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World's biggest trade deal to be delayed to 2020 – draft ASEAN statement

Nov 03, 2019 - 5:55 PM

(UPDATED) Objections by India have dashed hopes of finalizing the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership at the ASEAN Summit 2019

ASEAN-INDIA SUMMIT. ASEAN leaders and India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi (6th from left) pose for a group photo during the 16th ASEAN-India Summit in Bangkok on November 3, 2019, on the sidelines of the 35th Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit. Photo by Lillian Suwanrumpha/AFP

IN PHOTOS: Philippine Navy team returns triumphant from sea drills held in China

Nov 08, 2018 - 7:04 PM

The Philippine Navy team stands out in the communication drill despite bringing a logistics vessel, 'BRP Dagupan City,' whose technology was inferior to the frigates brought in by the other countries

Photo by Carmela Fonbuena/Rappler

ASEAN’s existential question

Nov 23, 2017 - 9:00 AM

Can it have a united voice on the South China Sea and achieve peace in these contested waters?

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, November 17, 2017

Nov 17, 2017 - 11:00 AM

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Trump defends Asia trip, vows 'maximum pressure' on North Korea

Nov 16, 2017 - 7:46 AM

Trump and his supporters are fighting a rearguard action against suggestions that the trip was a failure

ENTOURAGE. US President Donald Trump during the ASEN-US Commemorative Summit at the Philippine International Convention Center in Pasay City on November 13, 2017. Malacanang photo

[ANALYSIS] ASEAN likes, but also fears, China's economic weight

Nov 12, 2017 - 9:30 AM

Recent analyses make the case for why ASEAN's 10 member countries need to work on deepening trade and investment ties among themselves

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 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


China warns ASEAN vs 'outside parties' in South China Sea

Aug 06, 2017 - 6:45 PM

This comes after foreign ministers of ASEAN and China adopted the framework of a Code of Conduct in the disputed South China Sea

CHINA'S TOP DIPLOMAT Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi grants an interview with reporters on August 6, 2017, during the 50th ASEAN Ministerial Meeting and Related Meetings. ASEAN pool photo

ASEAN, China 'working very hard' for sea pact – PH

Feb 20, 2017 - 6:55 AM

ASEAN and China bank on a fresh momentum for a legally binding code of conduct in the South China Sea the Philippines says

COC PUSHED. Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs spokesman Charles Jose says ASEAN and China 'are working very hard' for a legally binding code of conduct in the South China Sea. Photo by Paterno Esmaquel II/Rappler

Obama on China, Duterte, De Lima | 6PM wRap

Sep 08, 2016 - 9:54 PM

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Renato Corona, Zambales LP bets, China’s warning | 12PM wRap

Apr 29, 2016 - 11:54 AM

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Cebu Pacific wants to be official PH carrier for ASEAN-China flights

Feb 23, 2016 - 4:15 PM

Cebu Pacific also welcomes 2016 with higher passenger traffic in January

RECORD HIGH. The surge in passengers continues to be driven by strong loads on its increasing international network and strong domestic sales. Photo by Edwin Llobrera/Rappler

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 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

5 ways China, ASEAN countries can stop plastic pollution – study

Oct 08, 2015 - 6:30 PM

China, Indonesia, the Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam are responsible for more than half of all plastic waste in the ocean

PLASTIC TIDE. A rubbish collector gathers floating plastic garbage in Manila Bay. Photo by EPA/Ritchie B. Tongo

Beijing says South China Sea land reclamation completed

Aug 05, 2015 - 10:00 PM

A diplomatic source says lighthouses medical and emergency rescue facilities and meteorological and marine installations will be constructed next

Subi Reef, Spratly Islands, South China Sea. Photo courtesy of Victor Robert Lee/DigitalGlobe   Photo by Victor Robert Lee/Digital Globe

Roxas steps down, ‘True SONA,’ regional security | 12PM wRap

Aug 03, 2015 - 12:55 PM

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ASEAN, China discuss 'hotline' for sea dispute

Aug 02, 2015 - 12:14 PM

A hotline is proposed to deal with emergencies in the South China Sea a body of water claimed by several ASEAN countries and China

BURIED REEFS. A photo obtained by Rappler shows the status of reclamation activities in Keenan (Chigua) Reef in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea) as of December 12, 2014

Aquino on ASEAN response to China: 'Very substantial progress'

Apr 29, 2015 - 12:19 PM

The Philippine president says other ASEAN countries are now more proactive in addressing China s actions in the disputed South China Sea

ASEAN CONCERNS. President Benigno Aquino III meets with members of Philippine Media delegation covering the 26th ASEAN Summit in Malaysia on April 28, 2015. Photo by Ryan Lim/ Malacañang Photo Bureau

Summit to urge 'self-restraint' in South China Sea dispute

Apr 24, 2015 - 4:25 PM

Leaders of the ASEAN will gather in Malaysia on Monday for an annual meeting expected to include discussion of efforts underway by China to create islands on fragile coral reefs whose ownership is disputed

SELF-RESTRAINT. A handout picture dated 12 April 2015 and made available by the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Public Affairs Office on 20 April 2015 shows a reproduction photo of the construction at Subi Reef in the disputed Spratley Islands in the south China Sea by China on 12 April 2015. Photo by Armed Forces of the Philippines?EPA

PH cites 'growing int'l concern' over China reclamation

Apr 12, 2015 - 12:28 AM

The Department of Foreign Affairs says China s reclamation activities in the South China sea undermine our collective efforts to build regional security and stability

SUBJECT OF PROTESTS. A photo obtained by Rappler shows the status of reclamation activities in Keenan (Chigua) Reef in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea) as of December 12, 2014.

Binay witness surfaces, China's reclamation, Japanese ISIS hostages | The wRap

Jan 22, 2015 - 7:00 PM

Another alleged Binay dummy surfaces Photos show China’s massive reclamation on a West Philippine Sea reef The clock ticks for Japanese ISIS hostages

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

Aquino back from 'fruitful, maximized' APEC, ASEAN meetings

Nov 14, 2014 - 11:48 AM

Back from a 4 day trip President Benigno Aquino III says the Philippines showed its readiness to cooperate in addressing global problems while pursuing its own advocacies

GOOD NEWS. President Benigno Aquino III says his 'productive' and 'timely' participation at the APEC Leaders Meeting in China and the ASEAN Summit in Myanmar bodes well for Philippine relations with the rest of the world. File photo by Malacañang Photo Bureau

Remulla: Trillanes a 'destroyer', Aquino at ASEAN, comet landing | The wRap

Nov 12, 2014 - 9:55 PM

Cavite Gov Jonvic Remulla: Sen Trillanes a destroyer At ASEAN no specifics from Aquino on China Europe set to make history with comet landing mission

Rappler Newscast | August 14, 2014

Aug 14, 2014 - 7:51 PM

President Aquino says he’s open to a second term as president A survey says most Filipinos don’t understand the pork barrel scam An expert says the sea dispute is Asia’s “Game of Thrones

Aquino, Obama to tackle China issue

Apr 01, 2014 - 4:58 PM

President Aquino and US President Obama will discuss the West Philippine Sea dispute when they meet in Manila in late April

Japan, ASEAN agree to boost economic ties

Dec 15, 2013 - 5:53 PM

The leaders discuss increasing exchanges of top diplomats and defense officials and closer coastguard cooperation

apanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (C) smiles with Myanmar's President Thein Sein (L) and Philippine President Benigno Aquino III (R) leaving the stage during a gala dinner of the ASEAN-Japan commemorative summit meeting hosted by Japanese prime minister in Tokyo on December 14, 2013. AFP PHOTO / POOL / TOSHIFUMI KITAMURA

PH, US, allies push China for progress on disputes

Oct 10, 2013 - 6:52 PM

President Benigno Aquino III tells the summit a code of conduct should be completed as soon as possible

CODE OF CONDUCT. To achieve peace, Southeast Asian leaders and China discuss a Code of Conduct on the South China Sea. Photo by Malacañang Photo Bureau

Aquino takes jab at China: 'Follow the law'

Oct 09, 2013 - 4:54 PM

UPDATED China for its part says it should stick to dialogue on South China Sea disputes

China's Li stresses ASEAN trade, downplays rows

Sep 04, 2013 - 3:23 PM

Li called for an upgraded version of the free trade deal between the two sides and insisted disruptive factors should not get in the way of regional cooperation

In this file photo, Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang after the signing ceremony of several agreements between Switzerland and China in Kehrsatz near Bern, Switzerland, 24 May 2013. EPA/Peter Klaunzer

PH invites China after 'testy exchanges'

Jul 04, 2013 - 3:49 PM

DFA chief Albert del Rosario says he wouldn t deny that he broke diplomatic niceties to defend the Philippines

South China Sea dispute drifts into international waters

Jun 26, 2013 - 12:24 PM

Expert: The South China Sea dispute is no longer a conflict between China and ASEAN

DISPUTED. This territory west of the Philippines is claimed by six countries

PH to ASEAN: Implement principles on South China Sea

Nov 18, 2012 - 4:22 PM

Aquino called for ASEAN to implement its Six Point Principles on the South China Sea for maintaining peace and stability in the region

CENTRALITY. President Benigno Aquino III attends the 21st ASEAN Summit in Phnom Penh, Cambodia on November 18. Photo by Gil Nartea / Malacañang Photo Bureau

Round 2: Philippines, ASEAN vs China

Nov 18, 2012 - 1:34 PM

Will Manila s efforts be successful or will Beijing manage to exert enough pressure over Cambodia to block a joint statement over the South China Sea?

ROUND 2. President Benigno Aquino III will have another swing at getting ASEAN to present a united front against China. Photo from Aquino's departure ceremony by Lauro Motellano/ Malacañang Photo Bureau

China's hand in PH, Cambodia

Aug 01, 2012 - 6:09 PM

Both the Philippines and Cambodia receive aid from China but now differ in dealing with Beijing

Invest in Asean, understand a misaligned China

Jul 16, 2012 - 10:22 AM

The Philippines should have a clear eyed view of China’s perspective A divided Asean is in Beijing’s interests

ASEAN open to talks with Beijing over South China Sea

Jul 09, 2012 - 11:34 PM

ASEAN leaders agree to have ASEAN senior officials meet with China to discuss code of conduct

Asian nations in talks to ease tensions

Jul 09, 2012 - 6:18 AM

Manila is leading a push to persuade China to accept a code of conduct in the sea where tensions have flared with both Vietnam and the Philippines accusing Beijing of aggressive behavior

HOST: Cambodia hosts this week's Asean summit and the Asean Regional Forum. Photo courtesy of