 06, 2018 - 1:45 PM

On Tuesday, March 6, Rappler editor-at-large Marites Vitug speaks to Aaron Jed Rabena on how Chinese President Xi Jinping's move toward lifetime rule might affect Philippines-China relations and their maritime dispute

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Stop calling it the 'disputed' West Philippine Sea – Carpio

Mar 05, 2018 - 5:55 PM

A Hague tribunal 'has already ruled with finality,' says Acting Chief Justice Antonio Carpio. 'There's no appeal. We are the owners of the resources there.'

NOT DISPUTED. Acting Chief Justice Antonio Carpio says Filipinos should stop saying 'disputed' West Philippine Sea. Rappler file photo

Carpio disputes Roque claim on joint exploration in EEZ

Mar 05, 2018 - 12:15 PM

(UPDATED) The Supreme Court has not issued a ruling on joint exploration within the Philippines' exclusive economic zone, says Acting Chief Justice Antonio Carpio

Upholding the Law of the Sea Convention and the Post-Arbitration Philippine Challenge forum at Malcolm Theater, UP College of Law on July 15, 2016

China downplays lifting of presidential term limit

Mar 04, 2018 - 4:02 PM

'It is conducive to uphold the authority of the Central Committee of the party with comrade Xi Jinping at the core and also to unify leadership,' says a party spokesman

TERM LIMIT ISSUE. China's President Xi Jinping attends a meeting with Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing on December 5, 2017. File photo by Fred Dufour/AFP pool

China 'won't sit idly by' if US harms trade

Mar 04, 2018 - 1:55 PM

(UPDATED) 'China doesn't want a trade war with the United States,' says China National People's Congress spokesman Zhang Yesui

CHINA RESPONDS. China leader Xi Jinping delivers a speech at the opening session of the Chinese Communist Party's Congress at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. File photo by Nicolas Asfouri/AFP

China's foreign minister slams Trump tariffs on steel, aluminum

Mar 03, 2018 - 7:41 PM

'Many European countries and Canada have all said they cannot accept this,' adds Foreign Minister Wang Yi

US TARIFFS. In this file photo, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi speaks during a joint press conference with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Beijing on April 29, 2016. Photo by Greg Baker/AFP