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U.S. approves potential $2.2 billion arms sale to Taiwan

Jul 09, 2019 - 11:06 AM

The announcement is likely to anger Beijing, which views Taiwan as part of its territory and has previously expressed 'serious concerns' about the possible sale

FIREPOWER. File photo of an Abrams tank.

[ANALYSIS] Now’s the best time to rethink China policy

Jun 14, 2019 - 9:44 AM

The Philippines should not be timid in resisting China’s bullying tactics at sea

China says US 'playing with fire' over Taiwan

May 31, 2019 - 11:50 AM

'The US recently often played the Taiwan card, in a vain attempt to use Taiwan to contain China. This is purely wishful thinking,' says a Chinese defense ministry spokesman

Dutertismo and the West Philippine Sea: Year One

Jun 30, 2017 - 4:43 PM

Despite its apparent benefits Duterte s policy has not generated any assurance that China will not impose itself and its pre emptive claim over waters and resources that legally pertain to the Philippines

Taiwan backlash over Emirates flag ban

May 31, 2017 - 3:35 PM

A leaked internal email apparently from an Emirates manager and circulated by local media ordered Taiwanese airline staff to replace the island s flag pin worn on their waistcoats with a Chinese pin

UP IN THE AIR. In this file photo, Emirates Airlines flight attendants serve passengers during a demonstration flight of the Boeing 777 long-haul aircraft in Dubai, 07 September 2007.  Karim Sahib/AFP

Duterte’s China policy shift: Strategy or serendipity?

May 25, 2017 - 8:05 PM

President Duterte’s strategy of de emphasizing and compartmentalizing while not abandoning the territorial and maritime issues is a wise move that can pay off if done smartly


PH plans for Pag-asa to test Duterte's friendship with China

Apr 27, 2017 - 8:00 AM

(UPDATED) How far China goes to react to Philippine plans to develop Pag-asa island – and how President Rodrigo Duterte responds – will show how the friendship between the two countries really works

IT IS OURS. Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana lays down plans to develop facilities in Pag-Asa Island in the West Philippine Sea. Rappler photo

China's premier rules out Taiwan, Hong Kong independence

Mar 05, 2017 - 11:07 AM

Li Keqiang: People on both sides of the Taiwan Strait should keep in mind the greater interests of the nation

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang delivers his report during the opening session of the National People's Congress, China's legislature, in Beijing's Great Hall of the People on March 5, 2017. Wang Zhao/AFP

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Feb 10, 2017 - 8:19 PM

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Trump backs 'One China' policy in first call with Xi

Feb 10, 2017 - 1:12 PM

UPDATED President Trump agreed at the request of President Xi to honor our One China policy the White House says in a statement

'ONE CHINA' POLICY. The White House says US President Donald Trump agreed to honor America's 'One China' policy. Xi file photo by Oliver Bunic/AFP; Trump file photo by Brian Blanco/Getty Images/AFP

China flexes military muscle before Trump takes office

Dec 28, 2016 - 3:13 PM

China demonstrates its naval capacity amid mounting concern on the mainland about US President elect Donald Trump s suggestion that he would consider recognizing Taiwan as an independent nation

CHINA'S MESSAGE TO TRUMP? China sends its only aircraft carrier to the Pacific following US President-elect Donald Trump's suggestion he will recognize the independence of Taiwan. File photo

Beijing 'seriously concerned' by Trump's One China remarks – gov't

Dec 12, 2016 - 3:38 PM

UPDATED If the One China principle is compromised or disrupted the sound and steady growth of China US relations as well as bilateral cooperation in major fields would be out of the question

A Chinese woman adjusts a Chinese flag near US flags during the US-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue held at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing on July 10, 2014. Ng Han Guan/Pool/AFP

Duterte on killings, CHED chairperson, Donald Trump | Midday wRap

Dec 12, 2016 - 12:27 PM

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Chinese media warn 'immature' Trump over Taiwan policy

Dec 12, 2016 - 11:33 AM

Chinese media warns Donald Trump that the one China policy is non negotiable and dropping it could lead to Beijing supporting US enemies

This file photo taken on December 9, 2016 shows US President-elect Donald Trump speaking during the USA Thank You Tour in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Don Emmert/AFP

Trump questions 'one China policy' without Beijing concessions

Dec 12, 2016 - 12:35 AM

UPDATED I don t want China dictating to me says US President elect Donald Trump

(FILES) This file photo taken on December 9, 2016 shows US President-elect Donald Trump speaks at a "get-out-the-vote" rally in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. President-elect Donald Trump rejected the CIA's reported conclusion that Russia intervened to help him win the US election, saying in an interview broadcast Sunday that the idea is "ridiculous." "I think it's just another excuse. I don't believe it," Trump said in an interview with Fox News December 11, 2016.  / AFP PHOTO / DON EMMERT

#AnimatED: Strategic patience in negotiating with China

Jul 18, 2016 - 9:00 AM

The Duterte government needs to move out of its shock and awe mode and map out a strategy to make China comply with Hague ruling

Taiwan's Tsai urges China to heal Tiananmen pain

Jun 04, 2016 - 3:11 PM

Ties with China have rapidly cooled since Beijing sceptic Tsai Ing wen won the presidency in January with China highly distrustful of her traditionally independence leaning Democratic Progressive Party

COOL OFF. Taiwan's new President Tsai Ing-wen inspects military units as ties between the island and mainland China turn frosty following rapprochement for 8 years under a Beijing-friendly Kuomintang government. Photo by Sam Yeh/ AFP

Beijing warns will cut contacts if Taiwan doesn't toe line

May 21, 2016 - 5:35 PM

China s warning comes a day after new president Tsai Ing wen s inauguration speech where she called for positive dialogue with the Chinese mainland but stopped short of any compromise on Beijing’s demands

FIRST FEMALE PRESIDENT. Taiwan's new President Tsai Ing-wen speaks during her inauguration ceremony in Taipei on May 20. Photo by Sam Yeh/ AFP

US plans to sell warships to Taiwan

Dec 17, 2015 - 9:10 AM

The massive contract comes at a time of reconciliation between China and Taiwan – separated since 1949 – but also of worries by Washington that Beijing is militarizing part of the South China Sea

Poe on West PH Sea row: PH shouldn't rely on US

Jun 11, 2015 - 4:13 PM

The neophyte senator supports the strategy taken by the Aquino administration in its dispute with China while nurturing overall bilateral ties with the economic giant

CHINA'S RUNWAY IN THE SPRATLYS? The Fiery Cross Reef is the site of China's first runway in the Spratlys, where a US spy plane was also challenged in April

Resurgent Taiwan opposition says China strategy must change

Jan 21, 2015 - 9:39 PM

The relationship must be examined and adjusted so as to ensure further development of the ties in a healthy balanced and orderly manner says Democratic Progressive Party chairwoman Tsai Ing wen

In this file photo, supporters of Taiwan's ruling Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) wave campaign flags near the Taipei 101 skyscraper at a campaign rally ahead of local elections in Taipei, Taiwan, 22 November 2014. David Chang/EPA

Taiwan 'regrets' embarrassing Washington with flag-raising

Jan 07, 2015 - 4:28 PM

Taiwan s flag was raised over its de facto embassy in Washington on New Year s Day for the first time since the US switched diplomatic recognition from Taipei to Beijing in 1979

This handout photo released by the Taiwan Foreign Ministry on January 7, 2015 shows a flag-raising ceremony that took place at Taiwan's US de facto embassy in Washington DC on January 1, 2015. Taiwan Foreign Ministry/AFP

Guatemala ex-leader gets 6 years in US for bribery scandal

May 23, 2014 - 9:29 AM

Former Guatemalan president Alfonso Portillo has agreed to re pay the 2 5 million bribe he had received from Taiwan in exchange for its diplomatic recognition over mainland China

Former Guatemala president Alfonso Portillo

US plans first cabinet visit to Taiwan in 14 years

Apr 13, 2014 - 12:59 PM

The trip would be the first by a cabinet level US official to Taiwan since 2000 when then US president Bill Clinton sent transportation secretary Rodney Slater

How important is Taiwan for PH?

May 16, 2013 - 7:57 AM

As economic sanctions loom over the Philippines as a result of the increasing tension between the Philippines and Taiwan what kind of effect will it have on the two countries?

China wants probe into Taiwanese fisherman's death

May 15, 2013 - 1:25 PM

China which claims Taiwan as a province said that it is an obligation for the mainland to protect Taiwan s citizens

EVADING RESPONSIBILITY. Taiwan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs the Philippines "continues to evade responsibility for the shooting" of Hung Shih-cheng, a Taiwanese fisherman