Rappler's latest stories on China relations
The Gem-Ver fishermen were abandoned many times, once at sea, but over and over in politics and government positions taken
'We are not going to give in to this type of threat. Never. We have freedom of expression in Sweden and that's how it is, period,' says Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven
Gem-Ver’s fishermen says they expected a new boat from China. They receive a battered, second-hand vessel ripped apart by a typhoon just weeks later
The government realizes the need to establish a military presence on the northern frontier island where a Chinese company plans to build a business hub
(UPDATED) After 5 months of waiting, the fishermen of Gem-Ver say they are ready to return to the site where they almost died in June
Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana says they will 'think thrice, even 4 times,' after senators raised serious security concerns over Dito Telecommunity's plan to build cell sites within military properties
The military's co-location deals with Smart Communications, Globe Telecom, and Dito Telecommunity are prone to spying, experts say, but Dito's link to the Chinese government means the third telco poses a greater threat
Part 1: Rappler obtains copies of the military’s co-location agreements with Dito Telecommunity, Globe Telecom, and Smart Communications. Security analysts say the arrangements leave military communications open to intercepts.
'Full Extent of Our Sovereignity. Full stop,' says Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr
Retired SC justice Antonio Carpio urges UP law alumni to practice their profession in the service of Filipinos, which is practicing law 'in the grand manner'
Immigration chief Jaime Morente says the policy update is a better security protocol because 'sheets of papers can easily be lost'
Batangas City commends the 'exemplary courage' of seasoned seaman Manolo Ebora, who calls on the government to also make a stand for Filipinos' rights in the West Philippine Sea
Set to leave the Philippines in November, outgoing China Ambassador to the Philippines Zhao Jianhua pays a farewell call to House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano, who had been praised as one of China's 'best friends'
Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano also does not want to use the term 'harassment' to refer to a 'Chinese naval warship' ordering a Filipino-crewed commercial ship to change course in Scarborough Shoal
'We stick our noses in and 400,000 Filipino mariners get embroiled in a maritime issue,' says Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr
'It's not a Philippine vessel,' says Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo, when asked about the incident involving a Filipino-crewed commercial ship and a 'Chinese warship'
The defense chief also says the encounter between a Chinese vessel that claimed to be a warship and the Filipino crew of a commercial ship ‘should not be blown out of proportion or sensationalized’
The defense chief also rebuts the 'Chinese naval warship' crew’s claim that Panatag Shoal is ‘under the jurisdiction of the Chinese government’
'We will verify the facts of the incident then relevant offices will make the appropriate recommendations,' says the Department of Foreign Affairs
The Chinese vessel insists that the commercial ship change course to avoid the shoal, and then tails it to make sure it stays away from the Chinese-controlled area in the West Philippine Sea
Retired Supreme Court senior associate justice Antonio Carpio says the fact oil and gas exploration will be done through a service contract means China will be recognizing Philippine sovereign rights in the West Philippine Sea
The official establishment of the Philippines-China intergovernmental joint steering committee brings the two countries closer to exploiting natural resources in the West Philippine Sea
The Philippines and China are also considering fisheries cooperation, maritime search and rescue, and maritime safety initiatives
'That should be one of our most basic demands: that before we enter into a contract with them, they recognize first our ownership and our sovereignty over those [areas],' says Vice President Leni Robredo
(UPDATED) The Panay-Guimaras bridge, Davao City Expressway, and Marawi sports complex are among the projects that have gained traction following the meeting between Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III and Chinese Vice Premier Hu Chunhua
It’s one thing for presidents – or any leader for that matter – to make mistakes. But it’s a different thing altogether for them to give up as a matter of habit.
Hu is set to meet President Rodrigo Duterte and hold discussions with government economic managers to 'fast-track the implementation of the key infrastructure projects under Chinese financing'
The defense chief says he 'most probably will sign' the agreement between the military and Dito Telecommunity, but holds off while the Senate reviews its security implications
The Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative says its new findings strongly suggest that the Chinese ship does not operate solely as a commercial fishing ship and 'raises the question of whether the collision with the Gem-Ver was intentional'
On Monday, October 14, Rappler editor-at-large Marites Vitug talks to Jeffrey Ordaniel of Tokyo International University to assess President Rodrigo Duterte's pivot to China
As the People’s Republic of China celebrates 70 years since its founding anniversary, the Asian giant has gone from poor neighbor to rich neighbor – and bully – of the Philippines
As Chinese vessels of all sorts come and go through Philippine waters, exactly who among security officials is keeping count, and who's telling whom what to do?
Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr makes the statement after Armed Forces of the Philippine Chief of Staff Noel Clement told senators of the Chinese ships' presence near Ayungin Shoal
The national security adviser says this is a way to demonstrate ownership of these islands, including Fuga, where a Chinese company plans to build a ‘smart city’
Following ex-DFA chief Albert del Rosario's suggestion will only have an 'adverse effect' on the Philippines' and China's 'friendly talks' on the West Philippine Sea, says the Palace
Chinese fishing vessels complement Chinese naval and coast guard ships, and could be used for 'asymmetric warfare of sea control and sea denial' against Filipinos, the defense department says in a report to a lawmaker
(UPDATED) Within days of each other, President Rodrigo Duterte and Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte hold a meeting with Communist Party Secretary of Chongqing Chen Min'er
Senator Leila de Lima hits the 'gall of the President to even think of setting aside our legal victory at The Hague' in favor of the joint exploration deal with China in the West Philippine Sea
A senator and a security expert say the deal exposes the Philippine military to Chinese spying at a time when other countries are shunning Chinese technology companies
'Why are the President and his administration the very ones who undermine our decisive victory before the arbitral tribunal in 2016 with remarks such as this?' asks Vice President Leni Robredo
Former foreign secretary Albert del Rosario says the Duterte government has a choice not to set aside the historic ruling as a service contract arrangement would remain faithful to both the Constitution and the ruling
Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr says this is because the memorandum of understanding is clear the venture will be done without prejudice to Manila and Beijing's claims in the West Philippine Sea
After repeatedly saying he will assert the Hague ruling before China, President Rodrigo Duterte says the landmark decision can be ignored
Once before Filipino fishermen could make as many trips as they wanted to Scarborough Shoal and easily bring home 4 tons of fish each trip. Now they're lucky to haul in a third of what they used to.
President Rodrigo Duterte admits having no plan to assert Philippine rights using the Hague ruling, apart from mentioning it in a meeting with Chinese leader Xi Jinping
Meanwhile, Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr says China 'wants to ask permission' for its ships' passage
'Even if I believe that filing diplomatic protests is like throwing paper at a brick wall, I do it,' the Philippines' top diplomat Teodoro Locsin Jr tells a panel of lawmakers
As he enters the last phase of his term, can Duterte afford to appear and sound like a wimp alongside his fellow Southeast Asian leaders? And for what? For China’s empty promises and intrusions into our territories?
'Let us trust, but we must also be cautious,' says Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana