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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

China tightens screws on social media

Jan 28, 2018 - 9:31 PM

Authorities take aim not just on explicit depictions of sex and violence, but anything they consider low brow from crude cartoons and dirty jokes to celebrity gossip

CONTROL. China tightly controls web content as restrictions on free speech have increased since President Xi Jinping assumed power in 2012. Photo by Rappler

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Jan 02, 2018 - 11:33 AM

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China has shut down 13,000 websites since 2015 – Xinhua

Dec 24, 2017 - 5:47 PM

The news comes as the Communist country continues to strengthen its already tight regulation of the internet

VIDEO BANS. A man uses a computer in an internet cafe in Beijing on June 1, 2017. File photo by Greg Baker/AFP

South Korea's Moon seeks rapprochement in China visit

Dec 11, 2017 - 4:16 PM

Moon Jae-In heads to Beijing on Wednesday, December 13, and will hold a summit with Chinese President Xi Jinping

TO CHINA. South Korean President Moon Jae-in during the 31st ASEAN summit in Manila. Photo by Russell Palma/Pool Photo/File

'Should've left them in jail!' – Trump slams ungrateful LaVar Ball

Nov 20, 2017 - 2:58 PM

Donald Trump takes it out on social media to respond to LaVar Ball's ungratefulness

UNGRATEFUL. The US President Donald Trump calls out LaVar Ball for being 'ungrateful'. File Photo by Nicholas Kamm/AFP

U.S. college players released by China thank Trump

Nov 16, 2017 - 1:53 PM

All 3 UCLA players LiAngelo Ball – the younger brother of LA Lakers rookie star Lonzo Ball – Cody Riley and Jalen Hill admit guilt and thank US President Donald Trump for helping secure their release

GRATEFUL. This file photo taken on February 23, 2017 shows LiAngelo Ball #3 while he was still playing for Chino Hills High School. Photo by Josh Lefkowitz / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / AFP

LiAngelo Ball, 2 other UCLA players arrested in China arrive in U.S.

Nov 15, 2017 - 3:28 PM

UCLA's LiAngelo Ball – the younger brother of Los Angeles Lakers rookie star Lonzo Ball – and teammates Cody Riley and Jalen Hill arrive on a flight from Shanghai to Los Angeles

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

Trump backs U.S. spy agencies on poll meddling but slams Putin 'haters'

Nov 12, 2017 - 11:30 AM

(UPDATED) Trump returns to the subject in an early morning Twitter storm, which also sees him take a sarcastic dig at North Korea's 'short and fat' leader Kim Jong-Un

IN HANOI. US President Donald Trump attends a joint press conference with his Vietnamese counterpart Tran Dai Quang at the Presidential Palace in Hanoi on November 12, 2017. Luong Thai Linh/Pool/AFP

Trump says Putin 'means it' with U.S. election meddling denials

Nov 12, 2017 - 8:29 AM

Trump says he repeatedly asked Putin about the claims during their chats at the APEC summit in Vietnam

BACKED. US President Trump says he believes in Russia President Putin. AFP Photo

Duterte says Xi downplayed sea militarization in meeting

Nov 12, 2017 - 2:16 AM

The Chinese leader also supposedly assures President Rodrigo Duterte that Beijing respects other countries' rights to free passage in the disputed South China Sea

LOOK: Duterte, other leaders pose for family photo at APEC 2017

Nov 11, 2017 - 11:29 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte and 20 other world leaders attend the APEC Economic Leaders' Meeting in Vietnam

FAMILY PHOTO. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte joins his fellow leaders from the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) member countries as they pose for the family photo at the Intercontinental Da Nang Resort in Vietnam on November 11, 2017. All photos by 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

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Duterte to push for sea code of conduct in meeting with Xi

Nov 10, 2017 - 1:25 PM

The Philippine leader plans to relay to the Chinese president the worry of ASEAN nations over militarization in the South China Sea


Trump and Xi to set out competing trade visions at APEC

Nov 10, 2017 - 12:14 PM

In a day mixing big hitters of politics and business, Trump will share the venue with world leaders including Russia's Vladimir Putin, Japan's Shinzo Abe and China's Xi Jinping, who casts his country as the new architect of global free trade

TRUMP AND THE APEC SUMMIT. US President Donald Trump waves as he boards Air Force One before flying to Vietnam to attend the annual Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum, at Beijing airport on November 10, 2017.  Photo by Jim Watson/ AFP

Trump praises China's 'highly respected' Xi

Nov 10, 2017 - 9:06 AM

Trump showers his host with accolades following two days of meetings during which the US leader sought to convince Xi to do more to reduce a trade deficit with China and rein in nuclear-armed North Korea.

SHAKING HANDS. US President Donald Trump (L) shakes hands with China's President Xi Jinping at the end of a press conference at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on November 9, 2017. Photo by Fred Dufour/AFP

Trump urges China's Xi to work 'hard' and fast on North Korea

Nov 09, 2017 - 2:01 PM

Trump also decries China's 'one-sided and unfair' trade surplus with the United States but told Xi 'I don't blame China,' as the two countries sign more than $250 billion in business deals

BUDDIES. China's President Xi Jinping (L) and US President Donald Trump attend a welcome ceremony at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on November 9, 2017. Nicolas Asfouri/AFP

Emboldened Xi, weakened Trump face tough talks

Nov 09, 2017 - 7:13 AM

Donald Trump and Xi Jinping will put their professed friendship to the test as they hold tough talks on trade and North Korea

VIP TOUR. US President Donald Trump (back 2nd R), First Lady Melania Trump (back R) and China's President Xi Jinping (back L) tour the Conservation Scientific Laboratory of the Forbidden City in Beijing on November 8, 2017. Andy Wong/Pool/AFP

Duterte arrives in Vietnam for APEC Summit, bilateral meetings

Nov 08, 2017 - 8:00 PM

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte is set to have bilateral meetings with leaders like Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping on the sidelines of the APEC Summit

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte disembarks from the Philippine Airlines chartered flight upon his arrival at the Da Nang International Airport in Vietnam on November 8, 2017 for his participation in the 25th Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Economic Leaders’ Meeting (AELM). Malacañan Photo

Duterte to ask China to clarify plans in West PH Sea

Nov 08, 2017 - 7:00 PM

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte plans to ask Chinese President Xi Jinping: 'What are the stakes? Do you want to control the passage or do we have the free passage?'


Trump lands in China for talks on North Korea

Nov 08, 2017 - 3:20 PM

US President Donald Trump arrives in Beijing for the critical leg of his Asia tour to drum up an uncompromising, global front against the nuclear weapons ambitions of North Korea

WELCOME TO BEIJING. US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump descend from Air Force One after arriving in Beijing on November 8, 2017. Jim Watson/AFP

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

Trump warns China, Japan could take action on North Korea

Nov 03, 2017 - 6:28 PM

'Japan is a warrior nation, and I tell China and I tell everyone else that listens, I mean, you're gonna have yourself a big problem with Japan pretty soon if you allow this to continue with North Korea," Trump tells Fox News

WARNING. US President Donald Trump speaks as he meets with House Republican leaders and Republican members at the White House in Washington, DC, on November 2, 2017. Photo by  Nicholas Kamm/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

South Korea, China seek to warm frozen ties

Oct 31, 2017 - 2:27 PM

This comes as the neighbors' relationship is strained by a US missile defense system

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

Business leaders bow to Xi as Communist Party pushes in

Oct 29, 2017 - 12:29 PM

Under President Xi Jinping, the country's ruling party is muscling back into business, expanding its reach in private enterprise

CHINA'S LEADER. Chinese President Xi Jinping listens to a speech of the Czech President after signing a bilateral treaty of strategic partnership on March 29, 2016, in Prague. Photo by Michal Cizek/AFP

The week in photos: October 21-27, 2017

Oct 28, 2017 - 2:50 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

CHAT. Pope Francis (R) speaks during a video conference connection with the International Space Station (ISS), at the Vatican on 26 October, 2017. Photo by Osservatore Romeno/AFP

China warns U.S. not to allow Taiwan stopover

Oct 27, 2017 - 10:37 PM

Reports say Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen will transit through Hawaii and the US territory of Guam next week

STOPOVER. Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen speaks during a conference between Taiwan and China relations organized by Taiwan's Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) in Taipei on October 26, 2017. Photo by Sam YEH/AFP

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, October 26, 2017

Oct 26, 2017 - 11:15 AM

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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 23, 2017 - 12:54 PM

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Tiga Tahun Jokowi-JK, melaksanakan tiga nasihat Presiden Xi Jinping

Oct 23, 2017 - 8:55 AM

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PERTEMUAN BILATERAL. Presiden Joko ‘Jokowi’ Widodo bersalaman dengan Presiden Tiongkok Xi Jinping saat adakan pertemuan bilateral kedua negara di Beijing, Tiongkok, pada 9 November 2014. Foto oleh Jason Lee/EPA

China's economic growth slows in Q3 but on course to beat target

Oct 19, 2017 - 12:20 PM

The readings come as Xi Jinping is set to secure another 5-year term as the party's general secretary at the highly choreographed week-long congress

PROGRESS. A Chinese worker looks on outside an construction site in the Central Business District of Beijing on October 17, 2017. Wang Zhao/AFP

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Oct 18, 2017 - 11:47 PM

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China ready to 'defeat' Taiwan independence – Xi

Oct 18, 2017 - 3:36 PM

Xi warns that China has 'the resolve, the confidence, and the ability to defeat separatist attempts for Taiwan independence in any form'

China's President Xi Jinping delivers a speech at the opening session of the Chinese Communist Party's Congress at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on October 18, 2017.  Nicolas Asfouri/AFP

Xi declares 'new era' for China as party congress opens

Oct 18, 2017 - 11:54 AM

(3rd UPDATE) Xi says the party must 'resolutely oppose' any actions that undermine its leadership as it steers a course through a high-stakes period in its development

KEYNOTE. Chinese President Xi Jinping delivers a speech at the opening session of the Chinese Communist Party's Congress at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on October 18, 2017. Wang Zhao/AFP

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

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