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China hosts Japan, South Korea in show of regional unity

Aug 22, 2019 - 9:29 AM

The East Asian nations hold a three-way summit in Beijing this, with China positioning itself as mediator in a growing trade spat between Japan and South Korea

China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi (C) joins hands with South Korea's Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha (L) and Japan's Foreign Minister Taro Kono (R) ahead the ninth trilateral foreign ministers' meeting between China, South Korea and Japan at Gubei Town in Beijing on August 21, 2019.  WU HONG / POOL / AFP

North Korea reminds China of colonial history to strengthen ties

Jun 22, 2019 - 5:09 PM

With Beijing and Washington at loggerheads over trade, China is keen to remind Trump of its influence with nuclear-armed Pyongyang

A commemorative stamp featuring North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un (L) meeting with China's leader Xi Jinping is pictured at a shop in Pyongyang on June 18, 2019. - Xi Jinping will make the first trip to North Korea by a Chinese president in 14 years this week, state media said on June 18, as Beijing tightens relations with Pyongyang amid tensions with the United States. (Photo by Ed JONES / AFP)

Eyeing China, U.S. to hold missile drill in Japan's Okinawa – report

Jan 03, 2019 - 1:07 PM

The US military has told its Japanese counterpart it plans to deploy surface-to-ship missiles in the strategically important Okinawa this year for the first such drill by Japan's key ally

DRILLS. In this file photo, US aircraft carrier USS George Washington leads a US guided missile cruiser and 3 Japanese destroyers during the Keen Sword US-Japan military exercises in the Pacific Ocean, December 10, 2010. File photo by Shigeki Miyajima/Pool/AFP

Japan approves defense plan including 2 aircraft carriers

Dec 18, 2018 - 2:54 PM

The new 5-year defense plan calls for the military to upgrade two existing 'helicopter carriers' so that they will also be able to launch fighter jets

JAPAN'S MILITARY. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (L) reviews Self-Defense Force soldiers during the military review at the Ground Self-Defense Force's Asaka training ground in Asaka, Saitama prefecture, on October 14, 2018. File photo by Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP

Japan economy shrinks in Q3 as natural disasters hit

Nov 14, 2018 - 10:48 AM

Gross domestic product for the July-September period has contracted 0.3% from the previous quarter, reversing growth of 0.8% in the April-June period

ECONOMY SHRINKS. Experts say a number of natural disasters in Japan dampened personal consumption, company investment and exports. File photo from AFP

Japan PM Abe to make rare China visit

Oct 12, 2018 - 3:40 PM

Shinzo Abe will visit from October 25 to 27 and mark the 40th anniversary of the Treaty of Peace and Friendship between the two nations

ABE IN CHINA? This file photo shows Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership during the 31st ASEAN summit at Philippine International Convention Center in Pasay City Manila. File photo by Russell Palma/Pool photo

Japan overtakes China as world's no. 2 stock market

Aug 03, 2018 - 1:09 PM

Data from Bloomberg News in intra-day trade on Friday, August 3, show Chinese stocks are worth $6.09 trillion, compared with $6.17 trillion in Japan. The US market is worth $31 trillion.

WORLD'S SECOND STOCK MARKET. A man walks past a stock indicator showing share prices on the Tokyo Stock Exchange (L) and New York Dow Jones closing numbers (R) in Tokyo on July 23, 2018. File photo by Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP

World hails Trump-Kim summit as 'first step' to denuclearization

Jun 13, 2018 - 7:29 AM

Here are some of the main reactions so far

TRUMP-KIM SUMMIT. 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. Photo by Susan Walsh/AFP

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

DFA data on Benham Rise 'can be misleading' – expert

Jan 31, 2018 - 4:05 PM

'It can be misleading because it gives you the wrong impression that there are so many researches going on in Benham Rise,' says maritime expert Jay Batongbacal

EXPERT'S VIEW. Jay Batongbacal, director of the UP Institute for Maritime Affairs and Law of the Sea, says the DFA's data on Benham Rise research requests 'can be misleading.' Photo by Paterno Esmaquel II/Rappler

Japan, China talks end with friendship vows but no breakthrough

Jan 28, 2018 - 2:34 PM

(UPDATED) On a range of issues, visiting Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono comes away with little more than vague promises

MEETING WITH CHINA. Japan's Foreign Minister Taro Kono (L) speaks during a meeting with China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi (not pictured) at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing on January 28, 2018. Andy Wong/Pool/AFP

DFA vague on number of Benham Rise research requests

Jan 25, 2018 - 8:43 PM

Did DFA approve 13 marine scientific research (MSR) applications in Benham Rise for the US alone? Not necessarily.

TOP DIPLOMAT. Philippine Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano says the Philippines approved 13 marine scientific research (MSR) applications from the US, 2 from China, 9 from Japan, and 4 from Korea. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Japan says China sent nuclear-powered sub to disputed isles

Jan 15, 2018 - 4:07 PM

Tokyo's statement comes on the same day that China announced 3 of its 'Coast Guard vessels conducted a patrol in territorial waters off the Diaoyu Islands'

DISPUTED. This photo taken on October 13, 2011 shows a P-3C patrol plane of Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force flying over the disputed islets known as the Senkaku islands in Japan and Diaoyu islands in China, in the East China Sea. Japan pool via Jiji Press / File /AFP

China to help victims of Davao mall fire, Vinta in January 2018

Dec 27, 2017 - 3:30 PM

China joins Japan in committing to aid Davao City after two tragedies affected its residents just before Christmas

CHINA AID. Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte announces the Chinese government will help residents recover from two tragedies that affected her city. File photo by Mick Basa/Rappler

Trump praises Philippines for closing gender gap

Nov 11, 2017 - 8:47 AM

US President Donald Trump makes these remarks ahead of his trip to the Philippines for ASEAN 2017

TRUMP IN VIETNAM. US President Donald Trump speaks on the final day of the APEC CEO Summit, part of the broader Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) leaders' summit, in the central Vietnamese city of Danang on November 10, 2017. Photo by Anthony Wallace/Pool/AFP

Small nations, big lessons

Oct 08, 2017 - 3:00 PM

Being ambitious is not a bad thing. Small in geography need not mean 'small-country mentality and policies.'

Trump, world leaders head into stormy G20 summit

Jul 05, 2017 - 11:29 AM

3rd UPDATE The year s biggest diplomatic event outside the UN will also provide a stage for other world leaders muscling for power and regional influence

READY. Flags of participating countries and organizations stand on July 4, 2017 at the foyer of the Messehallen convention centre in Hamburg, northern Germany, venue of a two-day G20 summit. Christian Charisius/Pool/AFP

PH to 'boycott' conditional aid from 'all countries'

May 19, 2017 - 9:14 PM

Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano also praises China and Japan for helping the Philippines without conditions

FIRST DAY. Newly appointed Foreign Secretary Alan Cayetano visits DFA's passport processing area in ASEAN on his first day as top diplomat. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

ADB president: We're not rivals with China's AIIB

May 04, 2017 - 3:48 PM

Asian Development Bank s Takehiko Nakao says the financing need to develop infrastructure in Asia is so huge that the two banks must cooperate

Dev't aid 'highest ever' under Duterte – Dominguez

Jan 15, 2017 - 11:18 AM

Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III says the President through his astute diplomatic skills has raised around P890 billion in official development assistance

PH FUND RAISER. President Rodrigo Duterte shakes hands with Davao City businessmen in Marco Polo Hotel in Davao City on January 14, 2017. Photo by Karl Alonzo/PPD

Gum-chewing Duterte challenges protocol in China, Japan trips

Oct 28, 2016 - 10:39 AM

In China, Duterte chews gum beside President Xi Jinping, while in Japan, says a former government official with close ties to the Japanese embassy, he is late for a meeting with their foreign minister

DIPLOMAT-IN-CHIEF. President Rodrigo Duterte listens to the English translation of the discussion with Keidanren officials over lunch at the Prince Tower Tokyo Hotel in Japan on October 26. ALBERT ALCAIN/Presidential Photo

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Duterte assures Japan: No military alliance with China

Oct 26, 2016 - 1:24 PM

The Philippine President tells Japanese businessmen that he does not pick quarrels with our friends and neighbors but that he must stand up for the dignity of Filipinos

DUTERTE IN JAPAN. President Rodrigo Duterte is greeted by Japanese Ambassador to the Philippines Kazuhide Ishikawa upon his arrival at the Haneda International Airport in Tokyo, Japan on October 25, 2016. Photo by ALBERT ALCAIN/Presidential Photo

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Duterte to visit China, Japan, Russia

Sep 26, 2016 - 6:47 PM

His trips to China and Japan are likely to take place by the end of October while his trip to Russia may happen by the end of 2016

FOREIGN TRIPS AHEAD. In early September in Laos, President Rodrigo Duterte meets Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe who invites him to visit Japan. Photo by PPD

China flies military planes over strait near Japan

Sep 26, 2016 - 1:17 PM

UPDATED China s Air Force on Sunday September 25 sent 40 planes over the Miyako Strait between Japan s Miyako and Okinawa Islands to carry out training in the West Pacific

In this file handout picture taken and released by Japan's Joint Staff on March 9, 2014 shows a Chinese H-6 bomber flying in the air between Okinawa island and Miyako island over Japan's southern Okinawa island chain. AFP / Joint Staff Japan

Chinese ships sail near disputed islands – Japan

Sep 11, 2016 - 5:17 PM

The 4 Chinese vessels sailed into waters surrounding disputed islands in the East China Sea and left 90 minutes later the Japan Coast Guard says

China, Japan seek to improve ties as Xi, Abe meet

Sep 06, 2016 - 7:24 AM

China s leader Xi Jinping and Japan s Shinzo Abe seeks to reset their countries troubled relationship at their first meeting in over a year

RESTTING TIES. Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (L) shakes hands with China's President Xi Jinping (R) before the G20 leaders' family photo in Hangzhou on September 4, 2016. Greg Baker/AFP

Japan protests as China ships sail near disputed isles

Aug 21, 2016 - 7:35 PM

Despite Japan s repeated strong protests the Chinese side has continued to take unilateral actions that raise tensions on the ground says Tokyo s foreign ministry

epa05233131 (FILE) A file picture dated 27 April 2005 shows an aerial view of Uotsuri Island, one of disputed Senkaku islands in the East China Sea, claimed by China, Taiwan and Japan. According to media reports on 28 March 2016 Japan is opening a new radar station near the disputed East China Sea islands in order to expand its surveillance in the East China Sea. EPA/HIROYA SHIMOJI

Japan summons Chinese envoy amid ship 'incursions'

Aug 09, 2016 - 3:58 PM

This comes after China s ships were spotted near disputed East China Sea islands for a fifth straight day

This hand out picture taken on August 7, 2016 and released from the Japan Coast Guard shows the China coast guard ship 33103 sailing near the waters of disputed East China Sea islands. Japan Coast Guard/AFP

China installs radar in disputed waters – Japanese media

Aug 07, 2016 - 3:56 PM

The Japanese foreign ministry said China had placed a surface search radar and surveillance camera on one of its structures in a gas field which is claimed by both countries

This handout picture released by the Japan Coast Guard on August 6, 2016 shows the China coast guard ship 35104 sailing near the waters of disputed East China Sea islands. Japan Coast Guard handout/AFP

Japan warns China over territorial aggression

Aug 02, 2016 - 3:54 PM

UPDATED The region s superpower continues to act in an assertive manner and its actions include dangerous acts that could cause unintended consequences Tokyo says in a defense white paper

A file picture dated April 27, 2005 shows an aerial view of Uotsuri Island, one of the disputed Senkaku islands in the East China Sea. Hiroya Shimoji/EPA

Brexit to drag on global growth through 2017 – IMF

Jul 19, 2016 - 10:50 PM

The International Monetary Fund now predicts global economic growth to be 3 1 this year and 3 4 in 2017

epaselect epa05387297 An investor looks at an electronic screen showing stock market movements at a securities brokerage house in Beijing, China, 24 June 2016. Chinese mainland markets traded lower, with the Shanghai composite down 0.95 percent and the Shenzhen composite down 0.10 percent in reaction to the British EU referendum. Britons in a referendum on 23 June have voted by a narrow margin to leave the European Union (EU). Media reports on early 24 June indicate that 51.9 per cent voted in favour of leaving the EU while 48.1 per cent voted for remaining in. EPA/HOW HWEE YOUNG

Chinese spy ship entered Japan waters – Tokyo

Jun 15, 2016 - 1:59 PM

3rd UPDATE The incident comes less than a week after another of China s naval vessels sailed near islands at the center of a sovereignty dispute

National flags of Japan and China (R) are displayed at Tokyo's Haneda Airport on May 30, 2010. Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP

Japan protests as Chinese navy sails near disputed isles

Jun 09, 2016 - 11:02 AM

UPDATED The incident prompts Tokyo to summon the Chinese ambassador at around 2 am to lodge a protest

SENKAKU/DIAOYU. A file picture dated 27 April 2005 shows an aerial view of Uotsuri Island, one of the disputed Senkaku/Diaoyu islands in the East China Sea. Hiroya Shimoji/EPA

Obama wraps up historic Asia trip

May 28, 2016 - 11:30 AM

US President Barack Obama s trip provides a coda 8 months before he steps down and almost 5 years after he announced Washington s pivot to Asia

FIRST TIME. US President Barack Obama stands after laying a wreath at Hiroshima Memorial Cenotaph in Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, Hiroshima, Hiroshima Prefecture, western Japan, May 27, 2016. Obama visited Hiroshima for the first time as US President after the atomic bombing of Hiroshima City. Photo by Ma Ping/EPA

China, Japan growth to slow sharply in 2016, IMF warns

May 03, 2016 - 5:00 PM

But overall economic growth in Asia will remain strong thanks to government stimulus measures lower commodity prices and low unemployment

epa05278074 A butcher works at his stall in a wet market in Shenzhen, Guangdong Province, China, 21 April 2016, in a photo issued 26 April 2016. China's economy growth slowed to 6.7 per cent in the first quarter of the year compared to the same period last year, Gross Domestic Product (GDP) figures released by the government showed on 14 April, EPA/FREDDY CHAN

China wants 'cooperation, not confrontation' with Japan

May 01, 2016 - 9:00 AM

Various territorial and historical disputes have soured bilateral relations in the past but they have thawed more recently

MEETING IN BEIJING. Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida (L) shakes hands with China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi during a meeting at Diaoyutai State Guesthouse, in Beijing, China, April 30, 2016. Jason Lee/Pool/EPA

Japan warship visits Philippines as China sea row festers

Apr 26, 2016 - 4:40 PM

We want to deepen the relationship with the Philippines says Captain Masaki Takada as Japanese destroyer Ise docks in Subic Bay

epa05277600 Japanese helicopter carrier Ise dock at the former US naval base, Subic port, in Olongapo, Zambales province, Philippines, 26 April 2016. Ise (DDH 182) of the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF), along with four helicopters on board are in the Philippines for a four-day goodwill visit amid tension in South China sea. EPA/STR

China slams G7 statement on maritime disputes

Apr 12, 2016 - 11:38 AM

We urge G7 members to abide by their promise of not taking sides on territorial disputes

CALL FOR RESTRAINT. French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault (front R), Canadian Foreign Minister Stephane Dion (front L), European Union Deputy Secretary General for the European External Action Service (EEAS) Helga Schmid (front C), Japan's Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida (back C), US Secretary of State John Kerry (back center L) and German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier (back R) pose with other foreign ministers during the 4th session of the G7 Foreign Ministers' meeting in Hiroshima on April 11, 2016. Photo by Toshifumi Kitamura/AFP

G7 calls for restraint in Asian maritime disputes

Apr 11, 2016 - 9:40 PM

G7 countries – the US Britain Canada France Germany Italy and Japan – say they oppose provocative actions in the East and South China Seas

French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault (front R), Canadian Foreign Minister Stephane Dion (front L), European Union deputy Secretary General for the European External Action Service (EEAS) Helga Schmid (front C), Japan's Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida (back C), US Secretary of State John Kerry (back centre L) and German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier (back R) pose with other foreign ministers during the fourth session of the G7 Foreign Ministers' meeting in Hiroshima on April 11, 2016. G7 foreign ministers on April 10 began two days of talks in Hiroshima, with John Kerry's visit to the atom-bombed city -- the first-ever by a US secretary of state -- overshadowing the broader agenda. / AFP PHOTO / TOSHIFUMI KITAMURA

Aquino on Day of Valor: Remember history at this crucial time

Apr 09, 2016 - 8:29 PM

President Benigno Aquino III emphasizes the crucial crossroads the nation faces on May 9 when Filipinos elect their new set of leaders

DAY OF VALOR. President Benigno S. Aquino III delivers his speech at the 74th commemoration of the Araw ng Kagitingan (Day of Valor) on April 9, 2016. Photo by Rey Baniquet / Malacañang Photo Bureau

S. Korea says North fired missile, jammed GPS systems

Apr 01, 2016 - 1:12 PM

2nd UPDATE The launch comes as the South Korean coastguard reported that around 70 fishing vessels had been forced back to port after GPS navigation issues caused by North Korean radio wave jamming

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China protests Japanese textbook revisions on disputed islands

Mar 22, 2016 - 7:45 PM

No matter what measures Japan may take to promote or push its stance it will not change the basic fact that Diaoyu belongs to China says Beijing s foreign ministry

epa03970467 (FILE) A file picture dated 27 April 2005 shows an aerial view of Uotsuri Island, one of the disputed Senkaku islands in the East China Sea. China's air force is on 'high alert' and has sent patrols into its new air defence zone in the East China Sea, the Defence Ministry said 29 November 2013. The air defence identification zone (ADIZ) declared on 23 November covers the Japanese-controlled Senkaku islands, which lie near oil and gas reserves and are claimed by China as the Diaoyu and Taiwan as the Tiaoyutai. EPA/HIROYA SHIMOJI

Japan submarine to visit Philippines

Mar 16, 2016 - 5:50 PM

UPDATED The Oyashio vessel will be in Subic Bay for drills starting Saturday March 19 while its escort ships will also head to Vietnam

This US Navy handout image shows released 01 February, 2006 shows the Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) submarine Defense Ship (JDS) Oyashio, lead submarine of the Oyashio class, navigating through the Pearl Harbor channel in Hawaii 30 January, 2006. Oyashio will be conducting exercises and training with the US Navy in the Pearl Harbor region. AFP PHOTO/HO/US Navy/ JO2 Ryan C. McGinley/GETTY OUT / AFP / US NAVY / Ryan C. McGinley

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China slams Japan over patrol planes for PH

Mar 10, 2016 - 7:30 PM

Beijing tells Tokyo to mind its words and actions and refrain from undermining the peace and stability of the region

This file aerial view taken on July 27, 2012 shows part of the city of Sansha on the island of Yongxing, also known as Woody island in the disputed Paracel chain, which China now considers part of Hainan province. Stringer/AFP

Brrrr: Asia shivers, slips and slides in record low temperatures

Jan 25, 2016 - 2:26 PM

While the cold snap is by no means on the scale of the weather now affecting the snow bound eastern United States such temperatures are a novelty for many residents of the region

FROZEN. Ice forms on the roof of a bus stop on the slopes of Tai Mo Shan, Hong Kong's highest peak in the New Territories, in Hong Kong, China, January 24, 2016. Jerome Favre/EPA

Construction begins: Indonesia's first bullet train on the way

Jan 21, 2016 - 6:12 PM

This is a sign of major cooperation between Indonesia and China says the Indonesian president

GROUND BREAKING. Construction begins for Indonesia's first-ever high-speed railway. Photo by Uni Lubis

Indonesian high speed train to start construction 3 months after China deal

Jan 19, 2016 - 8:10 PM

The ground breaking will take place on January 21 in Walini Plantation West Java one of the station stops on the Jakarta Bandung railway

ITS A GO. This photo shows scale models of Chinese-made bullet trains. Bay Ismoyo/AFP