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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

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

PH quietly prepares joint exploration deal with China for Xi visit

Nov 19, 2018 - 9:22 PM

The framework for joint exploration of South China Sea's oil and gas resources could be the highlight of Chinese President Xi Jinping's state visit to the Philippines


CLOSE TIES. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte is welcomed by Chinese President Xi Jinping at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China on October 19, 2016. Malacañang photo

Why China chose Arroyo over Aquino

Nov 18, 2018 - 10:24 AM

(UPDATED) China saw President Benigno Aquino III as 'provocative' and former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo as 'receptive,' an international think tank says

DIFFERENT STYLES. President Benigno Aquino III and his predecessor, former president Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, differ in their response to China's interests. Malacañang file photo

[OPINION] Working together for the golden age of PH-China relations

Nov 15, 2018 - 5:00 PM

'We have every reason to believe that Chinese President Xi Jinping's visit will enormously boost China-Philippines relations in the new era and position our relations as a new model of international relations,' writes Ambassador Zhao Jianhua

Duterte to China: 'Tell us route to take' in sea row

Nov 14, 2018 - 11:55 AM

Before attending the ASEAN-China Summit, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte shares his views on the much-awaited Code of Conduct in the South China Sea

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte shares a light moment with the members of his cabinet upon his arrival at a hotel in Singapore on November 12, 2018. KARL NORMAN ALONZO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Amid joint exploration talks, Sotto says China now 'recognizes West PH Sea is ours'

Nov 09, 2018 - 9:14 AM

'I am privy to dialogue and talks within the executive department and slowly, we are realizing the fact that they do agree that those areas are ours,' says Senate President Vicente Sotto III

Senate President Sen. Vicente Sotto III explains the bill on lowering the criminal liability to 13 years old. September 25, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

PH to protest China weather stations, if reports are true – Panelo

Nov 05, 2018 - 3:26 PM

But Malacañang says it still needs to 'validate' news reports quoting Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Lu Kang about Beijing-controlled weather stations in the Spratlys

MISCHIEF REEF. €The construction of hangars on Mischief Reef is said to be part of China's ˜militarization of the West Philippine Sea. Photo courtesy of CSIS/AMTI and DigitalGlobe

China is top PH trade partner in August 2018

Oct 11, 2018 - 9:46 AM

The Philippines' trade gap swells to $26 billion year-to-date, 65% higher than the $15.7-billion deficit in 2017

Chinese embassy gifts Davao City with 13 schoolbuildings

Oct 06, 2018 - 4:53 PM

'The donation is a sincere appreciation to President Duterte’s policy on China,' says Chinese Ambassador Zhao Jianhua

'50-100' protests vs China? Cayetano now says 'we haven't counted'

Aug 28, 2018 - 9:30 PM

'In a purpose-driven foreign policy, how many doesn't really matter,' says Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano as he is grilled by Senator Risa Hontiveros

DIPLOMATIC PROTESTS. Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano is grilled about the Philippines' diplomatic protests against China, as he faces senators in a budget hearing on August 28, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Arroyo backs Duterte: PH friendship with China 'just right'

Aug 21, 2018 - 3:35 PM

'Hindi ba karapat-dapat lamang na maging kaibigan natin ang China?' says Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo

PIVOT TOWARDS CHINA. Speaker Gloria Arroyo claps her hands as President Rodrigo Duterte receives the replica of the Marawi Filipino-Chinese Friendship Dome from Federation of Filipino-Chinese Chambers of Commerce and Industry, Inc on August 14, 2018. File photo form Malacañang

Duterte hopes Beijing can 'temper' warnings in South China Sea

Aug 14, 2018 - 8:15 PM

'You cannot create an island and you say that the air above the artificial island is your own,' says President Rodrigo Duterte in a rare statement critical of Beijing

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte uses the binoculars to get a closer look on the fleet review of the Philippine Navy's naval surface and air assets during their 120th anniversary at the Coconut Palace of the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) Complex in Roxas Boulevard, Manila on May 22, 2018. REY BANIQUET/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

TIMELINE: Philippines-China relations under Duterte

Aug 07, 2018 - 5:38 PM

The Duterte administration lauds improving relations with China. Critics regret the government's inordinately forgiving foreign policy.

[OPINION] Loose lips sink ships

Aug 03, 2018 - 9:00 AM

Following the Battle of Marawi, the Armed Forces had enjoyed an immense level of support from the public. A year later, things rapidly went downhill because of the Duterte administration's position on the West Philippine Sea.

Prepare for possible China invasion, ex-defense chief tells PH

Jun 10, 2018 - 3:35 PM

Former defense secretary Norberto Gonzales says 'within hours, the Chinese can destroy most of the country's defense facilities and probably some of our cities'

'CONTINGENCY PLAN'. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte and Chinese President Xi Jinping following a bilateral meeting at the Boao State Guesthouse on April 10, 2018. Malacañang file photo

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

De Lima: Chinese missiles in Spratlys 'wake-up call' for PH

May 05, 2018 - 5:04 PM

'Not since the Japanese invasion of World War II has the Philippines been exposed to such a real and physical threat to its territorial integrity and national sovereignty,' says Senator Leila de Lima

STRUCTURES. This 2016 file photo shows a portion of the Mischief Reef in the South China Sea where there are Chinese facilities.

Malacañang 'confident' Chinese missiles 'not directed' at PH

May 04, 2018 - 3:39 PM

Yet the Palace expresses concern over the reported new missiles and says the issue will be addressed through 'diplomatic means'

Duterte offers ’60-40’ deal to China in West PH Sea joint exploration

Apr 28, 2018 - 6:19 PM

'President Xi is a friend. We'll share with you,' says Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on his planned joint exploration with China

COOPERATING WITH CHINA. President Rodrigo Duterte shakes hands with President Xi Jinping during his state visit in October 2016. File photo by Toto Lozano/PPD

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

Joint exploration with China must fit within PH constitution – expert

Apr 22, 2018 - 9:00 PM

'The principal issue is still the question of: How do you deal with the constitutional limits that are before us?' says UP associate professor Herman Kraft

CONSTITUTIONAL? A joint exploration framework between the Philippines and China in the West Philippine Sea must follow the framework of the Philippine Constituion, according to Politcal Science Professor Herman Kraft. Photo by Rappler

Duterte, Xi give 'go signal' to craft joint exploration framework

Apr 11, 2018 - 9:15 PM

Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano is bent on fast-tracking the proposed joint exploration between the Philippines and China in the West Philippine Sea

BILATERAL MEETING. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte shakes hands with Chinese President Xi Jinping after their bilateral meeting at the Boao State Guesthouse on April 10, 2018. Malacañang photo

Still friends with China: Arroyo elected board member of Boao Forum

Apr 11, 2018 - 2:41 PM

The former Philippine president considers Chinese President Xi Jinping a 'very important person in a very important country'

NEW DIRECTOR. Ex-president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo attends the first general meeting of members of the Boao Forum for Asia after her election to its board of directors. Photo from Arroyo's office

PH, China sign deals on Davao expressway, Filipino teachers

Apr 11, 2018 - 12:40 PM

(UPDATED) An exchange of letters on broadcasting equipment and on an agri-tech center also takes place during President Rodrigo Duterte's visit to Boao, China

Public Works and Highways Secretary Mark Villar and Chinese Minister of Commerce Zhong Shan pose for a photo after they exchanged signed agreements following the successful bilateral meeting at the Boao State Guesthouse on April 10, 2018. The agreement was on Exchange of Letters for the Pre-Feasibility Study of the Proposed Davao City Expressway Project. ACE MORANDANTE/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Chinese President Xi to visit Philippines in November

Apr 11, 2018 - 11:06 AM

Xi Jinping's visit will take place after the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Summit from November 12 to 18 in Papua New Guinea

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte is accompanied by People's Republic of China President Xi Jinping prior to the start of the dinner hosted by the Chinese President at the Boao State Guesthouse on April 10, 2018. ACE MORANDANTE/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Duterte teases Chinese reporter about 'flowering' PH-China ties

Apr 09, 2018 - 6:50 PM

'China and the Philippines will bloom and you and I are in the middle of the flower,' President Rodrigo Duterte tells a China Central Television reporter during a press conference

Duterte: 'I need China'

Apr 09, 2018 - 4:52 PM

Before flying off to China for the 3rd time, the Philippine leader says he has no plans of bringing up reclamation and construction activities by Beijing in the West Philippine Sea

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China leader Xi Jinping greets Duterte on his birthday

Mar 27, 2018 - 4:41 PM

As President Rodrigo Duterte marks his 73rd birthday, Chinese President Xi Jinping praises the 'turnaround' in ties between the Philippines and China

BETTER TIES. Chinese President Xi Jinping hails the improved ties between the Philippines and China under Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte. Malacañang file photo

[OPINION] Challenges in deploying Filipino household service workers to China

Mar 23, 2018 - 9:29 PM

China is indeed likely to open its doors to Filipino household service workers, but there will be challenges and restrictions

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, March 21, 2018

Mar 21, 2018 - 1:20 PM

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Xi's lifetime rule may mean continued hardline stance in West PH Sea – analyst

Mar 11, 2018 - 11:55 PM

Aaron Jed Rabena says China could be considered 'compliant' with the 2016 arbitral tribunal ruling if there were peace and stability in the West Philippine Sea

HARDLINE STANCE. Analyst Aaron Jed Rabena expects China to maintain a hardline stance in the West Philippine Sea as Chinese President Xi Jinping moves towards lifetime rule.

[WATCH] Rappler Talk: Analyst Aaron Jed Rabena on Philippines-China relations

Mar 06, 2018 - 1:45 PM

Rappler editor-at-large Marites Vitug speaks to Aaron Jed Rabena on how Chinese President Xi Jinping's move toward lifetime rule might affect Philippines-China relations and their maritime dispute

Duterte jokes: Why not make Philippines a province of China?

Feb 19, 2018 - 8:38 PM

The President says negotiations for joint exploration with China are underway. He suggests a sharing scheme of two-thirds for the Philippines and one-third for China.

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte gestures as he reiterates his oath of office to protect the country and its citizens in his speech during the oath-taking ceremony of newly-appointed officials at the Malacañan Palace on February 13, 2018. YANCY LIM/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Duterte lauds PH-China 'friendship' in Chinese New Year message

Feb 15, 2018 - 6:05 PM

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte also highlights the contributions of Chinese-Filipinos to the nation in his 2018 message

The President was given a tour inside the Chinese Vessel Chang Chun where he was able to see the armaments, the deck, the bridge navigation system as well as the operations room command and control system. The Chinese PLAN officers also presented tokens to the President during his tour. PRESIDENTIAL PHOTOS

No bad faith on part of China in naming PH Rise features – Roque

Feb 15, 2018 - 1:46 PM

Malacañang hopes China will 'understand' that the Philippines will give its own names for the features in the continental shelf

PH, China silent on artificial islands after meeting

Feb 13, 2018 - 7:05 PM

The Philippines and China say they 'had a frank, cordial exchange of views' on the West Philippine Sea, but stay silent on China's island building

MISCHIEF REEF. €The construction of hangars on Mischief Reef is said to be part of China's ˜militarization of the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea). Photo courtesy of CSIS/AMTI and DigitalGlobe

2nd PH-China meeting on sea dispute set for February 13

Feb 12, 2018 - 2:10 PM

The Bilateral Consultation Mechanism meeting will happen in Manila amid public concern over China's continued construction on Panganiban (Mischief) Reef

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and members of his delegation engaged in an expanded bilateral meeting with People’s Republic of China State Council Premier Li Keqiang and other Chinese government officials at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on May 15, 2017. PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

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

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

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

Griping? Duterte says he waited 2 hours for meeting with Xi

Nov 12, 2017 - 7:50 PM

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte says he got the last slot for a bilateral meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping on the sidelines of the APEC Summit in Vietnam

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte is welcomed by People's Republic of China President Xi Jinping to the at the Crowne Plaza Da Nang in Vietnam prior to their bilateral meeting on November 11, 2017. ROBINSON NIÑAL JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

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

Duterte to be 'frank' with Xi on West Philippine Sea dispute

Nov 07, 2017 - 8:15 PM

But Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte says he will not bring up the Hague ruling during his meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping in Vietnam

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte bows his head in prayer during the start of the of the Joint Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP)-Philippine National Police (PNP) Command Conference at the Malacañan Palace on November 6, 2017. Karl Norman Alonzo/Presidential Photo

Duterte says he hopes China will not build on Scarborough Shoal

Nov 07, 2017 - 7:48 PM

(UPDATED) 'I wish he will honor it because it will change the entire geography. If war starts, I don't know what will be the next geographical division of Asia,' says President Rodrigo Duterte

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, in his speech during the 58th Philippine Army Change of Command Ceremony at Fort Andres Bonifacio in Taguig City on October 5, 2017, reminds the government troops to remain loyal to the Constitution and the flag. KING RODRIGUEZ/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Duterte holding on to China's promise on Scarborough Shoal

Nov 01, 2017 - 8:17 AM

The President says, 'I cannot imagine myself getting involved in a violent and almost suicide action'

Oops! PH uses Taiwan logo in event to thank China

Oct 09, 2017 - 12:50 PM

Ironically, the event was to mark a 'new era' of ties between the Philippine and Chinese militaries following years of tension over control of the West Philippine Sea

WRONG LOGO. The Philippine Department of National Defense uses the logo of Taiwan's Ministry of Defense in event with China. Rappler photo

Duterte meets with chief of U.S. Pacific Command

Aug 23, 2017 - 7:12 PM

On the same day Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte receives officers of the China Communications Construction Company

PACOM CHIEF. President Rodrigo Duterte meets with Admiral Harry Harris Jr, commander of the US Pacific Command, who paid a courtesy call on the President in Malacañang on August 23, 2017. Malacañang photo

Cayetano conceals facts about China ships near Sandy Cay

Aug 22, 2017 - 12:55 PM

While keeping the facts secret Secretary Cayetano hits Justice Carpio for using the wrong facts about Sandy Cay near Pag asa Island in the disputed West Philippine Sea

CONCEALING FACTS. Philippine Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano refuses to disclose the facts about the Chinese ships reportedly guarding Sandy Cay near Pag-asa Island in the West Philippine Sea. Screen grab from Rappler video