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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 tells the world bedtime stories in propaganda drive

May 13, 2017 - 1:01 PM

State run media bombards the internet with a series of videos touting Xi Jinping s One Belt One Road Initiative ahead of a two day summit on the project

CHINESE LEADER. This file photo taken on September 3, 2016 shows China's President Xi Jinping speaking during the opening ceremony of the B20 Summit prior to the G20 Summit in Hangzhou. Photo by Aly Song/AFP

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Oct 25, 2016 - 1:11 PM

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China gives PH millions after Super Typhoon Lawin

Oct 24, 2016 - 10:44 PM

Clarifying a previous statement the Philippines says it is open to receiving foreign donations for disaster victims as long as donors impose no conditions

CHINESE AID. Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines Zhao Jianhua is seen with Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte in this handout photo on October 24, 2016, as China announces millions in typhoon aid for the Philippines. Photo courtesy of Chinese embassy

Hangars prove China plan to 'militarize' islands

Aug 14, 2016 - 7:15 AM

China wants to establish effective control over the sea and airspace in the South China Sea analyst Gregory Poling tells Rappler

FIERY CROSS REEF. Construction of fighter-jet hangars appears complete at the southern end of the runway and is well-advanced along the middle of the airstrip,€™ the AMTI says of this satellite image dated June 3. Photo courtesy of CSIS/AMTI and DigitalGlobe

Philippines eyes '2-track' talks with China

Aug 13, 2016 - 5:41 PM

Ex president Fidel V Ramos discusses this proposal at meetings with Chinese representatives in Hong Kong on a trip aimed at boosting ties

DUTERTE'S ENVOY. Former Philippine President Fidel V. Ramos speaks at the Philippine Consulate General in Hong Kong, China, on August 12, 2016. Photo by Jerome Favre/EPA

New DFA chief, China envoy talk ‘feng shui’

Mar 21, 2016 - 8:53 PM

Philippine Foreign Secretary Jose Rene Almendras says he had a very nice bilateral discussion of issues with Chinese Ambassador Zhao Jianhua

NEW TOP DIPLOMAT. Newly appointed Philippine Foreign Secretary Jose Rene Almendras holds his first newe conference as the Philippines' top diplomat on March 21, 2016. Photo by Paterno Esmaquel II/Rappler

US fears China island building in Panatag Shoal

Mar 18, 2016 - 2:22 PM

This comes as an arbitral tribunal in The Hague Netherlands is expected to rule on the Philippines’ case against China early this year

NAVAL OPS HEAD. US Chief of Naval Operations Admiral John Richardson testifies before the Senate appropriations committee, sub-committee on Defense, about the Department of Navy fiscal year 2017 budget and posture. Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Armando Gonzales/US Navy

Duterte: I'll talk to China, assert our rights

Jan 17, 2016 - 5:53 PM

Should he become president Duterte says he would tell China it is occupying Philippine territory

PH fears China air zone after test flights

Jan 07, 2016 - 2:26 PM

The Philippines says it is very concerned after China conducted test flights over the disputed South China Sea

TOP DIPLOMAT. Philippine Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario says the Philippines is 'very concerned' at China's recently conducted test flights over the South China Sea. Photo courtesy of PCA

Xi’s ‘perfect host’ gets unwanted visitor: Chinese ship

Nov 19, 2015 - 5:53 PM

Kalayaan s mayor says a Chinese ship was spotted in the West PH Sea during the Chinese President s Manila trip

APEC 2015 chairman President Benigno S. Aquino III greets People's Republic of China President Xi Jinping upon arrival for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Leaders’ Meeting (AELM) Family Photo at the Main Lobby of the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC), Cultural Center of the Philippines complex in Pasay City on Thursday (November 19, 2015). Working with this year’s theme: “Building Inclusive Economies, Building a Better World.” (Photo by Benhur Arcayan / Malacañang Photo Bureau)

APEC seating arrangement to allow Aquino, Xi to meet

Nov 12, 2015 - 1:09 PM

The Philippine and Chinese leaders can definitely meet to discuss bilateral issues during the APEC summit the event s organizer says

PH vs China: Round 2 in The Hague set Nov 24-30

Nov 10, 2015 - 10:52 PM

The Philippines aims to demolish – once and for all – China’s expansive claim over the West Philippine Sea South China Sea

TEAM PHILIPPINES. A powerhouse team represented the Philippines in The Hague, Netherlands, during the first set of hearings on Manila's case against Beijing from July 7 to 13, 2015. The Philippine delegation is set to return to The Hague from November 24 to 30, 2015, to argue the merits of the Philippines' case. Photo courtesy of PCA

Breakthrough: PH, China hold 1st meeting in 2 years

Nov 10, 2015 - 1:45 PM

UPDATED Referring to this rare bilateral meeting the Chinese Foreign Ministry says It is hoped that the Philippine side will meet China halfway

RARE MEETING. Philippine Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario (L) and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi hold a rare bilateral meeting on November 10, 2015, at the Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs in Pasay City. Photo by Mark Cristino/EPA

Aquino: How did Chinese murder suspects get guns?

Oct 27, 2015 - 9:30 PM

‘Firearms for foreigners in this country…are supposed to be subject to very stringent requirements ’ the Philippine president tells foreign correspondents

CHINESE SUSPECTS. Two Chinese nationals, a consular officer (L) and her husband (R, with handcuffs), suspects in the shooting of Chinese consul general Song Ronghua at a restaurant, talk to an interpreter (C) at a police station in Cebu City, central Philippines on October 21, 2015. Photo by AFP

PH reiterates 'peaceful solution' amid China military video

Aug 16, 2015 - 6:17 PM

The 4 minute 23 second video showcases China’s vast military power as it featured warships submarines fighter jets and aircraft carriers along its claimed waters

PAG-ASA ISLAND. The second biggest island in the disputed South China Sea is home to about a hundred Filipinos. Photo by SSg Amable Milay/Philippine Air Force

Aquino urges 'unity' vs China as issue divides PH

Jul 27, 2015 - 7:24 PM

In his last State of the Nation Address President Benigno Aquino III says reason and love of country can counter China s economic and military might

'WELCOME TO CHINA.' Chinese President Xi Jinping and Madame Peng Li Yuan welcome Philippine President Benigno Aquino III at a welcome dinner during the 22nd Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Leaders' Meeting on November 10, 2014. Photo by Gil Nartea/Malacañang Photo Bureau

IN PHOTOS: Philippines challenges China in The Hague

Jul 22, 2015 - 3:21 PM

In photos emailed to Rappler the Permanent Court of Arbitration gives us a glimpse of the closed door hearings pitting Manila against Beijing

SILENT WITNESS. The venue of the arbitration proceedings is the 100-year-old Peace Palace in The Hague, which also houses the International Court of Justice. Photo courtesy of PCA

Binay hits Philippine team vs China in The Hague

Jul 18, 2015 - 8:31 PM

Vice President Jejomar Binay is pushing for bilateral talks between Manila and Beijing because according to him the Philippines needs China s money

TEAM PHILIPPINES. The Philippine team at the Peace Palace in The Hague, Netherlands, before the start of the oral arguments in connection with the arbitration case against China. The country's delegation includes Solicitor General Florin Hilbay, Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio, Justice Secretary Leila de Lima, Presidential Adviser on Political Affairs Secretary Ronald Llamas, Speaker Feliciano "Sonny" Belmonte Jr, Executive Secretary Pacquito Ochoa Jr, Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario, Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin, Associate Justice Francis Jardeleza, Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Benjamin Caguioa, Deputy Executive Secretary for Legal Affairs Menardo Guevarra, Consul General Henry Bensurto, and legal counsels led by Paul Reichler of FoleyHoag. Photo courtesy of DFA

Vietnam, PH most concerned about China disputes

Jul 17, 2015 - 3:35 PM

The Pew Research Center however says there is little concern worldwide about territorial disputes with China

UNITED FRONT. A Vietnamese child peers from Vietnam and Philippines flags while waiting for the arrival of Vietnam Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung at Villamor Airbase in Pasay City, Philippines, on May 21, 2014. Photo by Dennis M. Sabangan/EPA

Hague tribunal sets new deadline for Philippines

Jul 14, 2015 - 9:03 AM

The Philippines ends the first two rounds of oral arguments at The Hague Netherlands in its historic case against China over the West Philippine Sea

LEGAL BATTLEGROUND. A picture made available July 28, 2014, shows the seat of the Permanent Court of Arbitration at the Vredespaleis (Peace Palace), in The Hague, the Netherlands on August 27, 2013. File photo by Guus Shoonewille/EPA

Bishops issue prayer for PH, China

Jul 13, 2015 - 6:42 PM

We cannot represent the Philippines in the international court but we can certainly represent the Philippines before God reelected CBCP head Archbishop Socrates Villegas says

OBLIGATORY PRAYER. Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines president Archbishop Socrates Villegas (C) leads the recitation of the 'oratio imperata' for peace in the West Philippine Sea, along with CBCP vice president Archbishop Romulo Valles and CBCP secretary general Fr Marvin Mejia. Photo by Roy Lagarde/Rappler

China on talks with PH: No need to drop case

Jul 11, 2015 - 1:57 PM

Chinese Ambassador Zhao Jianhua says dropping the case is not a precondition to talks but it seems the Philippine side itself shut the door to secure that they have a strong position at the tribunal

'LET'S TALK.' Chinese Ambassador to the Philippine Zhao Jianhua (L) presents his credentials to Philippine President Benigno Aquino III at the Philippine presidential palace on April 8, 2014. File photo courtesy of the Chinese Embassy

PH lawyer vs China: 'Giant slayer' who defeated US

Jul 10, 2015 - 6:58 PM

Paul Reichler the Philippines chief counsel in its case against China is known for representing small countries against big ones

TOP LAWYER. The Philippines' lead counsel against China, Paul Reichler, has defended sovereign states for more than 25 years. File photo from the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea

Tribunal sets 2nd round of PH arguments

Jul 10, 2015 - 7:58 AM

2nd UPDATE This second round of oral arguments is routine and indicates that judges want clarifications a member of the Philippine delegation tells Rappler

HIGH-CALIBER TRIBUNAL. The arbitral tribunal hearing the Philippines' case is led by Judge Thomas Mensah of Ghana, the first president of the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (C). Other members (L-R) include Judge Jean-Pierre Cot, Judge Stanislaw Pawlak, Judge Rüdiger Wolfrum, and Professor Alfred H. A. Soons. Photo courtesy of the Permanent Court of Arbitration

Filipinos' trust in China drops to all-time low

Jul 09, 2015 - 7:15 PM

An SWS survey also shows that the West Philippine Sea dispute has become the Philippines 5th most followed news event

'LONG FRIENDSHIP.' Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines Zhao Jianhua greets one of the performers at the launch of an exhibit at the Philippines' Department of Foreign Affairs on March 4, 2015. Photo courtesy of DFA

EXPLAINER: Philippines' 5 arguments vs China

Jul 09, 2015 - 1:54 PM

In a nutshell Rappler explains the Philippines 5 arguments in its historic case against China over the West Philippine Sea

TEAM PHILIPPINES. The Philippine team at the Peace Palace in The Hague, Netherlands, before the start of the oral arguments in connection with the arbitration case against China. The country's delegation includes Solicitor General Florin Hilbay, Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio, Justice Secretary Leila de Lima, Presidential Adviser on Political Affairs Secretary Ronald Llamas, Speaker Feliciano "Sonny" Belmonte Jr, Executive Secretary Pacquito Ochoa Jr, Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario, Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin, Associate Justice Francis Jardeleza, Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Benjamin Caguioa, Deputy Executive Secretary for Legal Affairs Menardo Guevarra, Consul General Henry Bensurto, and legal counsels led by Paul Reichler of FoleyHoag. Photo courtesy of DFA

PH: China 'irreversibly damaged' environment

Jul 09, 2015 - 8:38 AM

China s island building adds a new dimension to Manila s case against Beijing It wasn t part of the Philippines original arguments in January 2013

TOP GUNS. Solicitor General Florin Hilbay, Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario, and Philippine Ambassador to the Netherlands Jaime Victor Ledda discuss while waiting for oral hearings at The Hague to begin. Photo and caption courtesy of Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Abigail Valte

Vietnam, 4 countries attend PH-China hearing

Jul 08, 2015 - 9:03 PM

Next to the Philippines Vietnam is the Southeast Asian country that most actively challenges China s claim over the South China Sea

UNITED FRONT. A Vietnamese child peers from Vietnam and Philippines flags while waiting for the arrival of Vietnam Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung at Villamor Airbase in Pasay City, Philippines, on May 21, 2014. Photo by Dennis M. Sabangan/EPA

FULL TEXT: The Philippines' opening salvo at The Hague

Jul 08, 2015 - 7:15 PM

China has pursued its activities in these disputed maritime areas with overwhelming force The Philippines can only counter by invoking international law

TOP DIPLOMAT. Philippine Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario gives a statement about the South China Sea during a news conference in Manila on March 30, 2014. File photo by Noel Celis/AFP

PH to Hague tribunal: China threatens law of the sea

Jul 08, 2015 - 5:31 PM

The Philippines says UNCLOS shows that principles trump power; that law triumphs over force; and that right prevails over might

DAY TWO. The Philippine delegation waits inside a session hall at The Hague, The Netherlands, for the second day of the oral hearings on the Philippines' case against China over the South China Sea. Photo courtesy of Abigail Valte

Philippines in full force on 1st day at The Hague

Jul 08, 2015 - 7:38 AM

UPDATED The Philippine government publishes behind the scenes photos of the first day of the historic hearings about the South China Sea

TEAM PHILIPPINES. The Philippine team at the Peace Palace in The Hague, Netherlands, before the start of the oral arguments in connection with the arbitration case against China. The country's delegation includes Solicitor General Florin Hilbay, Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio, Justice Secretary Leila de Lima, Presidential Adviser on Political Affairs Secretary Ronald Llamas, Speaker Feliciano "Sonny" Belmonte Jr, Executive Secretary Pacquito Ochoa Jr, Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario, Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin, Associate Justice Francis Jardeleza, Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Benjamin Caguioa, Deputy Executive Secretary for Legal Affairs Menardo Guevarra, Consul General Henry Bensurto, and legal counsels led by Paul Reichler of FoleyHoag. Photo courtesy of DFA

PH vs China at The Hague: '80% of fish' at stake

Jul 07, 2015 - 9:15 AM

On China s ancient arguments a Supreme Court senior justice says The world has rotated a trillion times and you cannot bring this up anymore

SEA DISPUTE. A Chinese coast guard ship (top) and a Philippine supply boat engage in a standoff as the Philippine boat attempts to reach Ayungin Shoal, a reef claimed by both countries, on March 29, 2014. File photo by Jay Directo/AFP

Philippines vows to smash China's strongest argument

Jul 06, 2015 - 8:02 AM

Speaking to Rappler a Supreme Court senior justice says the UNCLOS tribunal is the only forum where we can beat China – where warships warplanes atomic bombs don’t count

BATTLEGROUND. A picture made available July 28, 2014, shows the seat of the Permanent Court of Arbitration at the Vredespaleis (Peace Palace), in The Hague, the Netherlands on August 27, 2013. File photo by Guus Shoonewille/EPA

IN PHOTOS: Tourists flock to China's APEC site

Jul 04, 2015 - 10:28 PM

For 150 yuan 24 50 each hundreds of tourists head to Yanqi Lake the site of the APEC Economic Leaders Meeting in northeastern Beijing

China urges trade with PH across 'sea of peace'

Jul 04, 2015 - 11:30 AM

The problem lies with President Aquino says a Chinese official whose grandfather was buried in the Philippines

'MARITIME SILK ROAD.' A diorama at the Quanzhou Maritime Museum in Fujian, China, depicts part of the ancient 'maritime silk road' that includes the disputed South China Sea. Photo by Paterno Esmaquel II/Rappler

Filipinos file new appeal vs China before UN bodies

Jun 25, 2015 - 8:36 AM

This new appeal comes as the Philippines prepares for oral hearings in its historic case against China before the Permanent Court of Arbitration at The Hague The Netherlands

OFF TO SEA. Filipino fishermen wave from their fishing boat as they sail off from the port of Masinloc town, Zambales province, north of Manila on May 10, 2012, for a fishing expedition near Scarborough Shoal. File photo by Ted Aljibe/AFP

China ignored new deadline in sea case – PH

Jun 17, 2015 - 6:17 PM

This comes as the Philippines airs its serious concern over China s island building in the disputed South China Sea

PH alarmed as China soon completes island building

Jun 17, 2015 - 3:32 PM

We continue to urge China to desist from its reclamation and planned construction activities the Philippines says

Philippines comforts China over sunken ship

Jun 04, 2015 - 7:44 PM

Like China to the Philippines after Yolanda the country shares the grief of China after a ship sinks in China s Yangtze River

GRIEVING COUNTRY. A picture made available on June 3, 2015, shows two women reacting as they hug each other, in a hotel for the relatives of the passengers on a capsized tourist ship, in Nanjing, Jiangsu province, China, on June 2, 2015. Photo by EPA

Filipinos split over means to resolve China row

Jun 04, 2015 - 11:08 AM

Poll results show that 47 of Filipinos believe it is better for the Philippines to have filed a case against the rising superpower versus 53 who support a diplomatic resolution

'WELCOME TO CHINA.' Chinese President Xi Jinping and Madame Peng Li Yuan welcome Philippine President Benigno Aquino III at a welcome dinner during the 22nd Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Leaders' Meeting on November 10, 2014. File photo by Gil Nartea/Malacañang Photo Bureau

Aquino repeats 'Nazi' remark vs China

Jun 03, 2015 - 6:28 PM

Referring to China Aquino also says How does fomenting tension help us achieve the primary goal of bettering the lives of our people?

AQUINO IN JAPAN. President Benigno Aquino III with Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko during the welcoming ceremony at the Grand Hall of the Imperial Palace for his state visit in Japan on June 3, 2015. Photo by Robert Vinas/Malacañang Photo Bureau

Building in Spratlys? PH 'can't even fix Manila airport'

May 01, 2015 - 12:41 PM

Denying China s claims the Philippines says it simply wants to undertake some repairs and maintenance on its existing runway in the South China Sea

DAMAGED FACILITIES. The Philippines' Rancudo Air Field on Pag-asa Island (left) and the Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Manila (right) both need repairs. File photo of NAIA by Agence France-Presse

Philippines plans to resume talks with China

Apr 25, 2015 - 7:00 AM

We really have to go back to bilateral talks Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs spokesman Charles Jose says

FRIENDLY EXCHANGES. Philippine President Benigno Aquino III (left) chat with Chinese President Xi Jinping (right) during a tree-planting ceremony as part of the 22nd Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Leaders'’ Meeting in China in November 2014. Photo from www.gov.ph

Philippines slams China for 'name-calling'

Apr 23, 2015 - 3:35 PM

The Philippines says China insults the Philippines because it is unable to defend its expansive claims and its aggressive reclamation activities

'CUTE LITTLE SUBMISSIVE'? Filipino soldiers and their US counterparts join forces in an amphibious landing operation on April 21, 2015, as part of their annual war games. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Philippines vs China hearing set in July

Apr 23, 2015 - 12:47 PM

The hearing will address China s objections to the historic case filed by the Philippines says the arbitral tribunal based in The Hague

BATTLEGROUND. A picture made available July 28, 2014, shows the seat of the Permanent Court of Arbitration at the Vredespaleis (Peace Palace), in The Hague, the Netherlands on August 27, 2013. File photo by Guus Shoonewille/EPA

Philippines to ASEAN: 'Speak in one voice' vs reclamation

Apr 21, 2015 - 2:50 PM

At the upcoming ASEAN Summit Philippines will stress the progress of China s reclamation activities since Manila raised the alarm in 2014

'ONE VOICE' SOUGHT. Leaders of ASEAN member countries join hands during the 24th ASEAN Summit Plenary in Myanmar on May 11, 2014. File photo by Ryan Lim/Malacañang Photo Bureau

China hits planned ASEAN move vs reclamation

Apr 21, 2015 - 9:15 AM

This comes as Philippine President Benigno Aquino III plans to raise China s reclamation activities as his main topic at the upcoming ASEAN summit

SLAMMING CRITICS. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei says critical Southeast Asian countries shouldn't damage ties between China and ASEAN. File photo by AFP

Aquino fears China fishing ban in disputed sea

Apr 17, 2015 - 4:05 PM

Philippine President Benigno Aquino III also hails the G7 for issuing a statement against China s artificial islands in the South China Sea

UPHOLDING SOVEREIGNTY. Philippine President Benigno Aquino III honors the Colors while singing the Philippine National Anthem during the 73rd Commemoration of the Day of Valor at the Dambana ng Kagitingan, Mt Samat Shrine in Pilar, Bataan on April 9, 2015. Photo by Ryan Lim/Malacañang Photo Bureau/PCOO

G7 foreign ministers hit China reclamation

Apr 17, 2015 - 8:51 AM

We strongly oppose any attempt to assert territorial or maritime claims through the use of intimidation coercion or force G7 foreign ministers say

VOICING CONCERN. (L-R) German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, Canadian Foreign Minister Rob Nicholson, Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida, US Secretary of State John Kerry, and European Union High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini en route to the meeting of the G7 foreign ministers in Luebeck, Germany, on April 15, 2015. The two-day gathering of envoys from France, Britain, Germany, Canada, the United States, Italy, and Japan marks the beginning of the intensive stage of Germany's chairmanship of the group. Photo by Carsten Rehder/EPA