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SONA 2019: Duterte insists on fishing deal, threat of war with China

Jul 22, 2019 - 10:38 PM

Duterte reiterates that pushing for the country's sovereign rights in the West Philippine Sea would lead to war with China, and that his 'fishing deal' with the Chinese is legal

SOVEREIGN RIGHTS. The FB Gem-Ver at the shores of Brgy. San Roque II, San Jose Occidental Mindoro on June 15, 2019, after it was salvaged near the Reed (Recto) Bank following its sinking by a Chinese vessel on June 9. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

China says Hong Kong protests 'absolutely intolerable'

Jul 22, 2019 - 6:47 PM

'Actions by some radical demonstrators have affected the bottom line of the 'one country, two systems' principle, and that is absolutely intolerable,' foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang says in Beijing

HONG KONG'S TROUBLES. Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam (C) speaks to the media during a press conference in Hong Kong on July 22, 2019. Photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP

Swimmers 'don't trust' Sun as doping row boils over

Jul 22, 2019 - 3:10 PM

Sun Yang is facing allegations, outlined in a leaked FIBA doping panel report, that he smashed vials of blood with a hammer when testers visited him last year

GOLD MINE. Sun Yang wins another gold medal. Photo from Twitter/@fina1908

China importers 'seek to lift tariffs' on U.S. farm goods

Jul 21, 2019 - 11:20 PM

Chinese state media outlets report that the importers are acting 'according to the needs of the domestic market'

People head out to pick strawberries in Carlsbad, California on April 22, 2018. - Fresh strawberries are among the 128 US goods China has imposed tariffs on in retaliation for US tariffs on Chinese goods, worth some $50 billion, imposed last month. (Photo by FREDERIC J. BROWN / AFP)

Duterte asserts PH sovereignty to others, except China – analyst

Jul 21, 2019 - 9:55 PM

'[Duterte] compromises sovereignty when it comes to [his] relationship with China and then he asserts sovereignty when it comes to international organizations,' says political analyst Bobby Tuazon

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and President Xi Jinping of People's Republic of China declare their joint press statements following the successful expanded bilateral meeting at the Malacañan Palace on November 20, 2018. Malacanang Photo

Swine fever sends China's pork prices, imports soaring

Jul 21, 2019 - 4:25 PM

'For now, it's the numbers [of pigs] that are falling. Then it will be production...and consumption will fall,' says an analyst, as China deals with its African swine fever outbreak

(FILES) This file photo taken on August 10, 2018 shows pigs resting in a pen at a pig farm in Yiyang county, in China's central Henan province. - China's pork industry has been left reeling from African swine fever, which has devastated its pig herd, sent pork prices soaring and forced the country to increase imports to satisfy demand -- and analysts warn worse is yet to come. (Photo by GREG BAKER / AFP) / TO GO WITH STORY: China-livestock-animals-pork, FOCUS by Sebastien RICCI

[OPINION] Freud's libido and Duterte's jingoism

Jul 21, 2019 - 3:00 PM

International relations are not built on drunken macho street-talk that Duterte has been used to all his life as a mayor in the country’s southern backwaters

U.S. importers find ways to adapt to, skirt Trump's tariffs

Jul 21, 2019 - 10:46 AM

Companies in sectors such as technology, clothing, and footwear are exporting more goods from emerging giants including Vietnam and Malaysia

US TRADE. A container ship sits in the San Francisco Bay on May 13, 2019 in Oakland, California. File photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images/AFP

Tear gas, rubber bullets fired as Hong Kong returns to chaos

Jul 21, 2019 - 9:28 AM

(UPDATED) Acrid clouds of tear gas waft through the city's densely packed commercial district as police battled masked protesters after another huge protest march, with seemingly no end in sight to the turmoil engulfing the finance hub

ACTION. People attend a rally against a controversial extradition law proposal in Sha Tin district of Hong Kong on July 14, 2019. Photo by Philip Fong/AFP

China hampering energy activity in South China Sea – U.S.

Jul 20, 2019 - 11:58 PM

'China should cease its bullying behavior and refrain from engaging in this type of provocative and destabilizing activity,' says the US State Department

SOUTH CHINA SEA US State Department accuses China of threatening regional peace and security by hampering activities in the South China Sea. Photo by AFP / Pool / Ng Han Guan

China opens up finance sector to more foreign investment

Jul 20, 2019 - 9:15 PM

China will remove shareholding limits on foreign ownership of securities, insurance and fund management firms in 2020

Photo by Odd Andersen / AFP

Vietnam accuses China vessels of trespassing in disputed waters

Jul 20, 2019 - 4:41 PM

Vietnam's Ministry of Foreign Affairs criticizes China's survey vessel the Haiyang Dizhi 8, and its escort ships, for entering what is 'completely in the sea area of Vietnam'

Carpio slams China’s 'double standard' in warship passage near Tawi-Tawi

Jul 20, 2019 - 8:17 AM

Although the Philippines observes China's right of innocent passage in its waters, China has consistently tried to stop Filipinos from patrolling parts of the West Philippine Sea

INNOCENT PASSAGE. China's sole operational aircraft carrier, the Liaoning, arrives in Hong Kong waters on July 7, 2017, less than a week after a high-profile visit by president Xi Jinping. China's national defence ministry had said the Liaoning, named after a northeastern Chinese province, was part of a flotilla on a "routine training mission" and would make a port of call in the former British colony. / AFP PHOTO / Anthony WALLACE

2 killed, 12 missing after huge blast rocks China gas plant – state media

Jul 19, 2019 - 9:01 PM

(UPDATED) Xinhua says the blast occurred in the air separation unit of the Henan Coal Gas Group factory and not in the gas tank areas, citing a source in the Yima city government

Carpio: Duterte ‘fishing deal’ with China must go through Senate scrutiny

Jul 19, 2019 - 7:54 PM

Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio says the Senate must find out exactly what the supposed verbal agreement between Manila and Beijing entails, and whether it falls within Philippine law

SENATE SCRUTINY. Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio, a staunch defender of the West Philippine Sea, says the Senate must scrutinize a supposed fishing deal between Manila and Beijing. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Filipinos' top SONA 2019 issues: Pay hike, lower prices, Philippine sovereignty

Jul 19, 2019 - 3:14 PM

Pulse Asia Research, Incorporated polls Filipinos on the topics they want President Rodrigo Duterte to discuss or mention in his 4th State of the Nation Address

ASSERT PH VICTORY VS CHINA. Protesters rally near the Presidential Palace ahead of the third anniversary of Philippines' victory over China at the Permanent Court of Arbitration in the Hague, in Julu 2019.  Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

Hong Kong's 'gray hairs' march to support youth protesters

Jul 18, 2019 - 1:50 PM

Thousands of people join in what was dubbed a 'gray hair march' – billed as a way to show the city's pro-Beijing leadership that plenty of its older and more reliably conservative citizens still support younger demonstrators

A group of elderly people prepare to march to the government headquarters in Hong Kong on July 17, 2019, in the latest protest against a controversial extradition bill. Hong Kong has been rocked by more than a month of huge largely peaceful protests -- as well as a series of separate violent confrontations with police -- sparked by a law that would have allowed extraditions to mainland China and other countries. Anthony WALLACE / AFP

MISLEADING: Compared to Aquino, Duterte had a better approach to China

Jul 18, 2019 - 8:00 AM

At least half of the claimed results of the approach to China are either misleading or outright false

Carpio, Del Rosario refute Duterte on invoking defense pact with U.S.

Jul 17, 2019 - 8:00 PM

(UPDATED) 'The [Mutual Defense] Treaty operates only for self-defense, not for aggression against another state,' says Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio

WEST PHILIPPINE SEA. Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio says the Mutual Defense Treaty with the US is only for self-defense. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

3 Pinoy wrestlers join WWE tryout in China

Jul 17, 2019 - 4:31 PM

Crystal, Jake de Leon and Ken Warren are among the 40 wrestlers from Asia who tried their luck in WWE's search for its next wrestling superstars

WWE TRYOUT. Jake de Leon, Crystal, and Ken Warren of Philippine Wrestling Revolution joined other wrestlers from Asia in the WWE tryout held in Shanghai, China this year. Photos from

U.S. urges PH: Ensure sea code 'consistent' with international law

Jul 16, 2019 - 10:33 PM

Doing so will also protect the right of countries with claims in the South China Sea 'to pursue security and development arrangements with partners of their choosing,' says the United States

SEA CODE. A China Coast Guard ship (top) and a Philippine supply boat engage in a stand off as the Philippine boat attempts to reach the Second Thomas Shoal, a remote South China Sea a reef claimed by both countries, on March 29, 2014. File photo by Jay Directo/AFP

Taiwan asks Hong Kong, China to help fight $30 million online love scams

Jul 16, 2019 - 9:58 PM

Fighting this new type of cross-border fraud will require the cooperation of all 3 administrations, and sits in contrast to mounting recent tensions over Beijing's desire for closer political links

U.S. reaffirms pact to defend PH in case of West Philippine Sea attack

Jul 16, 2019 - 5:24 PM

US officials affirm Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's assurance of aid in case of aggression in the West Philippine Sea amid growing security threat from China

MUTUAL DEFENSE. US and Philippine Marines carry their respective colors. File Photo by AFP/Jay Directo

Police, protesters clash inside mall in latest Hong Kong anti-extradition march

Jul 15, 2019 - 10:57 AM

Law enforcers use pepper spray and batons against small groups of protesters, who responded by hurling bottles and other projectiles, in a night of fresh violence in the international hub

Police officers tear the shirt of a protester during a clash inside a shopping arcade in Sha Tin of Hong Kong after a rally against a controversial extradition law proposal in Sha Tin district of Hong Kong on July 14, 2019. Riot police and protesters fought running battles in a Hong Kong shopping mall on July 14 night as unrest caused by a widely loathed plan to allow extraditions to mainland China showed no sign of abating. Philip FONG / AFP

Carpio rebuts Duterte, offers at least 6 ways to enforce Hague ruling

Jul 14, 2019 - 10:37 PM

Stop the defeatist attitude toward China, says Justice Antonio Carpio

WEST PHILIPPINE SEA. Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio and Ambassador Albert del Rosario attend the Stratbase Albert del Rosario Institute's forum on the third anniversary of the Hague ruling on the South China Sea on July 12, 2019. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

High tide or low tide? The question that won us the West Philippine Sea case

Jul 14, 2019 - 11:30 AM

A simple explainer on how the Philippines won its maritime case through a keen understanding of international maritime law

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

Canada says another citizen detained in China amid row

Jul 14, 2019 - 9:10 AM

A Canadian citizen is reportedly detained in Yantai, China, but no further details are disclosed

CHINA-CANADA RELATIONS. This file photo shows the flags of Canada and China during the first China-Canada economic and financial strategy dialogue in Beijing on November 12, 2018. File photo by Jason Lee/Pool/AFP

Clashes as Hong Kong protesters vent at China border traders

Jul 13, 2019 - 8:04 PM

Protesters f rom Sheung Shui are rallying against traders coming from mainland China

MORE CLASHES. A protester is being held on the floor by the police during a clash between protesters and police in the Mong Kok district in Kowloon, Hong Kong on July 7, 2019. File photo by Vivek Prakash/AFP

Chinese shadow theater fights against dying of the light

Jul 13, 2019 - 6:49 PM

The legends of the past are the bedrock of China's shadow theatre – a tradition still popular in the countryside, though it has lost much ground in large cities over the last few decades

In this picture taken on May 9, 2019, Jin Xinchun, a member of the Flying Dragon Troupe, creates a shadow puppet at the troupe's studio on the outskirts of Beijing. Shadow puppets flitting across screens and reliving age old stories have fascinated Chinese people for some 2,000 years, but falling audiences mean troupes are having to be creative to stay on the stage. NICOLAS ASFOURI / AFP

Philippines loses to China 3 years after Hague ruling

Jul 13, 2019 - 11:30 AM

'The present administration has done absolutely nothing to enforce the award,' says Justice Antonio Carpio. Did the Philippine efforts go to waste?

China police bust bitcoin miners for stealing $3 million in electricity

Jul 12, 2019 - 8:35 PM

Police in Zhenjiang in eastern Jiangsu province say officers confiscated almost 4,000 mining devices from an illicit bitcoin operation that stole nearly 20 million yuan or about $2.91 million in power

China to impose sanctions on U.S. firms in Taiwan arms sale

Jul 12, 2019 - 7:47 PM

'The US arms sale to Taiwan has severely violated the basic norms of international law and international relations,' says Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang

SANCTIONS? Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang says China will impose sanctions on US enterprises that will participate in the sale of weapons to Taiwan. File photo from website of China's Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Meet PH’s new friends: U.N.-member countries that voted vs human rights resolution

Jul 12, 2019 - 2:58 PM

These are governments widely criticized for human rights violations, crackdown on dissent, and the stifling of democracy. Some are headed by leaders who bear similarities with President Rodrigo Duterte.

Davao City gets more foreign funding under Duterte

Jul 12, 2019 - 2:22 PM

Now that Davao City's longtime mayor has become the most powerful man in the country, his city has taken its place at the ODA banquet table

HEADS OF STATE. Chinese President Xi Jinping and Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte wave to members of the media after inspecting the honor guard during a welcoming ceremony in Malacañang on November 20, 2018. Photo by Ted Aljibe/AFP

Fights break out as Taiwan's President Tsai visits New York

Jul 12, 2019 - 1:51 PM

Opponents of Tsai – many waving Chinese flags – chant slogans and fight with supporters, while one man is seen being detained and handcuffed by police

TSAI ING-WEN. Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen takes part in an interview with AFP at the Presidential Office in Taipei on June 25, 2018. File photo by Sam Yeh/AFP

PH urged to find 'middle ground' between U.S., China

Jul 12, 2019 - 11:37 AM

‘We’re like a pendulum. We cannot keep swinging from one extreme to the other,’ says Aileen Baviera, professor and former dean of UP’s Asian Center

PH urged to find 'middle ground' between US, China. Photo by Carmela Fonbuena/Rappler

[ANALYSIS] Duterte’s weak grasp of the maritime case on South China Sea

Jul 11, 2019 - 4:00 PM

Philippines v China 101

China mainlanders among Hong Kong protesters, though many stay away

Jul 11, 2019 - 1:50 PM

For the hundreds of thousands of Chinese mainlanders who make the city their home, the Hong Kong democracy movement sparks mixed emotions

Protesters gather before a march to the West Kowloon railway station, where high-speed trains depart for the Chinese mainland, during a demonstration against a proposed extradition bill in Hong Kong on July 7, 2019. Hong Kong has been rocked by a month of huge peaceful protests as well as a series of separate violent youth-led confrontations sparked by a proposed law that would have allowed extraditions to mainland China. Vivek PRAKASH / AFP

IN THEIR OWN WORDS: The fishermen of Gem-Ver

Jul 10, 2019 - 7:38 PM

On the shores of home in Barangay San Roque, Occidental Mindoro, the men of Gem-Ver tell their stories

Children play around the dry-docked F/B Gem-Ver on June 21, 2019. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

China activist arrested for 'promoting terrorism'

Jul 10, 2019 - 5:00 PM

Zhang Baocheng is arrested by Beijing police on July 4, suspected of 'picking quarrels, promoting terrorism, extremism, and inciting terrorism,' according to an arrest warrant shared by his wife, Liu Juefan

ZHANG BAOCHENG. This handout photograph from Liu Juefan taken on December 11, 2017 and released on July 10, 2019 shows Zhang Baocheng posing for a photo with his wife Liu Juefan in Washington DC. Handout photo by LiuJuefan/AFP

Vanuatu defends speedy China extraditions

Jul 10, 2019 - 3:50 PM

Critics accuse the government of bypassing due process to please China, one of the country's biggest aid donors

CHARLOT SALWAI. Vanuatu Prime Minister Charlot Salwai attends a meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping (not pictured) at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on May 28, 2019. File photo by Florence Lo/AFP)

China earns 1st win in NBA Summer League

Jul 09, 2019 - 10:45 PM

China is competing in the NBA Summer League as part of its buildup for the 2019 FIBA World Cup

KEY PLAYER. Zhou Qi leads China to its first win in the NBA Summer League. Photo by Paul Mata/Rappler

FALSE: Maritime law expert 'lied' about satellite image of Recto Bank

Jul 09, 2019 - 9:57 PM

In his screenshot, maritime law expert Jay Batongbacal also uses a layer from the Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suit which captures satellite images on Earth in real time

China urges U.S. to 'immediately cancel' arms sale to Taiwan

Jul 09, 2019 - 4:45 PM

China's foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang says China has already lodged formal complaints through diplomatic channels expressing 'strong dissatisfaction and resolute opposition' to the move

GENG SHUANG. Image from Voice of America via Wikipedia

U.S. approves potential $2.2 billion arms sale to Taiwan

Jul 09, 2019 - 11:06 AM

The announcement is likely to anger Beijing, which views Taiwan as part of its territory and has previously expressed 'serious concerns' about the possible sale

FIREPOWER. File photo of an Abrams tank.

PH to sue Chinese ship crew in local courts if China fails to penalize them

Jul 08, 2019 - 3:03 PM

Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo says the Philippines can file a case on 'reckless imprudence resulting to serious damage of property' against the captain and crew of the Chinese ship that hit F/B Gem-Ver

Children play around the dry-docked F/B Gem-Ver on June 21, 2019. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Panelo sees no contradiction between PCG-Marina report, Duterte

Jul 08, 2019 - 2:24 PM

Philippine Coast Guard and Marina investigators conclude the Recto Bank incident was a 'serious marine casualty' while President Rodrigo Duterte previously calls it a 'little maritime accident'

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte answers queries from members of the media following the oath taking ceremony of Senator Christopher Lawrence "Bong" Go at the Malacañan Palace on June 27, 2019. Also in the photo is Presidential Chief Legal Counsel and Spokesperson Salvador Panelo. ROBINSON NIÑAL JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Protests pile pressure on Hong Kong's already-stressed youth

Jul 07, 2019 - 4:55 PM

'These students are gambling their youth to defend this place, it's very fragile,' says pro-democracy lawmaker Roy Kwong

HONG KONG YOUTH. Demonstrators take a rest the night after a protest against a controversial extradition law proposal in Hong Kong on June 12, 2019. Photo by Hector Retamal/AFP

Gilas Youth conquers China for breakthrough U19 World Cup win

Jul 06, 2019 - 6:55 PM

After scoring its first triumph over China, the Philippines goes for a best possible finish of 13th place

STEPPING UP. Carl Tamayo and Gilas Pilipinas Youth prove their mettle this time. File photo from FIBA

Hand signals and shields: how Hong Kong's parliament was stormed

Jul 06, 2019 - 3:20 PM

Many of the current generation of largely young protesters proudly repeat the phrase 'be like water', a philosophy of adaptability and unpredictability espoused by martial arts master and local legend Bruce Lee

Protesters prepare to leave the main chamber of the government headquarters in Hong Kong early on July 2, 2019, after they stormed into the building hours before, on the 22nd anniversary of the city's handover from Britain to China. Hong Kong police fired tear gas early on July 2 to regain control of the city's parliament after thousands of protesters occupied and ransacked the assembly in an unprecedented display of defiance on the anniversary of the territory's handover to China. Anthony WALLACE / AFP