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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

China Communist Party agrees to amend constitution at key conclave

Oct 14, 2017 - 11:18 PM

Analysts speculate that President Xi Jinping's name could be added to the party's constitution, elevating him into the exclusive pantheon of Chinese leaders

AMENDMENT. Analysts say the party might add President Xi Jinping's name in the constitution elevating him into the exclusive pantheon of Chinese leaders. AFP photo

U.S. probes North Korea's willingness to talk

Sep 30, 2017 - 10:35 PM

(UPDATED) The US State Department says that while such communications channels do exist North Korea has shown no interest in talking about giving up its nuclear weapons

TILLERSON IN CHINA. US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson (L) attends a meeting with Chinese State Councilor Yang Jiechi (not pictured) at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on September 30, 2017. Photo by Lintao Zhang/Pool/AFP

Tillerson in China to pile pressure on North Korea

Sep 30, 2017 - 1:48 PM

(UPDATED) The visit comes as relations between the two superpowers appear to be improving after months of tensions over how to handle North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un's nuclear provocations

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. Photo by Brendan Smialowski / AFP

BRICS leaders 'strongly deplore' North Korea nuclear blast

Sep 04, 2017 - 8:27 AM

UPDATED BRICS is already struggling to live down doubts about its own cohesion that have spiked since nuclear armed China and India engaged in a protracted standoff over a disputed Himalayan region

Delegates arrive prior to the opening ceremony of the BRICS Business Forum in Xiamen, Fujian province on September 3, 2017. Fred Dufour/Pool/AFP

Chinese Communist Party congress set for October 18 – state media

Aug 31, 2017 - 7:11 PM

The congress will decide a new line up for the all powerful Politburo Standing Committee the group of 7 politicians who run the world s second largest economy

XI JINPING. Chinese President Xi Jinping attends a meeting with his Serbian counterpart at the Palace of Serbia in Belgrade on June 18, 2016. File photo by Oliver Bunic/AFP

Xi urges Trump to avoid exacerbating North Korea tensions

Aug 12, 2017 - 9:05 AM

UPDATED Chinese President Xi Jinping also calls on relevant parties to maintain restraint and to persist in the general direction of dialogue negotiations and a political settlement

China will protect its sovereignty – Xi

Aug 01, 2017 - 1:51 PM

The message comes as the ruling Communist Party faces political resistance in semi autonomous Hong Kong and self ruled Taiwan and border disputes with its neighbors

A Chinese flag flies near apartment buildings in Beijing on September 11, 2015. Greg Baker/AFP

China's Xi urges need for 'world-class' army loyal to party

Jul 31, 2017 - 12:40 AM

I believe that our heroic army has the confidence and capability to defeat all invading enemies says Chinese President Xi Jinping at a major military parade

Chinese military helicopters fly in a formation to make the number "90" during a military parade at the Zhurihe training base in China's northern Inner Mongolia region on July 30, 2017. China held a parade of its armed forces on July 30 to mark the 90th anniversary of the People's Liberation Army (PLA) in a display of military might. / AFP PHOTO / STR / China OUT

Duterte: PH, China to do joint exploration in West PH Sea

Jul 24, 2017 - 10:17 PM

The Philippine President says there are already talks to get the joint development of oil and gas started

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte discusses matters with Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines Zhao Jianhua on the sidelines of the ceremonial turnover of the military assistance gratis from the Ministry of National Defense of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) at the Clark Air Base in Pampanga on June 28, 2017. SIMEON CELI JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

China's Xi calls for more imports and more 'open economy'

Jul 18, 2017 - 3:58 PM

Speaking to a Communist Party committee on financial and economic affairs Xi calls for expanding imports while stabilizing exports state media report

POWERING UP. Workers check power lines during maintenance work in Laian, in China's eastern Anhui province on July 17, 2017. Stringer/AFP

Trump versus the rest as violent G20 wraps up

Jul 08, 2017 - 6:50 PM

US President Donald Trump remains at loggerheads with fellow leaders over climate change as the most fractious and violent G20 summit to date drew to a close ahead of fresh mass protests

ON FIRE. Protesters have set barricades alight on July 7, 2017 in Hamburg, northern Germany, where leaders of the world's top economies gather for a G20 summit. Photo by Markus Scholz / dpa / AFP

'Schoolmaster' Xi leaves Hong Kong smarting

Jul 02, 2017 - 1:58 PM

By putting national security and education front and center Xi is pushing Hong Kong s new Beijing friendly leader Carrie Lam to revisit two potentially explosive catalysts for social and political unrest

Hong Kong's new Chief Executive Carrie Lam (L) shakes hands with China's President Xi Jinping (R) after being sworn in as the territory's new leader at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre in Hong Kong on July 1, 2017. Anthony Wallace/AFP

China's Xi draws 'red line' in Hong Kong

Jul 01, 2017 - 2:10 PM

UPDATED President Xi Jinping says any threat to China s sovereignty and security or to the power of the central government crosses the red line and is absolutely impermissible

RED LINE. Chinese President Xi Jinping in Belgrade on June 18, 2016. File photo by Oliver Bunic/AFP

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As Trump ditches Paris, California leads on environment

Jun 29, 2017 - 9:00 AM

Meeting Xi Jinping in China Governor Jerry Brown steps up as the global face of progressive climate policy in the US

CLIMATE ADVOCATE. In this picture taken on June 8, 2017, California Governor Jerry Brown speaks during an energy policy conference in Beijing. Fred Dufour/AFP

China's President Xi visits divided Hong Kong

Jun 29, 2017 - 6:56 AM

5th UPDATE Xi Jinping s 3 day visit is his first since becoming leader in 2013 and comes 3 years after huge pro democracy protests crippled the semi autonomous city for months

WELCOME TO HONG KONG. China's President Xi Jinping (C) and his wife Peng Liyuan (front R) are greeted by Hong Kong's outgoing Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying (L) and well-wishers upon their arrival at Hong Kong's international airport on June 29, 2017. Anthony Wallace/AFP

Hong Kong in Beijing's shadow 20 years after handover

Jun 27, 2017 - 2:00 PM

The 20th anniversary of the Hong Kong handover comes at a time when many fear the semi autonomous city s freedoms are being lost to an ever more assertive Beijing

In this photo taken on April 27, 2017, a poster commemorating the 20th anniversary since the city was handed back to China by colonial ruler Britain is displayed near the hoisted flags of Hong Kong (3rd R) and China (2nd R) on a waterfront promenade in Hong Kong. Anthony Wallace/AFP

Hong Kong activists stage China protest ahead of Xi visit

Jun 26, 2017 - 8:18 AM

High profile student campaigner Joshua Wong and a dozen demonstrators attach the black cloth to the giant golden bauhinia flower on Hong Kong s harborfront in an early morning protest

BLACK COVER. Demosisto party members and democracy campaigner Joshua Wong (not seen) take part in a protest to cover the Golden Bauhinia statue with a black cloth in Hong Kong on June 26, 2017, ahead of the 20th anniversary of the city's handover from Britain to China on July 1.Anthony Wallace/AFP

China's Xi to attend Hong Kong handover anniversary

Jun 25, 2017 - 12:21 PM

It will be Xi s first visit to Hong Kong since the head of the Communist Party became president in 2013

TWO DECADES. In this photo taken on April 27, 2017, the hoisted flags of Hong Kong (C) and China are seen with a banner commemorating the 20th anniversary of the Hong Kong handover, in front of the government headquarters in Hong Kong. Anthony Wallace/AFP

China-backed militia new powerbrokers in Myanmar peace process

May 26, 2017 - 7:47 PM

Analysts say the United Wa State Army s growing muscle in the peace talks is strengthening Beijing s hand as it looks to tap Myanmar s vast natural resources and secure new energy projects

Duterte told Trump to 'keep the pressure' on N. Korea

May 24, 2017 - 8:19 PM

UPDATED A classified transcript obtained by Rappler via US based The Intercept shows that President Rodrigo Duterte views North Korean leader Kim Jong Un as the madman of this generation

PHONE CALL. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte speaks to Chinese President Xi Jinping on the phone with the help of Special Assistant to the President Bong Go. Malacañang file photo

Cayetano denies China 'bullying' Philippines with war threat

May 23, 2017 - 11:56 AM

The context was not threatening each other that we ll go to war Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano says

TOP DIPLOMAT. Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano attends his flag ceremony as head of the Department of Foreign Affairs on May 22, 2017. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Duterte claims Xi warned of war if PH 'forces issue' in disputed sea

May 19, 2017 - 9:08 PM

UPDATED The Philippine President claims he was told by China s Xi Jinping: If you force the issue we will go to war

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China's Xi calls for South Korea ties to get back on track

May 19, 2017 - 1:43 PM

We re willing to work with South Korea to preserve the hard won results properly handle disputes put China South Korea relations back onto a normal track says Chinese President Xi Jinping

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

30 countries reject protectionism at China's Belt and Road Forum

May 16, 2017 - 6:15 PM

Leaders who participated in China s Belt and Road Forum lay down cooperation principles for the Belt and Road Initiative

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Duterte: China 'sincere' about commitments to PH

May 16, 2017 - 8:08 AM

The Philippine leader gives the assurance to Filipinos amid concerns that loans from China for his ambitious infrastructure program may turn the country into a debt slave of the regional giant

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte is escorted by Armed Forces Chief General Eduardo Año upon his arrival at Francisco Bangoy International Airport in Davao City after his successful engagement in Cambodia, Hongkong, and the Republic of China. In his arrival speech, Pres. Duterte expressed the gratitude that the country renewed and resolved to strengthen friendship and partnership among various countries including a step forward in peacefully managing disputes. He added that his primary agenda is the people’s welfare and reiterates his mandate to not only to build infrastructure but it is to build a strong and progressive nation.    President Rodrigo Roa Duterte is accorded with full military honors upon his arrival at Francisco Bangoy International Airport in Davao City at dawn of May 16, 2017 following his successful visits to Cambodia, Hongkong, and the People's Republic of China.    Armed Forces of the Philippine Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Eduardo Año escorted the President as he walked past honor guards.    In his arrival speech, President Duterte expressed gratitude to the leaders of the countries he has visited as well as the countries that he had bilateral talks with on the sidelines of the Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation in China citing that Philippines has renewed and resolved to strengthen friendship and partnership with other countries.    President Duterte added that his primary agenda is to forge stronger ties so that he could improve the welfare of the Filipinos. PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

PH, China sign deal on P3.6-B grant for Pasig River bridges

May 15, 2017 - 11:05 PM

Duterte and Xi also witness the signing of 3 MOUs on human resource development energy and communications

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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

Duterte joins Belt and Road talks with 28 other leaders

May 15, 2017 - 8:30 PM

The Philippine leader introduces his administration s ambitious infrastructure plan and stresses the need to fight illegal drugs

READY TO CONTRIBUTE. President Rodrigo Duterte participates in two leaders' roundtable summits during the Belt and Road Forum in Beijing, China. Presidential photo

China's Xi: Belt and Road Initiative to benefit all

May 14, 2017 - 12:50 PM

UPDATED Xi pitches for win win cooperation and partnerships with no confrontation as he opens the two day Belt and Road Forum

'WIN-WIN.' Chinese President Xi Jinping makes a pitch for the Belt and Road Initiative in front of world leaders in Beijing in the first Belt and Road Forum. Screenshot from CGTN website

Duterte joins China summit on new Silk Road

May 14, 2017 - 10:41 AM

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte arrives in China for a two day forum on Chinese President Xi Jinping s signature foreign policy program

BACK IN CHINA. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte arrives in Beijing on May 13, 2017, to attend China's two-day Belt and Road Forum. Malacañang photo

FAST FACTS: China’s Belt and Road Forum

May 14, 2017 - 1:22 AM

The two day forum in Beijing is an opportunity for China to explain to other countries its grand vision to revive and expand the Silk Road trade routes and help fund developing countries infrastructure projects to boot

SUMMIT-READY ROAD. Banners are displayed along a street ahead of the Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation in Beijing on May 9, 2017. Photo by Wang Zhao/Agence France-Presse

What to expect from Duterte at China’s Belt and Road Forum

May 13, 2017 - 11:44 PM

UPDATED The Philippine President will get to see his idol Russian President Vladimir Putin again and will give a speech about his country s experience with China

BACK IN BEIJING. President Rodrigo Duterte, beside his partner Honeylet Avanceña, arrives at Beijing's special airport terminal on Saturday, May 13

Upaya Indonesia lirik peluang dalam KTT Jalur Sutera Tiongkok

May 13, 2017 - 6:06 PM

Di forum tersebut Indonesia akan menawarkan proposal proyek proyek strategis untuk dapat dibiayai

JALUR SUTERA. Presiden Joko "Jokowi" Widodo bersama Ibu Negara Iriana Jokowi meninggalkan Lanud Halim menuju ke Tiongkok untuk menghadiri KTT Jalur Sutera pada Sabtu, 13 Mei. Foto oleh Biro Pers Istana

China tells the world bedtime stories in propaganda drive

May 13, 2017 - 1:01 PM

State run media bombards the internet with a series of videos touting Xi Jinping s One Belt One Road Initiative ahead of a two day summit on the project

CHINESE LEADER. This file photo taken on September 3, 2016 shows China's President Xi Jinping speaking during the opening ceremony of the B20 Summit prior to the G20 Summit in Hangzhou. Photo by Aly Song/AFP

Duterte in Belt and Road Forum affirms PH back in China’s embrace

May 13, 2017 - 9:26 AM

For China President Duterte s presence in their high profile forum means the Philippines is back in its sphere of influence

COOPERATING WITH CHINA. President Rodrigo Duterte shakes hands with President Xi Jinping, architect of the Belt and Road Initiative, during his state visit in October 2016. File photo by Toto Lozano/PPD

New South Korean president in calls with China, Japan leaders

May 11, 2017 - 2:59 PM

President Moon Jae In begins shaping his approach to the nuclear armed North

CALLING MR XI. South Korea's new President Moon Jae-In talks over the telephone with Chinese leader Xi Jinping at the presidential Blue House in Seoul on May 11, 2017. Yonhap/AFP

China champions globalization with new Silk Road summit

May 11, 2017 - 2:29 PM

The forum will promote President Xi Jinping s One Belt One Road Initiative OBOR a massive Chinese bankrolled infrastructure project to link the country with Africa Asia and Europe

SUMMIT-READY ROAD. Banners are displayed along a street ahead of Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation in Beijing on May 9, 2017. Wang Zhao/AFP

China's Xi vows to defend climate pact in call with Macron

May 09, 2017 - 8:59 PM

China and France should protect the achievements of global governance including the Paris Agreement Chinese President Xi Jinping tells French President elect Emmanuel Macron

CLIMATE CHANGE. Chinese President Xi Jinping pledges to protect the Paris Agreement on curbing climate change during a phone call with French President-elect Emmanuel Macron. Macron file photo by Pascal Lachenaud/AFP; Xi file photo by Oliver Bunic/AFP

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Duterte asks China's Xi to intervene in Korean Peninsula

May 04, 2017 - 8:20 PM

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte says it was US President Donald Trump who told him to seek the intervention of Chinese President Xi Jinping

FRIENDS WITH CHINA. President Rodrigo Duterte is welcomed by Chinese President Xi Jinping during his arrival at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing in October 2016. Photo by Toto Lozano/PPD

Calls from Trump, Xi show Duterte's 'statesmanship' – Palace

May 04, 2017 - 2:38 PM

Phone calls from two powerful world leaders prove that President Rodrigo Duterte is being recognized for his leadership in Southeast Asia says Malacañang

ASEAN CHAIRMAN. President Rodrigo Duterte leads the plenary at the 30th ASEAN Summit on April 29. Presidential photo

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Duterte, Xi discuss South China Sea, North Korea in phone call

May 03, 2017 - 8:07 PM

3rd UPDATE Duterte speaking to Xi referred to China s important role in promoting peace [in] the Korean Peninsula says the DFA

Trump's fondness for strongmen trumps rights concerns

May 02, 2017 - 11:00 AM

Donald Trump s latest invitations fit a pattern that has outraged human rights defenders and given pause to even some of usually hardheaded realists in the Washington foreign policy set

FISTBUMP. US President Donald Trump speaks during an event with Independent Community Bankers Association in the Kennedy Garden of the White House on May 1, 2017 in Washington, DC. Mandel Ngan/AFP

Beijing gloats over Trump Taiwan snub

Apr 28, 2017 - 3:39 PM

UPDATED President Donald Trump says he does not want to risk his newfound personal relationship with China s president Xi Jinping

ONE CHINA? During a recent telephone call, President-elect Donald Trump and President Tsai Ing-wen discuss 'the close economic, political, and security ties' between Taiwan and the United States. File photos by Sam Yeh/AFP; Spencer Platt/Getty Images/AFP

In call with Trump, Xi urges 'restraint' on North Korea

Apr 24, 2017 - 1:57 PM

The conversation comes amid growing concerns that Pyongyang will conduct another nuclear or missile test to mark the 85th anniversary on Tuesday of the founding of its Korean People s Army

URGING RESTRAINT. Chinese President Xi Jinping in the Maldives on September 14, 2014. File photo by AFP.