China jabs back at Trump's barb over South China Sea

Sep 20, 2017 - 7:15 PM

The spokesman also calls for 'restraint' in response to Trump's warning that he will 'totally destroy' North Korea if it threatens the US or its allies

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

Davaoeños to export lapu-lapu to Xiamen

Sep 19, 2017 - 9:50 PM

Once the fish fry sent here from China have become fully-grown and have reproduced, they will be exported back to Xiamen, where the market price of the said commodity hovers at around P3,000 per kilo

A CATCH. Importers from Xiamen are preparing to ship 100,000 grouper fry from the fishermen in Davao. Rappler file photo

Beijing, Shanghai shut down bitcoin exchanges – media

Sep 19, 2017 - 7:24 PM

A Beijing-based regulator required all exchanges in the city to submit a plan by 6:00 pm on September 20 for winding down their operations, according to the official Xinhua news agency

China, Russia urge end to North Korea vicious cycle

Sep 19, 2017 - 1:07 PM

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi and his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov urges all parties to seek a 'peaceful resolution' to the current stand-off with Pyongyang over its nuclear weapons program

This undated picture released from North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on September 16, 2017 shows North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un inspecting a launching drill of the medium-and-long range strategic ballistic rocket Hwasong-12 at an undisclosed location. KCNA via KNS / AFP

LIVE: Senate hearing on the P6.4B worth of shabu shipment from China

Sep 19, 2017 - 5:40 AM

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GM to recall 2.5M vehicles in China over Takata airbags

Sep 18, 2017 - 3:10 PM

GM and its joint venture partner Shanghai GM will start withdrawing vehicles fitted with the potentially faulty airbags beginning next month and will include Chevrolet and Buick cars

PRODUCTION LINE. In this file photo, laborers work in the Qingdao branch of SAIC-GM-Wuling Automobile in Qingdao, east China's Shandong province on January 9, 2014. Stringer/AFP

Top Chinese bitcoin exchange shuts down

Sep 14, 2017 - 10:54 PM

BTCC – China s second bitcoin platform in terms of volume and the world s third largest – says on its Twitter account that after carefully considering the announcement by Chinese regulators it will stop all trading on September 30

Bye bye Basi: World's oldest captive panda dies

Sep 14, 2017 - 4:40 PM

She died of old age liver cirrhosis and kidney failure

BYE BYE BASI. This handout picture taken on September 13, 2017 and received on September 14 from the Straits Giant Panda Research and Exchange Center shows the body of giant panda 'Basi' surrounded by flowers after her death in Fuzhou, China's eastern Fujian province. Straits Giant Panda Research and Exchange Center / Handout / AFP

China aims to extend ethanol fuel usage countrywide by 2020

Sep 13, 2017 - 5:52 PM

At the moment biofuels account for just one percent of the total petroleum products consumed in China the world s largest automobile market

China backs Myanmar government efforts to 'safeguard stability'

Sep 12, 2017 - 5:01 PM

China foreign ministry: We support Myanmar s efforts in upholding peace and stability in the Rakhine state We hope order and the normal life there will be recovered as soon as possible

NEEDING AID. Newly arrived Rohingya refugees scuffle for relief supplies at Kutupalong refugee camp in the Bangladeshi locality of Ukhia on September 9, 2017. Munir Uz Zaman/AFP

UN unanimously backs new sanctions on North Korea

Sep 12, 2017 - 7:35 AM

The resolution caps tough negotiations during which the United States dropped initial demands for a full oil embargo and a freeze on the foreign assets of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in a bid to win support from China and Russia

The Security Council unanimously adopts resolution 2375 (2017), condemning the sixth nuclear test of the Democratic People'€™s Republic of Korea (DPRK), and extending the targets and scope of the sanctions regime imposed on that country, September 11, 2017 at the United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Mark Garten

U.S. softens North Korea resolution ahead of UN vote

Sep 11, 2017 - 12:49 PM

UPDATED The new draft moderates the toughest parts of the original proposal with a potentially crippling oil embargo on North Korea to be introduced progressively diplomats say

Residents watch a big video screen on Mirae Scientists Street in Pyongyang showing newsreader Ri Chun-Hee as she announces the news that the country has successfully tested a hydrogen bomb on September 3, 2017. Kiim Won-Jin/AFP

China mulls petrol car ban, boosting electric vehicles

Sep 11, 2017 - 12:31 PM

As the measure looms foreign auto makers have announced plans to boost the production of electric cars in China

ELECTRIC RIDES. A man walks past electric cars and tricycles on a sidewalk in Beijing on April 25, 2017. Greg Baker/AFP

China: UN should take 'necessary measures' on North Korea

Sep 07, 2017 - 3:32 PM

Foreign Minister Wang Yi: We believe that sanctions and pressure are only half of the key to resolving the issue The other half is dialogue and negotiation

In this file photo, people watch a television display at a train station in Seoul on September 3, 2017 showing a news broadcast about North Korea's latest nuclear test. Ed Jones/AFP

Trillanes: Is Paolo Duterte part of a Chinese organized crime group?

Sep 07, 2017 - 12:18 PM

Senator Antonio Trillanes IV accuses the presidential son of being part of a triad as proven by the tattoo on his back

Davao City Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte and President Duterte's son-in-law Atty. Mans Carpio attend thr Senate hearing on the P6.4B BOC shabu smuggling on September 7, 2017. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

U.S. pushes oil embargo on North Korea, takes aim at Kim Jong-Un

Sep 07, 2017 - 7:43 AM

The draft UN Security Council resolution takes aim directly at North Korea s leadership proposing a freeze on Kim s assets as well as those of the ruling Worker s Party of Korea and the government

Residents watch a big video screen on Mirae Scientists Street in Pyongyang showing newsreader Ri Chun-Hee as she announces the news that the country has successfully tested a hydrogen bomb on September 3, 2017. Kiim Won-Jin/AFP

Vietnam slams China over military drills in disputed sea

Sep 06, 2017 - 1:20 PM

UPDATED Hanoi condemns Beijing s latest military drills in the Paracel Islands a contentious archipelago claimed by both sides

China blocking rights activists, harassing experts at UN – HRW

Sep 05, 2017 - 9:22 PM

In its report Human Rights Watch accuses Chinese officials of routinely photographing and filming activists on UN premises in violation of UN rules and barring Chinese activists from travelling to the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva

KENNETH ROTH. Executive Director of international non-governmental organization Human Rights Watch (HRW) Kenneth Roth poses for a picture during an interview with AFP on the eve of the launch of a new report by the NGO in Geneva on September 4, 2017. Photo by Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

Hong Kong radio replaces BBC with Chinese programming

Sep 05, 2017 - 3:11 PM

Hong Kong s public radio station replaces its 24 hour BBC World Service broadcast with Chinese state run programming

A general view shows the skyline of the Central district of Hong Kong on June 27, 2017. Anthony Wallace/AFP

North Korea 'begging for war' after nuke test – U.S.

Sep 05, 2017 - 7:46 AM

UPDATED The US accuses North Korea of begging for war and pushes for the strongest possible measures on Pyongyang following its sixth and most powerful nuclear test

A wide view of the UN Security Council emergency meeting to consider the hydrogen bomb for intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) test, conducted by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), on 4 September 2017. UN Photo/Evan Schneider

China, Russia at UN urge talks with North Korea

Sep 04, 2017 - 11:33 PM

Russia backs China s proposal for a freeze on North Korea s nuclear and missile tests in exchange for a suspension of US South Korea military drills

HYDROGEN BOMB. Residents watch a big video screen on Mirae Scientists Street in Pyongyang showing newsreader Ri Chun-Hee as she announces the news that the country has successfully tested a hydrogen bomb on September 3, 2017. Photo by Kim Won-Jin/AFP

Japan, China say no radiation detected after North Korea nuke test

Sep 04, 2017 - 12:58 PM

Fears of a leak from North Korea s detonation of what it claimed was a hydrogen bomb came after Chinese monitors detected a second tremor shortly after the initial earthquake triggered by the blast

BORDER BRIDGE. The sun sets over the Friendship bridge on the Yalu River connecting the North Korean town of Sinuiju and Dandong in the Chinese border city of Dandong on July 5, 2017. Nicolas Asfouri/AFP

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Sep 04, 2017 - 12:56 PM

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BRICS leaders 'strongly deplore' North Korea nuclear blast

Sep 04, 2017 - 8:27 AM

UPDATED BRICS is already struggling to live down doubts about its own cohesion that have spiked since nuclear armed China and India engaged in a protracted standoff over a disputed Himalayan region

Delegates arrive prior to the opening ceremony of the BRICS Business Forum in Xiamen, Fujian province on September 3, 2017. Fred Dufour/Pool/AFP

U.S. warns North Korea of 'massive military response' after nuke test

Sep 04, 2017 - 7:31 AM

US Defense Secretary Mattis: We are not looking to the total annihilation of a country namely North Korea But as I said we have many options to do so

PUBLIC ANNOUNCEMENT. Residents watch a big video screen on Mirae Scientists Street in Pyongyang showing newsreader Ri Chun-Hee as she announces the news that the country has successfully tested a hydrogen bomb on September 3, 2017. Kim Won-Jin/AFP

Game changer: China's first stealth nuclear sub

Sep 03, 2017 - 5:30 PM

Few are aware of the greater threat of China’s nuclear attack stealth submarines lurking in the 9 dash area

Trump leads international condemnation of North Korea nuclear test

Sep 03, 2017 - 4:13 PM

UPDATED United States President Donald Trump says Pyongyang s latest actions were very hostile and dangerous

Lee Mi-Seon, a director of the National Earthquake and Volcano Center, shows a map of a North Korean location during a briefing about the 'artificial earthquake' in North Korea, at the Korea Meteorological Administration in Seoul on September 3, 2017. Jung Yeon-Je/AFP

North Korea declares H-bomb test 'a perfect success'

Sep 03, 2017 - 12:12 PM

6th UPDATE It marks a very significant occasion in attaining the final goal of completing the state nuclear force says a Pyongyang newsreader

IN THE NEWS. People watch a television display at a train station in Seoul on September 3, 2017 showing a news broadcast about North Korea's latest possible nuclear test. Ed Jones/AFP

U.S. planning more regular South China Sea patrols – report

Sep 02, 2017 - 3:03 PM

The Wall Street Journal says the aim is to create a more consistent posture to counter China s maritime claims

DESTROYER. The guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain (DDG 56) on June 26, 2017. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Joshua Mortensen/Released

Sour note: China bans parodies of national anthem

Sep 01, 2017 - 10:23 PM

The March of the Volunteers can no longer be played as background music in public places and inappropriate private performances of the song are also forbidden it said

NO DISRESPECT. China will be banning parodies of its national anthem. Background image from Wikipedia by Diantong Pictorial.

Chinese Communist Party congress set for October 18 – state media

Aug 31, 2017 - 7:11 PM

The congress will decide a new line up for the all powerful Politburo Standing Committee the group of 7 politicians who run the world s second largest economy

XI JINPING. Chinese President Xi Jinping attends a meeting with his Serbian counterpart at the Palace of Serbia in Belgrade on June 18, 2016. File photo by Oliver Bunic/AFP

China says it hopes India will 'learn lessons' from standoff

Aug 30, 2017 - 3:04 PM

Foreign Minister Wang Yi: Of course we hope the Indian side will learn lessons from this incident and prevent similar things from happening again

BORDER SECURITY. This file photo taken on July 10, 2008 shows a Chinese soldier (L) gesturing next to an Indian soldier at the Nathu La border crossing between India and China in India's northeastern Sikkim state. Diptendu Dutta/AFP

WATCH: Surviving baby panda closely monitored at French zoo

Aug 30, 2017 - 10:55 AM

The first baby panda born in France is now nearly a month old and in good health growing under the watchful eyes of his mother and zookeepers

MOTHER AND CHILD. This photograph taken on August 28, 2017, shows female panda Huan Huan holding her cub inside her enclosure at The Beauval Zoo in Saint-Aignan-sur-Cher, central France. Guillaume Souvant/AFP

North Korea says more missiles to come as UN condemns launch

Aug 30, 2017 - 7:15 AM

UPDATED The launch of the Hwasong 12 intermediate range missile was supervised by leader Kim Jong Un the official Korean Central News Agency reports

ALERT. Pedestrians watch the news on a huge screen displaying a map of Japan (R) and the Korean Peninsula, in Tokyo on August 29, 2017, following a North Korean missile test that passed over Japan. Toshifumi Kitamura/AFP

At least 15 dead in China landslide

Aug 29, 2017 - 7:07 PM

National authorities issue a grade IV emergency response for Bijie the lowest in a four tier alert system

CHINA LANDSLIDE RESCUE. Rescuers carry the body of a victim at the site of a landslide in Bijie in China's southwestern Guizhou province on August 29, 2017. Photo by AFP

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Aug 29, 2017 - 6:47 PM

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China says North Korea tensions reached 'tipping point'

Aug 29, 2017 - 3:56 PM

UPDATED Foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying reiterates Beijing s call for peace talks saying pressure and sanctions against North Korea cannot fundamentally solve the issue

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PH removes pole marker planted on West PH Sea island

Aug 29, 2017 - 3:44 PM

It was not a Chinese flag says Armed Forces chief General Eduardo Año

KOTA ISLAND. The Philippine military removes a pole marker planted on one of the country's islands in the disputed West Philippine Sea. Screenshot of Google Maps

India says troops 'disengaging' after stand-off with China

Aug 28, 2017 - 3:20 PM

The foreign ministry says it has reached an understanding after talks with Beijing on the confrontation in an area near the Indian border that is claimed by both China and Bhutan

SECURE CROSSING. This file photo taken on July 10, 2008 shows a Chinese soldier (L) next to an Indian soldier at the Nathu La border crossing between India and China in India's northeastern Sikkim state. File photo by Diptendu Dutta/AFP

At 50, ASEAN faces unpleasant reality check

Aug 27, 2017 - 10:35 AM

At 50 can ASEAN step forward to be the agenda setter putting in place the rules and norms of a regional order governed by international law?

Second storm hits Hong Kong and Macau amid typhoon recovery

Aug 27, 2017 - 10:07 AM

UPDATED Both cities raise a Typhoon 8 signal the third highest warning level as severe tropical storm Pakhar makes landfall in the region

SECOND STORM. Tropical storm Pakhar in a satellite image from NOAA August 27, 2017. Image courtesy NOAA

Malacañang says no more Chinese flag near Kota Island

Aug 24, 2017 - 1:20 PM

UPDATED Philippine Presidential Spokesman Ernesto Abella says he got this assurance from a reliable source

Duterte meets with chief of U.S. Pacific Command

Aug 23, 2017 - 7:12 PM

On the same day Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte receives officers of the China Communications Construction Company

PACOM CHIEF. President Rodrigo Duterte meets with Admiral Harry Harris Jr, commander of the US Pacific Command, who paid a courtesy call on the President in Malacañang on August 23, 2017. Malacañang photo

Auction for new Clark airport terminal starts

Aug 23, 2017 - 6:15 PM

The Bases Conversion and Development Authority names 7 prospective bidders including two Chinese firms once banned by the World Bank as well as the concessionaire of the award winning Mactan Cebu International Airport

NEW TERMINAL. The creation of a new passenger airport terminal in Clark is seen to increase passenger capacity by 8 million per year, from the existing 4.2 million passengers per year. Artist perspective courtesy of BCDA

Chinese flag planted near PH-controlled Kota Island – Alejano

Aug 22, 2017 - 3:16 PM

Citing sources the Magdalo representative says a Chinese civilian ship planted the flag in an area in the West Philippine Sea South China Sea 3rd week of July

MONITORING. Magdalo Representative Gary Alejano shows a map to illustrate China's alleged acitivities in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea). Photo by Bea Cupin/Rappler

Jailed Hong Kong activist Wong back in court

Aug 22, 2017 - 2:56 PM

Jailed pro democracy activist Joshua Wong is in court again on more protest related charges

Nathan Law (R) and Joshua Wong (L), leaders of Hong Kong's 'Umbrella Movement', talk as they arrive to address the media before their sentencing outside the High Court in Hong Kong on August 17, 2017. Anthony Wallace/AFP

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Aug 22, 2017 - 1:53 PM

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Cayetano conceals facts about China ships near Sandy Cay

Aug 22, 2017 - 12:55 PM

While keeping the facts secret Secretary Cayetano hits Justice Carpio for using the wrong facts about Sandy Cay near Pag asa Island in the disputed West Philippine Sea

CONCEALING FACTS. Philippine Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano refuses to disclose the facts about the Chinese ships reportedly guarding Sandy Cay near Pag-asa Island in the West Philippine Sea. Screen grab from Rappler video

Duterte: Why should I defend West PH Sea sandbar?

Aug 22, 2017 - 1:45 AM

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte says the presence of Chinese ships in Sandy Cay near Pag asa Island does not count as invasion

Crowds rally in Hong Kong after activists jailed

Aug 20, 2017 - 6:41 PM

UPDATED The Hong Kong government says the previous custodial terms given to the 3 young activists were too light and did not serve as a deterrent