China-Philippines - updates

Rappler's latest stories on China-Philippines


China's expansion

Oct 09, 2019 - 7:33 PM

What the Philippines should watch out for

China at 70: 'Fantasy of cordial relations' with the Philippines

Oct 08, 2019 - 8:15 AM

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

'NEW AT 70'. Chinese participants take part in a gala in Tiananmen Square in Beijing on October 1, 2019, to mark the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People'sRepublic of China. Photo by Noel Celis/AFP

Del Rosario to Duterte gov't: Bring Hague ruling to United Nations

Aug 31, 2019 - 12:00 PM

‘It will take time and hard work, but we must do this for the sake of our many generations to come,' says former foreign secretary Albert del Rosario

ALBERT DEL ROSARIO. Former foreign secretary Albert del Rosario urges the Duterte government to bring the Hague ruling to the United Nations. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

China wants Philippines to ban online gambling

Aug 21, 2019 - 12:28 PM

China also wants to 'jointly tackle criminal activities including online gambling and cyber fraud,' saying it would help development relations between Manila and Beijing

BAN ONLINE GAMBLING. Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesman Geng Shuang says China hopes the Philippine will move to ban all forms of online gambling. Photo from website of China's Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Duterte warns foreign vessels from passing PH waters without clearance

Aug 20, 2019 - 2:09 PM

'Either we get compliance in a friendly manner or we enforce it in an unfriendly manner,' says Malacañang

WARNING. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers his speech during the Tricycle Operators and Drivers Association (TODA) Summit at the Cuneta Astrodome in Pasay City on January 23, 2019. Malacañang file photo

Rappler PLUS briefing: What do we know about China?

Jul 02, 2019 - 3:28 PM

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[ANALYSIS] China, the patron, is Duterte's reality check

Jun 19, 2019 - 11:10 AM

Duterte the patron knows what a patron expects – debt of gratitude, acquiescence despite being wronged, and the unconditional acceptance that the patron will make up for mistakes, one way or the other

Duterte, Xi agree to resolve Pag-asa Island row through talks

Apr 25, 2019 - 10:40 PM

(UPDATED) Chinese President Xi Jinping emphasizes 'good neighborliness,' while Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte says allies should strengthen, 'not destroy,' each other

PH–CHINA REAFFIRM FRIENDSHIP. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and People's Republic of China President Xi Jinping reaffirm their friendship and commitment to a stronger development partnership as they hold a bilateral meeting at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on April 25, 2019 ahead of the 2nd Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation. Malacañang photo

Duterte tells Xi: Belt and Road Forum chance to affirm valued ties

Apr 25, 2019 - 6:55 PM

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte and Chinese President Xi Jinping witness the signing of agreements on investment cooperation and funding for drug rehabilitation centers

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and People's Republic of China President Xi Jinping pose for posterity prior to the start of the bilateral meeting at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on April 25, 2019. Malacañang photo

[OPINION] The paradox of a gift: Foreign aid and its conditions

Apr 14, 2019 - 10:45 PM

Should we reject foreign aid as it is ultimately self-serving anyway? Not at all.

Only 2 in 10 Filipinos believe China has good intentions for PH

Apr 06, 2019 - 10:34 AM

Respondents of the Social Weather Stations survey are asked whether they agree or disagree with the statement, 'Most of what the Chinese government wants to happen in the Philippines is good for the Filipinos'

XI AND DUTERTE. Chinese President Xi Jinping and President Rodrigo Duterte on November 20, 2018. Screengrab from RTVM

Philippine economic team flies to China for infrastructure projects

Mar 18, 2019 - 9:05 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte's economic team will meet with Chinese counterparts to score new infrastructure deals

Chinese embassy donates ATVs for Boracay beach patrol, rescue

Mar 02, 2019 - 7:33 PM

China donates 6 ATVs to assist lifeguards when patrolling the beachfront and responding to emergencies

BEACH PATROL. The Chinese Embassy in the Philippines donated ATVs to help lifeguards patrol Boracay island's beachfront. Photo by Boy Ryan Zabal

China’s 2018 investment pledges to PH grow 20 times

Mar 01, 2019 - 5:28 PM

In total, approved investment pledges from all countries amounted to P179 billion in 2018, beating 2017’s P105.7 billion

[OPINION] Future challenges of our foreign policy

Dec 09, 2018 - 11:00 AM

The government needs to listen to our people. China needs to hear from our people.

Oil deal with China may be solution to sea dispute – Carpio

Dec 07, 2018 - 4:24 PM

That is, if China agrees to the terms in the template petroleum service contract of the Department of Energy, governed by Philippine laws

Maritime Disputes in South China Sea forum in Makati City on November 23, 2018. Photo by LeAnne/Rappler

[OPINION] Time for crazy rich change

Nov 25, 2018 - 8:25 AM

Musing on a blockbuster film amid greater China-Philippine engagement

Carpio, Del Rosario say PH 'safe' with China oil deal

Nov 23, 2018 - 10:09 PM

Acting Chief Justice Antonio Carpio and Ambassador Albert del Rosario agree that 'nothing is being given away' in the oil deal between the Philippines and China

DEFENDER. Acting Chief Justice Antonio Carpio speaks at a West Philippine Sea (South China Sea) forum in Makati on November 23, 2018. Photo by LeAnne/Rappler

Xi’s Manila visit ‘more optics than substance’

Nov 23, 2018 - 2:35 PM

It's only a reprieve. Critics warn against the implementation of the planned oil and gas deal that commits Manila to a cooperation scheme with Beijing in the West Philippine Sea.

LEISURELY DISCUSSION. Chinese President Xi Jinping (L) gestures as Philippines' President Rodrigo Duterte (R) looks on during a state banquet at the Malacanang Presidential Palace in Manila on November 20, 2018. Photo by Mark Cristino/PoolAFP

Oil and gas deal in West PH Sea 'victory for 'bully' China – Alejano

Nov 23, 2018 - 11:52 AM

'The fact that we have recognized China in sharing with [them] our own resources in our own waters is already a victory on their part,' says Magdalo Representative Gary Alejano

'VICTORY' FOR CHINA. Magdalo Representative Gary Alejano is against the oil and gas development deal signed by the Philippines and China. Screenshot from Rappler

‘No meaning’ in Palace displaying only Chinese flag during Xi visit, says Lorenzana

Nov 22, 2018 - 7:46 PM

‘They are in our land. This is our country. Perhaps that was just a show of respect to the guest,’ says Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana

MISSING. The Philippine Presidential Flag is missing during the review of honor guards by Chinese President Xi Jinping and President Rodrigo Duterte. Screenshot from RTVM

Slow China loans a blessing in disguise?

Nov 22, 2018 - 7:10 PM

Loans from China are not moving as fast as many expected, but government officials say there's an upside to that

Robredo on China deals: Don't compromise PH sovereignty

Nov 21, 2018 - 11:05 AM

'Our interests should always come first when we deepen relations with other nations,' says Vice President Leni Robredo

Vice President Leni Robredo addressed the members of Zonta Club of Metro Rizal as the organization celebrated its 27th anniversary, held at the EDSA Shangri-La Hotel on Tuesday, October 2, 2018. In her remarks, VP Leni called on the Zonta Club members to create networks that will push for wider spaces for women participation. She also urged them to “fight for the most vulnerable and bravely speak up against misogyny, discrimination, and abuse.” (Photo by OVP)

How are PH-China deals affecting Filipino communities

Nov 20, 2018 - 11:17 PM

While Xi Jinping was walking along the red carpet in Malacañang, a crowd at the Chinese Consulate in Makati City was denouncing his visit to the Philippines

NOT WELCOME. Protesters gather in front of the Chinese Embassy in Makati City to denounce the state visit of President Xi Jinping to the Philippines. Kurt Dela Peña/Rappler

Duterte, Xi 'elevate' PH-China ties, 'manage' sea row

Nov 20, 2018 - 8:19 PM

Chinese President Xi Jinping says there is wisdom in the saying, 'All creatures may grow together without harming each other'

HEADS OF STATE. Chinese President Xi Jinping and Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte wave to members of the media after inspecting the honour guard during a welcoming ceremony in Malacañang on November 20, 2018. Photo by Ted Aljibe/AFP

FAST FACTS: China's Belt and Road Initiative

Nov 20, 2018 - 4:23 PM

(UPDATED) China's 'One Belt, One Road' initiative is a revival of the ancient silk road trading route that would link Asian markets with economic circles in Europe

CHINA'S LEADER. Chinese President Xi Jinping walks past honor guards along with Philipine military chief Carlito Galvez (R) shortly after arriving at Manila international airport on November 20, 2018. Photo by Ted Aljibe/AFP

'A friend in need': China's promises to PH

Nov 20, 2018 - 11:00 AM

Rappler lists over 100 agreements and pledges that have been made between Manila and Beijing since President Rodrigo Duterte took office

IN CHARTS: Don't credit China for Philippine growth just yet

Nov 20, 2018 - 8:00 AM

The bulk of foreign direct investments and project loans still comes from traditional trade partners like Japan and the United States, and not from China

Welcome Xi Jinping? Filipinos give China 'poor' trust ratings

Nov 20, 2018 - 7:56 AM

Most Filipinos reject President Duterte's policy of inaction in the West Philippine Sea, according to a Social Weather Stations poll released on the day of Chinese President Xi Jinping's visit to the Philippines

ANTI-CHINA PROTEST. Militant groups hold a  rally in front of the Chinese embassy in Makati City on November 20, 2018, hours before the arrival of Chinese President Xi Jinping in Manila for a state visit. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Joint exploration with China, AFP in BOC, typhoon Rosita | Midday wRap

Oct 29, 2018 - 2:40 PM

Watch Rappler’s Midday newscast with Ralf Rivas

Noynoy on Duterte’s health, GMA backs Duterte, Google | Evening wRap

Aug 21, 2018 - 8:16 PM

Watch Rappler’s evening newscast with Acor Arceo

Clarkson-led Gilas falls short vs China in 2018 Asian Games

Aug 21, 2018 - 6:59 PM

The Philippines misses a chance to end a 44-year Asian Games drought against China

TOUGH LOSS. Jordan Clarkson and the Philippine men's basketball team fall short against China. Photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

Del Rosario commends rare Duterte tirade vs China

Aug 17, 2018 - 2:51 PM

'We want to respectfully commend President Duterte on his recent remarks about China's aggressive and unlawful behavior in the South China Sea,' says former foreign secretary

SOUTH CHINA SEA. Former foreign secretary Albert del Rosario commends President Rodrigo Duterte for his recent remarks about China's behavior in the South China Sea. File photo by Angie De Silva/Rappler

Federalism, West Philippine Sea, Donald Trump | Midday wRap

Aug 16, 2018 - 12:19 PM

Watch Rappler’s midday newscast with Margie de Leon

Bilateral talks with China 'will never work' – Del Rosario

Jul 18, 2018 - 2:45 PM

'They are the elephant in the room, and the only other person in that room with that elephant is you,' says ex-foreign secretary Albert del Rosario on Rappler Talk

EX-DFA CHIEF. Albert del Rosario, former Philippine foreign secretary, says the Philippines 'will obviously get nowhere' by engaging China in bilateral or one-on-one talks. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Robredo: China presence in West PH Sea 'most serious external threat since WWII'

Jun 11, 2018 - 7:35 PM

Vice President Leni Robredo says asserting the country's rights over the West Philippine Sea goes beyond the welfare of Filipino fishermen: 'It is about our nation's independence, security, and sovereignty'

VP Leni Robredo speech at the "West Philippine Sea: Issues and Policy" forum. Photo by OVP

Lacson questions landing of China plane in PH: 'We might wake up a colony'

Jun 11, 2018 - 4:50 PM

'What if a hundred Chinese military aircraft suddenly request to refuel simultaneously? We might all wake up a colony again, this time by China,' says Senator Panfilo Lacson

Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Robredo expresses concern over harassment of PH fishermen in Panatag

Jun 09, 2018 - 9:30 PM

Vice President Leni Robredo calls the China Coast Guard's actions as 'a blatant disregard of the rights of Filipinos, and the authority of the Republic of the Philippines over Panatag (Scarborough) Shoal'

WEST PH SEA. Vice President Leni Robredo urges the government to act on the recent incident at Panatag (Scarborough) Shoal. File photo from the Office of the Vice President

Duterte on Ayungin Shoal, Facebook sinks among U.S. teens, #SaferRoadsPH wins data journ award | Midday wRap

Jun 01, 2018 - 12:54 PM

Watch Rappler’s midday newscast with Margie de Leon

Duterte on BBL, Inquirer and Mon Tulfo, Cayetano lectures DFA personnel | Midday wRap

May 29, 2018 - 12:02 PM

Watch Rappler's midday newscast with Marguerite de Leon

Roque on Duterte’s critics, Cimatu on Boracay, Giuliani on Russia probe | Midday wRap

May 28, 2018 - 12:27 PM

Watch Rappler's midday newscast with Bea Cupin

[EDITORIAL] #AnimatED: Geopolitics, Duterte-style

May 21, 2018 - 9:00 AM

Duterte wants us to believe that China will intervene to keep him in power. What is troubling with Duterte’s empty boast is it unmasks his provincial view of regional security and his malnourished understanding of sovereignty.

Duterte says China's Xi vowed to protect him from ouster

May 15, 2018 - 5:45 PM

'We will not allow you to be taken out from your office,' Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte recalls Chinese President Xi Jinping telling him

CLOSE TIES. President Rodrigo Duterte and Chinese President Xi Jinping pose for a photo following a successful bilateral meeting at the Boao State Guesthouse on April 10, 2018. Malacañang file photo

Duterte skips barangay elections, Defector on North Korea, Gary V discharged from hospital | Evening wRap

May 14, 2018 - 7:51 PM

Watch Rappler's evening newscast with Bea Cupin

Robredo on West Philippine Sea, Cirilo Bautista dies, North Korea on U.S. | Midday wRap

May 07, 2018 - 11:24 AM

Watch Rappler's midday newscast with Mara Cepeda

LIST: Tasks for China consortium in P17.2-B Marawi contract

May 06, 2018 - 8:27 AM

The government is poised to spend P17.2 billion to rehabilitate the former battle area in Marawi City. The groundbreaking ceremony is scheduled in June.

Screenshot of Task Force Bangon Marawi powerpoint presentation on April 12, 2018

[OPINION | NEWSPOINT] Missing the forest for the trees

May 05, 2018 - 2:25 PM

Indeed, China is emerging as the Duterte regime’s ultimate patron – as investor, infrastructure builder, labor and material supplier, and money lender – in a modern-day sort of colonial arrangement

Beijing 'installs missiles' on South China Sea islands

May 04, 2018 - 12:00 AM

The US network CNBC reports, citing sources close to US intelligence, the Chinese army installed anti-ship and air-to-air defenses on outposts also claimed by Vietnam and the Philippines over the last 30 days

DISPUTED. This 2016 file photo shows

DPWH, Chinese firms sign contract for 2 Pasig River bridges

Apr 28, 2018 - 5:48 PM

The two projects are funded by a Chinese grant which covers the design and construction of the bridges

CONTRACT SIGNING. DPWH Secretary Mark Villar, DPWH Undersecretary Emil Sadain, CCC Highways Consultant Ltd deputy manager Lyu Gaohu, and China Road and Bridge Corporation vice president Liu Hong sign the contract for the Binondo-Intramuros and Estrella-Pantaleon bridge projects. Photo from DPWH Facebook page

Joint exploration with China not just about economic benefits – expert

Apr 23, 2018 - 8:30 AM

'We're talking about sovereignty here. We're not just talking about [the] economic provision per se,' says UP associate professor Herman Kraft

SOVEREIGNTY. University of the Philippines Associate Professor Herman Kraft said joint exploration of the West Philippine Sea cannot only be about economic benefits. Screenshot from Rappler Talk