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Call for open markets as world leaders gather in Singapore

Nov 12, 2018 - 1:11 PM

Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong calls for Southeast Asian companies to invest more in each others' markets and be more open to foreign competition

LEE HSIEN LOONG. Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong speaks at a business forum on the sidelines of the 33rd Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) summit in Singapore on November 12, 2018. Photo by Roslan Rahman/AFP

Malaysia to shelve China-backed projects worth $22B

Aug 22, 2018 - 7:57 AM

The projects include a railway connecting Malaysia's east coast to southern Thailand and Kuala Lumpur, and two gas pipelines

SHELVED. Malaysia's Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad adjusts his earphones during a joint press conference with China's Premier Li Keqiang (not pictured) at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on August 20, 2018. Photo by How Hwee Young/AFP

Merkel, Chinese premier defend Iran deal, free trade

May 24, 2018 - 4:05 PM

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang show a united front on Iran and free trade during their meeting at the opulent Great Hall of the People in Beijing

IRAN DEAL & TRADE. German Chancellor Angela Merkel (L) walks with China's Premier Li Keqiang during a welcome ceremony outside the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on May 24, 2018. Photo by Greg Baker/AFP

China's parliament gives Premier Li second term

Mar 18, 2018 - 11:08 AM

Li is re-appointed with 2,964 votes in favor and two against during the annual session of the National People's Congress at Beijing's Great Hall of the People

SECOND TERM. Chinese Premier Li Keqiang visits Malacañang Palace during his official visit to Manila. Malacañang photo

Brexit haunts May as she seeks China trade post-EU

Feb 01, 2018 - 11:49 AM

Criticism in London over her domestic agenda and her handling of Britain's contentious divorce with the European Union looms large over her China trip

IN CHINA. British Prime Minister Theresa May attends a signing ceremony at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on January 31, 2018. Mark Schiefelbein/Pool/AFP

Premier Li tells Philippine media, China welcomes you

Nov 18, 2017 - 8:39 AM

In his visit to Manila, Premier Li Keqiang asks Filipino reporters to make a 'historic contribution' by writing positive things about China-Philippine relations

People's Republic of China State Council Premier Li Keqiang reacts while discussing matters with President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and the members of his cabinet during the expanded bilateral meeting at the Malacañan Palace on November 15, 2017. KING RODRIGUEZ/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

China wins vs U.S. at ASEAN Summit but loses on publicity

Nov 16, 2017 - 6:09 PM

China gets things done in areas that matter – trade and security. It champions free trade and practically silences protests over its aggression in the South China Sea.

ASEAN-CHINA TIES. Chinese Premier Li Keqiang shakes hands with Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, chair of ASEAN this year, at the 31st ASEAN Summit and Related Summits hosted by the Philippines. Malacañang photo

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Nov 16, 2017 - 12:33 PM

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Nov 16, 2017 - 9:39 AM

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President of the United States of America and President of the Philippines Rodrigo Duterte during the 31st ASEAN GALA Dinner  Photo by Russell Palma Pool Photo

LOOK: Chinese-Filipino cuisine, playlist at state banquet for Li

Nov 15, 2017 - 8:30 PM

Crispy fish skin and sliced suckling pig are served with hototay soup and coconut milk pudding at the dinner for Chinese Premier Li Keqiang

GRAND DINNER. President Rodrigo Duterte and his partner Honeylet Avanceña sit at the presidential table with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang during the state banquet held in his honor. RTVM screenshot

Li says PH-China ties as warm as Manila temperature

Nov 15, 2017 - 7:50 PM

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte tells Chinese Premier Li Keqiang that he hopes to 'reciprocate' China's generosity one day

LIST: 14 deals signed during Chinese Premier Li's Manila visit

Nov 15, 2017 - 6:50 PM

Li and Duterte also witness the launching of two bridges and a Mindanao drug rehabilitation center covered by a previously signed deal

China to donate P1.1 billion for Marawi rehabilitation

Nov 15, 2017 - 6:12 PM

The agreement for the provision of the grant is signed during Chinese Premier Li Keqiang's official visit to the Philippines

China Premier's visit to Philippines is first in 10 years

Nov 11, 2017 - 11:00 AM

It's also the first overseas trip of Chinese Premier Li since President Xi introduced him in October as part of a team of new leaders who will usher in a 'new era' for China

China vows to adhere to Paris climate deal

Jun 01, 2017 - 5:47 PM

China will continue to implement promises made in the Paris Agreement to move towards the 2030 goal step by step steadfastly Li says in a Berlin joint press conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel

ADHERING TO THE DEAL. German Chancellor Angela Merkel and the Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang give a joint press conference after representatives of both countries signed economic agreements at the end of Li's two-day visit to Germany on June 1, 2017 in Berlin. Photo by Tobias Schwarz/AFP

EU, China summit to back Paris deal regardless of Trump – EU official

Jun 01, 2017 - 12:08 AM

UPDATED The Paris Agreement will continue with full force of implementation even if the US pulls out a senior EU official tells reporters on condition of anonymity

PUSHING ONWARD. Li Keqiang, Donald Tusk, and Jean-Claude Juncker are said to be pushing through with support for the Paris Agreement, even without US support. Images from Wikimedia commons.

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Duterte wishes success for South China Sea talks as he meets Xi, Li

May 15, 2017 - 9:55 PM

We should use this mechanism fully to dialogue openly monitor progress made says the Philippine President about the inaugural talks on the maritime dispute set for May 19

HOPING FOR SUCCESS. President Duterte and President Xi shake hands before their bilateral meeting at Great Hall of the People, Beijing. MPC pool photo

South China Sea installations 'primarily' civilian – Li

Mar 24, 2017 - 12:12 PM

UPDATED Even if there is a certain amount of defense equipment or facilities it is for maintaining the freedom of navigation says Premier Li Keqiang

CIVILIAN USE? An aerial photo taken though a glass window of a military plane shows the ongoing reclamation by China on Mischief Reef, part of the disputed Spratly Islands in the South China Sea, west of Palawan, Philippines, on May 11, 2015. File photo by Ritchie Tongo/AFP/Pool

Chinese premier Li warns U.S. against 'trade war'

Mar 15, 2017 - 2:25 PM

UPDATED Li Keqiang: I believe whatever differences we have we can still sit down and talk to each other and work together to find solutions

MEET THE PRESS. China's Premier Li Keqiang (C) speaks during a press conference after the closing ceremony of the annual session of China's legislature, the National People's Congress (NPC), in Beijing's Great Hall of the People on March 15, 2017. Greg Baker/AFP

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

China trims GDP target, citing severe challenges

Mar 05, 2017 - 8:12 AM

UPDATED The target comes in slightly below analysts expectations indicating that authorities will prioritize controlling an array of economic risks over pushing short term growth

Delegates listen to speeches during the opening session of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on March 3, 2017. Greg Baker/AFP

China's Li comes to Canada looking for extradition treaty

Sep 22, 2016 - 1:13 PM

But even before the Chinese leader s plane rolled up to the terminal Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau faced political heat from opposition parties for even considering sending Chinese expatriates back

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang waves as he and his wife Cheng Hong arrive at the Ottawa Macdonald–Cartier International Airport in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada September 21, 2016. Lars Hagberg/AFP

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang to visit Cuba – officials

Sep 14, 2016 - 7:09 PM

Li will visit Cuba to discuss how to further deepen bilateral relations and traditional friendship says vice minister of foreign affairs Wang Chao

LI KEQIANG. Chinese Premier Li Keqiang (R) speaks during his meeting with Peruvian President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski (not pictured) at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on September 14, 2016. Photo by Etienne Oliveau/AFP

ASEAN Summit: Duterte chats with Chinese premier Li

Sep 08, 2016 - 2:18 PM

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang is the highest ranking Chinese leader whom Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has met

FIRST MEETING. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte meets with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang for the first time on the sidelines of the ASEAN Summit in Vientiane, Laos. Photo courtesy of Jesus Dureza

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Obama warns China over South China Sea ruling

Sep 08, 2016 - 12:17 PM

5th UPDATE Obama: The landmark arbitration ruling in July which is binding helped clarify maritime rights in the region

WARNING. US President Barack Obama speaks during the 4th ASEAN - US Summit in Vientiane on September 8, 2016. Saul Loeb/AFP

ASEAN Summit: China under pressure over sea dispute

Sep 08, 2016 - 8:15 AM

Any artificial island at Scarborough Shoal could be a game changer in China s quest to control the South China Sea and raises the risk of armed confrontation with the United States security analysts say

Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte (3rd R) shakes hands with Chinese Primier Li Keqiang (2nd L) in front of Vietnam's Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc (L), Laos Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith (C), Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen (2nd R) and Brunei's Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah at the 19th ASEAN-China Summit to commemorate the 25th Anniversary of the ASEAN-China Dialogue Relations in Vientiane on September 7, 2016. Noel Celis/AFP

Myanmar's Suu Kyi in China with dam project on agenda

Aug 18, 2016 - 1:38 PM

Myanmar sees its giant neighbor – and largest trading partner – as its biggest foreign policy preoccupation

Myanmar State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi during a meeting in Naypyitaw, Myanmar, July 29 2016. Hein Htet/EPA

China economy 'absolutely' won't have hard landing – official

Mar 07, 2016 - 12:48 AM

Please calm down everyone this possibility doesn t exist says planning chief Xu Shaoshi

epa05169711 A Chinese vegetable vendor hands a customers her goods at a market in Beijing, China, 19 February 2016. Chinese producer prices continued to drop in January while consumer prices edged up, according to official figures released 18 February. The producer price index, which measures the cost of goods at wholesale level, dropped 5.3 per cent year-on-year in January for the 47th straight month of decline while consumer price index, which measures retail inflation, grew 1.8 per cent in January from one year earlier, up slightly from December's 1.6-per-cent increase, the National Bureau of Statistics said. EPA/HOW HWEE YOUNG

China cuts 2016 growth target to '6.5% to 7%'

Mar 05, 2016 - 12:24 PM

Downward pressure on the economy is growing Domestically problems and risks that have been building up over the years are becoming more evident says Premier Li Keqiang

CHINESE ECONOMY. A construction site in the central business district (CBD) of Beijing, China, January 19, 2016. File photo by Wu Hong/EPA

China sets 2016 growth target at 6.5-7%

Feb 04, 2016 - 2:10 PM

The world s second largest economy admits its slowdown will continue this year

epaselect epa05110096 A migrant worker and a Chinese man walk passing by a construction site in central business district (CBD) of Beijing, China, 19 January 2016. China's economy grew 6.9 percent in 2015, according to official figures released 19 January, marking the slowest growth in more than a quarter of a century. The growth missed the 7-per-cent target that the government had set for the year and is the weakest since 1990. It matched predictions of 6.9 percent by economists. EPA/WU HONG

Aquino reveals 'embarrassing' boo-boo with Xi at APEC

Nov 23, 2015 - 6:58 AM

The Philippine president reveals that a technical difficulty involving an interpreter caused Xi to pause and repeat his speech at the APEC leaders retreat in Manila

'AWKWARD MOMENT.' Philippine President Benigno Aquino III and Chinese President Xi Jinping walk together – with Chilean President Michelle Bachelet as their buffer – in the Philippine International Convention Center. Screen grab from pool video

Under fire over sea row, China woos ASEAN with $10B in infra loans

Nov 23, 2015 - 12:23 AM

China offers to boost trade and economic ties with ASEAN as the Philippines US Japan and India raise the South China Sea row during the ASEAN summits

MONEY DIPLOMACY. Chinese Premier Li Keqiang urges ASEAN to boost its trade and economic ties with Beijing during ASEAN-China Summit on November 21, 2015. Photo by Fred Dufour/AFP

Aquino to China: Why bar us from our own waters?

Nov 22, 2015 - 7:29 PM

On his last ASEAN Summit Philippine President Benigno Aquino gets tough on China over its reclamation of disputed islands in the South China Sea West Philippine Sea

GRIM. President Benigno S. Aquino III focuses on the discussions during the 18th ASEAN – Japan Summit in Malaysia on Sunday, 22 November 2015 at the sidelines of the 27th ASEAN Summit and Related Summits. Photo by Lauro Montellano Jr./ Malacañang Photo Bureau

China offers funds in search for missing MH370 plane

Nov 21, 2015 - 7:55 PM

During a visit in Malaysia Chinese Premier Li Keqiang pledges 14 5 million to help fund the continuing search for the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370

CONFIRMED. A file picture dated July 29, 2015 shows a piece of debris, later identified as a flaperon from the missing Malaysian Airlines Flight 370. Photo by ZINFOS974/EPA

Aquino dares China: Take lead in sea row pact

Nov 21, 2015 - 3:50 PM

President Aquino says Beijing must ensure the swift establishment of a Code of Conduct on the South China Sea given its growing economic and political clout in the region

TAKE LEAD. President Benigno S. Aquino III listens to the discussions during the 27th ASEAN Summit Plenary Session at the Conference Hall 2 of the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre on November 21, 2015. Photo by Gil Nartea/Malacañang Photo Bureau

Aquino to ASEAN: Stop China's use of force

Nov 21, 2015 - 1:41 PM

ASEAN should not allow any country no matter how powerful to claim an entire sea as its own and to use force to assert its claim the Philippine president says

ON CHINA. President Benigno S. Aquino III delivers his statement during the 27th ASEAN Summit Plenary Session at the Conference Hall 2 of the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre on November 21, 2015. Photo by Gil Nartea/Malacañang Photo Bureau

Historic ASEAN summit opens under shadow of terror

Nov 21, 2015 - 8:13 AM

UPDATED Here s what s on the table and what s at stake for the Southeast Asian bloc

ASEAN SUMMIT OPENS. Armed Malaysian soldiers and police officers secure the area outside the Kuala Lumpur Convention Center, the venue of the 27th ASEAN Summit in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, November 19, 2015. Photo by Rungroj Yongrit/EPA

South Korea confirms Japan summit, 'comfort women' on agenda

Oct 28, 2015 - 4:23 PM

A spokeswoman for the presidential Blue House said the summit would take place in Seoul on Monday November 2 on the sidelines of a trilateral leadership gathering with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang

In this file photo, South Korean President Park Geun-hye and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe arrive for a trilateral meeting with the US president at the US ambassador's residence in The Hague on March 25, 2014 after they attended the Nuclear Security Summit (NSS). Saul Loeb/AFP

China growth rate may fall below 7% - Premier Li

Oct 25, 2015 - 3:57 PM

The asian giant s most recent GDP strengthens fears as some analysts are concerned figures may have been manipulated to understate situation

File photo by How Hwee Young/EPA

China 'left behind' children commit suicide – report

Jun 12, 2015 - 4:14 PM

Police believe it to be a suicide in a case highlighting the plight faced by rural children left behind by their migrant guardians

China, Brazil unveil multibillion trade, investment deals

May 20, 2015 - 11:13 AM

Beijing looks to invest 53 billion in South America s largest economy

BIG DEALS. Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff (R) poses with Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang (L) after signing an agreement at Planalto Presidential Palace in Brasilia, Brazil, May 19, 2015. Fernando Bizerra Jr/EPA

China says Japan ties face test, opportunity this year

Mar 15, 2015 - 3:30 PM

China s relations with Japan face a test this year linked to whether Japan can properly atone for its wartime past says Premier Li Keqiang

In this file photo, Chinese residents waving Japanese and Chinese flags welcome China's guided missile destroyer Shenzhen enters Tokyo harbor, 28 November 2007. Everett Kennedy Brown/EPA

China 'falling short' on fighting pollution – premier

Mar 15, 2015 - 1:37 PM

The Chinese government is determined to tackle smog and pollution Li says The progress we have made still falls short of the expectations of our people

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang speaks during his press conference after the closing session of the 12th National People's Congress (NPC) at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China, 15 March 2015. How Hwee Young/EPA

China pledges to boost clean energy, industrial restructuring

Mar 05, 2015 - 12:55 PM

The National Development and Reform Commission NDRC says it will implement policies aimed at reducing coal consumption and controlling the number of energy guzzling projects in polluted regions

Delegates and officials conduct the opening of the Third Session of the 12th National People's Congress (NPC) at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China, 05 March 2015. Rolex Dela Pena/EPA

China to raise defense budget 10.1% this year in high-tech drive

Mar 04, 2015 - 12:32 PM

UPDATED The defense budget outpaces the slowing Chinese economy as the country ramps up investment in high tech equipment

In this file photo, a Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) soldier stands guard the area surrounding the media center for the APEC Economic Leaders' Week at the China National Convention Center in Beijing, China, 07 November 2014. Narendra Shrestha/EPA

China praises Hong Kong for not giving in to protesters

Dec 26, 2014 - 4:33 PM

UPDATED This year under your leadership the overall stability [of Hong Kong] was preserved China s Xi Jinping tells Hong Kong s embattled leader Leung Chun ying

Protesters take part in a pro-democracy rally in Hong Kong, China, 01 July 2014. Jerome Favre/EPA

China, Myanmar ink $7.8 billion in deals – state media

Nov 15, 2014 - 2:49 PM

Deals overseen by Chinese Premier Li Keqiang and Myanmar President Thein Sein include agreements to build power plans fuelled by natural gas

Myanmar's President Thein Sein sits as he chairs the ASEAN Plus Three Summit at the Myanmar International Convention Center in Myanmar's capital Naypyidaw on November 13, 2014.  Photo by Christophe Archambault/AFP

China ships in disputed waters after Japan shrine visits

Oct 18, 2014 - 1:07 PM

Three Chinese vessels sailed into territorial waters that extend 12 nautical miles around one of the Japanese controlled Senkaku islands which China also claims and calls the Diaoyus

National flags of Japan and China (R) are displayed at Tokyo's Haneda Airport on May 30, 2010. File photo by Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP