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PH, China ruling parties should 'share experiences of governance,' says new envoy

Dec 07, 2019 - 6:18 PM

Ambassador Huang Xilian also says he would work on enhancing mutual trust and understanding between China and the Philippines, especially as the two countries mark their 45th year of diplomatic relations in 2020

CHINESE ENVOY. Chinese Ambassador Huang Xilian at  the Thematic Briefing on the Fourth Plenary Session of the 19th Central Committee of the Communist Party of China in Makati City on December 6, 2019. The event was attended by PDP Laban officials, led by party president Senator Koko Pimentel (right).  Photo from the Chinese Embassy

China expels ex-Interpol chief Meng from Communist Party

Mar 27, 2019 - 5:01 PM

(UPDATED) Meng Hongwei, who served as the vice minister of public security, vanished in September 2018 during a visit to China from France, and was later accused of accepting bribes

MENG HONGWEI. In this file photo taken on July 4, 2017, Meng Hongwei gives an addresses at the opening of the Interpol World Congress in Singapore. File photo by Roslan Rahman/AFP

Jack Ma, China’s richest man, is a Communist Party member

Nov 27, 2018 - 3:49 PM

The billionaire’s Communist bona fides are revealed by the People’s Daily, the party’s official mouthpiece, in an article praising contributors to China’s development

JACK MA. In this file photo taken on April 18, 2018, Alibaba founder Jack Ma gestures as he arrives for a meeting with Thailand's Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha in Bangkok. Photo by Jorge Silva/AFP

China sperm bank demands loyalty to Communist Party

Apr 08, 2018 - 9:00 AM

Men who wish to donate semen must 'love the socialist motherland, support the leadership of the Communist Party, be loyal to the party's cause, and be decent, law-abiding citizens'

A lab technician at the fertility clinic of Peking University Third Hospital in Beijing looks through a mircoscope while injecting a sperm into an egg to create an embryo for insertion into a woman, 25 March 2005. Slowly but surely, women in China are realizing there is hope out there and they do not have to helplessly suffer the intense stigma of being childless in a society that places supreme importance on having children. AFP PHOTO / AFP PHOTO

China's parliament puts Xi on course to rule for life

Mar 11, 2018 - 4:30 PM

(UPDATED) The parliament abolishes presidential term limits, giving Chinese President Xi Jinping a lifetime to push his goal of turning China into a global economic powerhouse with a 'world-class' military

Chinese President Xi Jinping votes during the third plenary session of the first session of the 13th National People's Congress (NPC) at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on March 11, 2018. China's rubber-stamp parliament is set on March 11, to hand President Xi Jinping free rein to rule the rising Asian superpower indefinitely, with potential abstentions offering the only suspense in the historic vote. / AFP PHOTO / WANG ZHAO

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Feb 28, 2018 - 12:34 PM

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Pimentel: Nothing wrong with PDP-Laban ties with China's Communist Party

Feb 28, 2018 - 10:46 AM

'Isn't this a free country? If someone else wants to run the party then they should first join, get elected as party leader, and then run it the way they want to run it,' says Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III

Photo from Pimentel's official Facebook account

‘Emperor Xi’? China gambles on return to lifetime rule

Feb 26, 2018 - 2:44 PM

Giving all the levers of power to one man could further erode human rights, unsettle other nations and even set up traps for Xi's rule at home, analysts warn

LONG MAY XI REIGN? In this file photo, China's President Xi Jinping attends a meeting with Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing on December 5, 2017. Fred Dufour/AFP

Xi poised to extend power as China set to lift term limits

Feb 25, 2018 - 4:36 PM

(3rd UPDATE) The party's Central Committee proposes deleting from the constitution the stipulation that a president 'shall serve no more than two consecutive terms' of 5 years

CHINA'S LEADER. In this file photo, a man walks past a poster featuring Chinese President Xi Jinping with a slogan reading 'Chinese Dream, People's Dream' beside a road in Beijing on October 16, 2017. Greg Baker/AFP

As China aims for 'world-class army', Asia starts to worry

Nov 01, 2017 - 1:18 PM

Xi's call to build a military that can "fight and win" has alarmed China's neighbors, several of whom are embroiled in tense border disputes with the superpower

ON GUARD. In this photo, Chinese paramilitary guards walk in front of The Forbidden City in Beijing on July 31, 2017, on the eve of the 90th founding anniversary of the People's Liberation Army (PLA). Fred Dufour/AFP

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Xi's grip on China tightens with new term and no heir in sight

Oct 25, 2017 - 9:59 AM

(UPDATED) Xi secures a second 5-year term as general secretary of the Communist Party, giving him an inviolable mandate to rule and possibly positioning him to retain power for much longer

AT THE HELM. Chinese President Xi Jinping (C) raises his hand to vote for the reports with other China's leaders at the closing of the 19th Communist Party Congress at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on October 24, 2017. Wang Zhao/AFP

Xi joins Mao in Communist constitution, tightening grip on China

Oct 24, 2017 - 7:13 AM

(UPDATED) The inclusion of Xi's name along with his guiding philosophy for the nation cements his place as the most powerful Chinese leader in decades

People walk past a poster of Chinese President Xi Jinping beside a sidewalk in Beijing, during the ongoing 19th Communist Party Congress on October 23, 2017. Greg Baker/AFP

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Oct 18, 2017 - 11:47 PM

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After China, PDP-Laban signs deal with Putin's United Russia party

Oct 18, 2017 - 2:41 PM

(UPDATED) 'This is a historic moment, as it brings Russia and the Philippines closer together through relations between their ruling parties, and not just their governments,' says Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III, PDP-Laban president

AGREEMENT. PDP-Laban signs a Memorandum of Understanding with Russian President Vladimir Putin's United Russia party. Photo from Pimentel's office

China communist conclave opens to hand Xi new term

Oct 18, 2017 - 9:28 AM

Xi, considered China's most powerful leader since Deng or even Mao, could use the congress to lay the foundation to stay atop the 89-million-strong party even longer than the normal 10 years, according to analysts

TOP LEADER. A man walks past a poster featuring Chinese President Xi Jinping with a slogan reading 'Chinese Dream, People's Dream' beside a road in Beijing on October 16, 2017. Greg Baker/AFP

Xi to tighten clutch on power at Communist conclave

Oct 15, 2017 - 12:26 PM

The 64-year-old supremo will undoubtedly be granted the customary second term as general secretary of the Communist Party, but analysts will watch for signs that he may try to hang on beyond 2022

Chinese President Xi Jinping in Prague, March 29, 2016. Michal Cizek/AFP/File

PDP-Laban 'very open' to learn ideology, policy from China's Communist Party

Jul 19, 2017 - 4:45 PM

PDP Laban has agreed to send its members to China s ruling party school in Fujian to undergo policy training and to learn about the ways and ideology of the party according to a senior provincial official of the Communist Party of China

POLICY TRAINING. Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III says the PDP-Laban is 'very open' to undergo training and information exchange with China's Communist Party. Photo from Pimentel's official Facebook account

Duterte's party mates to meet with Beijing officials this January

Jan 13, 2017 - 3:58 PM

After Duterte s state visit to China his party mates are now set to meet with their Beijing counterparts to strengthen rekindled ties

China's warm welcome to President Rodrigo Duterte is shown here in this file photo as Chinese students usher the President at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on October 20, 2016. Photo by Toto Lozano/PPD

China's Xi to consolidate power at key meeting – analysts

Oct 23, 2016 - 4:00 PM

The Sixth Plenum as the meeting is known comes as the party – which has more than 88 million members – faces a period of tectonic change

Chinese President Xi Jinping attends the opening session of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on March 3, 2014. Wang Zhao/AFP

Xi's here to stay: China leader tipped to outstay term

Aug 09, 2016 - 11:05 AM

President Xi Jinping will probably seek to extend his term to more than 10 years analysts say the first Communist Party chief to do so since Deng Xiaoping

CHINA'S MOST POWERUL. Chinese President Xi Jinping in Belgrade on June 18, 2016. Oliver Bunic/AFP

Anger erupts over government handling of China flood

Jul 23, 2016 - 4:12 PM

UPDATED Angry villagers have blamed local officials for failing to warn them of the impending deluge with Hebei Satellite TV showing one resident saying water had reached chest level before an alarm was raised

CHINA FLOOD. This photo taken on July 21, 2016 shows people making their way through a flooded area in Changping District in Beijing. Torrential rain lashing northern China in recent days has left nearly 100 people dead or missing, official figures showed. Photo by STR/AFP

China's president stresses Communist leadership over religion

Apr 24, 2016 - 11:54 AM

But President Xi Jinping stresses that party members must be unyielding Marxist atheists

NO RELIGION. Since Chinese President Xi Jinping came to power in 2012, Communist officials have taken a harder line towards civil and religious society. File photo by Fred Dufour/EPA

China Communist party punished nearly 300,000 for graft in 2015

Mar 07, 2016 - 2:07 PM

Critics say there is a lack of transparency around President Xi Jinping s campaign and that it has been used for political infighting

TOP GUNS. Chinese President Xi Jinping (front, L), Chinese Premier Li Keqiang (front, 2-L) along with government officials and delegates stand for the national anthem during the opening of the fourth Session of the 12th National People's Congress (NPC) at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China, March 5, 2016. How Hwee Young/EPA

Top China Communist's fall a political move – analysts

Jul 21, 2015 - 4:18 PM

A professor says Ling Jihua s targeting suggests President Xi Jinping is confident of taking on high profile cadres associated with his predecessors

CAUGHT. A picture made available on 21 July 2015 shows the aide to former Chinese President Hu Jintao, Ling Jihua, at the closing of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China, March 12 2013. How Hwee Young/EPA

China's new cybersecurity law sparks censorship concerns

Jul 09, 2015 - 7:56 AM

The proposed legislation will ensure network security and safeguard the sovereignty of cyberspace and national security according to the draft law

China's Xi warns against Taiwan independence – Xinhua

May 04, 2015 - 5:13 PM

But both sides stress there is a single China a key concept for Beijing which is constantly wary of the potential for Taiwan eventually to go its own way and declare independence

MEETING IN BEIJING. A handout photo released by Taiwan's ruling party the Chinese Nationalist Party (Kuomintang or KMT), shows Chinese President Xi Jinping (R), in his capacity as secretary-general of the Chinese Communist Party, meet with KMT Chairman Eric Chu (L) in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China, May 4, 2015. KMT/EPA

Top China official goes on trial for graft

Apr 13, 2015 - 12:25 PM

Jiang Jiemin is one of the highest ranking figures to fall in the country s much publicized anti graft drive

FACING CHARGES. In this file photo, Jiang Jiemin, Chairman of Petro China Company Limited, attends a press conference in Hong Kong, 23 August 2007. YM/EPA

Top Chinese spymaster probed for corruption

Jan 16, 2015 - 6:26 PM

Ma Jian a deputy head of China s ministry of state security is suspected of serious disciplinary violation – generally a euphemism for graft

Senior Chinese party official sacked over alleged corruption

Dec 31, 2014 - 5:12 PM

Ling Jihua s son died in a Ferrari car crash in Beijing in 2012 raising questions on how the son of a party official could afford the 800 000 car

SACKED FOR CORRUPTION. Ling Jihua (rightmost) is removed as a senior Chinese Community Party official over alleged corruption. File photo by Goh Chai Hin

Top Chinese official gets life for $6M bribery – court

Dec 10, 2014 - 1:09 PM

The guilty verdict against Liu Tienan once deputy director of China s top economic planning agency is the latest step of the Communist Party s much publicized anti corruption campaign

CONVICTED. A file photo dated 05 March 2012 shows Liu Tienan, then head of the National Energy Administration and deputy chairman of China's National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), taking an interview during the national congress session in Beijing, China. Bei Li/EPA

Key Chinese Communist Party meeting opens in Beijing

Oct 20, 2014 - 11:47 AM

Authorities announced in July that the theme of the meeting would be rule of law – although experts caution that in China the phrase actually refers to a greater centralization of control by the ruling party rather than a separation of powers

A paramilitary police officer stands guard on Tiananmen Square in Beijing, China, 07 November 2012. Diego Azubel/EPA

HK leader under pressure to explain Australian windfall

Oct 09, 2014 - 2:51 PM

The revelation comes as Chinese president Xi Jinping launches a widespread anti graft crackdown and austerity drive targeting party officials on the mainland

A file picture dated 12 March 2014 shows Hong Kong Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying at a press conference in Hong Kong, China. Alex Hofford/EPA

Deadline looms for HK protesters to go home

Oct 05, 2014 - 11:21 AM

UPDATED Embattled Chief Executive Leung Chun ying said the government was determined to take all necessary actions to restore social order

Tensions soar in HK as police bring in rubber bullets

Oct 02, 2014 - 7:55 PM

OccupyCentral Day 5: The late afternoon resupply by Hong Kong police officers causes widespread alarm among protesters as their leaders issue fresh calls for people to swell their ranks

CONFRONTATION. A protester argues with a Hong Kong police officer, as he is wedged tightly against the wall running around the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) barracks, by protesters trying to stop him carrying containers of CS handburst grenades (tear gas) into the adjacent Hong Kong Chief Executive's Office on day 5 of the mass civil disobedience campaign Occupy Central, Hong Kong, China, 02 October 2014. Alex Hofford/EPA

Protesters press HK leader to quit, China tells US to back off

Oct 02, 2014 - 7:11 AM

UPDATED Demonstrators who have shut down central areas of the southern Chinese city for four days have given chief executive Leung Chun ying until midnight to step down or face escalated action

Pro-democracy protesters face policemen as they wait for Hong Kong chief executive outside the Legislative Counsel Office, on October 2, 2014 in Hong Kong. Xaume Olleros/AFP

Hong Kong protests: what happens next?

Oct 01, 2014 - 2:30 PM

With neither side willing to budge what are the possible scenarios over the coming days?

Pro-democracy demonstrators chat next to a banner in Hong Kong on October 1, 2014. Laurent Fievet/AFP

HK demos throw Beijing propaganda machine into overdrive

Oct 01, 2014 - 1:29 PM

On the Chinese mainland the story is being spun to match a different narrative – one in which the demonstrators are violent extreme and being manipulated by foreign forces

Banners designed by pro-democracy demonstrators hang from an overpass across Hong Kong's government offices, on the fourth day of the mass civil disobedience campaign Occupy Hong Kong, Admiralty, Hong Kong, China, 01 October 2014. Jerome Favre/EPA

Hong Kong protesters gear up for biggest protest yet

Oct 01, 2014 - 8:13 AM

UPDATED With many Hong Kongers off work for the October 1 public holiday protest leaders are confident of mustering massive crowds across the city angered at Beijing s refusal to grant full democracy in leadership elections in 2017

LIGHTS. Pro-democracy protesters hold up their mobile phones as lights in front of the Hong Kong government offices on day three of the mass civil disobedience campaign Occupy Central in, Hong Kong, China, 30 September 2014. Alex Hofford/EPA

China watches Hong Kong protests, fearful of contagion

Sep 30, 2014 - 4:39 PM

While a heavy handed response threatens the city s reputation as a stable world class business hub Beijing fears that unchecked protests could spill across the border and ignite discontent with one party Communist rule

'JOIN US' Umbrellas of pro-democracy demonstrators are placed on a road during a protest in Hong Kong on September 30, 2014. Xaume Olleros/AFP

Democracy protestors ignore HK leader's call to end demo

Sep 30, 2014 - 11:54 AM

UPDATED The protests leaves Beijing grappling with one of the biggest challenges to its rule of the semi autonomous city at a time when the Communist Party is cracking down hard on dissent on the mainland

Pro-democracy demonstrators rest during a protest in Hong Kong on September 30, 2014. Xaume Olleros/AFP

China puts former top economic planner on trial

Sep 24, 2014 - 4:24 PM

Liu Tienan the former deputy director of the National Development and Reform Commission was indicted for taking 35 58 million yuan 5 8 million in bribes

A file photo dated 05 March 2012 shows Liu Tienan, then head of the National Energy Administration and deputy chairman of China's National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), taking an interview during the national congress session in Beijing, China. Bei Li/EPA

US backs democracy for Hong Kong

Sep 03, 2014 - 7:57 AM

Chris Patten Hong Kong s last British governor before the city was handed back to China in 1997 also urges Britain to speak out

A picture made available 07 August 2014 shows buildings on Hong Kong island (F) and across Victoria Harbor on the Kowloon Peninsula in Hong Kong, China, 06 August 2014. Jerome Favre/EPA

China calls for Britain to scrap Hong Kong inquiry – BBC

Sep 02, 2014 - 10:11 AM

Chinese authorities demand Britain drop an inquiry into the progress of democratic reforms in Hong Kong accusing it of highly inappropriate interference in its affairs the BBC reports

In this picture taken on August 2, 2014, a woman waits at a pedestrian crossing surrounded by residential buildings in Hong Kong. Dale de la Rey/AFP

Hong Kong activists fight back after China vote decision

Sep 01, 2014 - 12:20 PM

UPDATED Li Fei a member of the top committee of China s rubber stamp parliament was forced to speak over the cries of pro democracy lawmakers and protesters during a meeting with local officials in the southern Chinese city

National People's Congress Standing Committee chairman of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Basic Law Committee, Li Fei (2nd L) speaks at a press conference in Beijing on August 31, 2014. Greg Baker/AFP

'Civil disobedience' vow in HK after Beijing decision

Sep 01, 2014 - 10:24 AM

The announcement comes after China announces the semi autonomous territory s next chief executive will be elected by popular vote in 2017 but candidates must be selected by Beijing

Benny Tai (R), co-founder of the Occupy Central movement, rallies with democracy activists next to the Hong Kong government complex on August 31, 2014. Alex Ogle/AFP

China security chief's fall cements Xi's grip on power – analysts

Jul 30, 2014 - 5:30 PM

Xi breaks a decades old unwritten taboo against punishing current and former members of the party s innermost circle – a move experts say suggests a leader on track to amass more power than those of recent decades

In this file photo, Chinese President Xi Jinping waves as he arrives in St. Petersburg, Russia 04 September 2013. Alexey Kudenko/EPA/Pool

Chinese Communist Party in ideology crackdown – paper

Jul 21, 2014 - 2:08 PM

A recent circular from the ruling party s powerful Organization Department said that officials must be prevented from being disoriented and losing themselves to the effect of Western ideals

Delegates stand as the orchestra plays the national anthem during the opening session of the Chinese National People's Congress (NPC) at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on March 5, 2013. AFP PHOTO /GOH CHAI HIN

Chinese dream turns sour for activists under Xi Jinping

Jul 10, 2014 - 12:15 PM

China s new leaders have taken aim at civil society in what analysts call an effort to muffle dissent that is proving powerfully effective

ON GUARD. A paramilitary police officer stands guard on Tiananmen Square before a press conference on the eve of the 18th Communist Party of China (CPC) Congress in Beijing, China, 07 November 2012. Diego Azubel/EPA

China one-child law change small but crucial – experts

Nov 17, 2013 - 4:15 PM

The new change was only a matter of time experts say as the restrictions have contributed towards putting China on course to a demographic disaster

MORE KIDS? This picture taken on September 19, 2012 shows children playing at a kindergarten in Beijing. AFP/Wang Zhao