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China warns virus could mutate, spread as death toll rises

Jan 22, 2020 - 10:56 AM

(UPDATED) The virus is detected in some other Asian countries, and the United States confirms its first case Tuesday

CONTAGION. This file photo taken on January 18, 2020 shows medical staff members carrying a patient into the Jinyintan hospital, where patients infected by a mysterious SARS-like virus are being treated, in Wuhan in China's central Hubei province. Photo by STR/AFP

U.S. confirms 1st case of China virus on American soil

Jan 22, 2020 - 5:11 AM

The man, a US resident in his 30s who lives near Seattle, is in good condition, according to federal and state officials

FIRST CASE. People walk by the New York Stock Exchange on January 21, 2020, in New York City. Markets are down slightly in morning trading as investors weigh concerns over a virus outbreak in China and continued trade concerns between the US and China. Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images/AFP

Asia steps up checks as China virus kills 6, infects nearly 300

Jan 21, 2020 - 10:06 AM

(UPDATED) Nations across the Asia-Pacific region step up checks of passengers at airports to detect the SARS-like coronavirus, which first emerged in the central Chinese city of Wuhan

A medical staff member walks outside the Jinyintan hospital, where patients infected by a mysterious SARS-like virus are being treated, in Wuhan in China's central Hubei province on January 18, 2020. - The true scale of the outbreak of a mysterious SARS-like virus in China is likely far bigger than officially reported, scientists have warned, as countries ramp up measures to prevent the disease from spreading. (Photo by STR / AFP) / China OUT

IMF trims global growth estimates 2020-21 but sees improving outlook

Jan 21, 2020 - 9:07 AM

The Washington-based global lending institution cautions that outcomes 'depend to an important extent on avoiding further escalation' between Washington and Beijing

IMF. In this file photo taken on September 4, 2018, the logo of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) is seen at the IMF headquarters in Washington, DC. (Photo by Jim Watson/AFP)

Moody's downgrades Hong Kong, blames government response to protests

Jan 21, 2020 - 8:31 AM

The rating downgrade is a major blow to Hong Kong's pro-Beijing leader Carrie Lam, who has struggled to end more than 7 months of huge and often violent pro-democracy protests

DOWNGRADE. Hong Kong's reputation as a global business hub was dealt a fresh blow Monday after Moody's downgraded a key rating. AFP file photo

WHO to hold emergency meeting as SARS-like virus spreads in Asia

Jan 20, 2020 - 11:38 PM

(3rd UPDATE) An 89-year-old man has become the fourth person to die from the virus in China, authorities say Tuesday

MYSTERY VIRUS. A man leaves the Wuhan Medical Treatment Center, where a man who died from a respiratory illness was confined, in the city of Wuhan, Hubei province, on January 12, 2020. File photo by Noel Celis/AFP

SARS-like virus spreads in China, reaches third Asian country

Jan 20, 2020 - 3:18 PM

A third person is confirmed to have died and 136 new cases are found over the weekend in Wuhan. Meanwhile, South Korea reports its first case.

OUTBREAK. A medical staff member walks outside the Jinyintan hospital, where patients infected by a mysterious SARS-like virus are being treated, in Wuhan in China's central Hubei province on January 18, 2020. Photo by AFP

What is coronavirus? New disease spreading in Asia revives SARS fears

Jan 20, 2020 - 11:16 AM

An expert says the fact that the virus had spread beyond China, to Japan and Thailand, was 'starting to make us fear that interhuman transmission is possible'

CLOSED. In this file photograph taken on January 12, 2020 a woman walks in front of the closed Huanan wholesale seafood market, where health authorities say a man who died from a respiratory illness had purchased goods from, in the city of Wuhan, Hubei province. (Photo by Noel Celis/AFP)

Officers beaten after police disband Hong Kong democracy rally

Jan 19, 2020 - 6:49 PM

'Such appalling acts are not to be condoned,' the police force says

HK POLICE. Riot police stand before a protest backdrop after police dispersed a crowd gathered for the 'universal siege on communists' rally at Chater Garden in Hong Kong on January 19, 2020. Photo by Philip Fong/AFP

China reports SARS-like virus spreads across country, nearly 140 new cases

Jan 19, 2020 - 2:03 PM

(UPDATED) A third person is confirmed to have died and 136 new cases are found over the weekend in Wuhan, taking the total number of people to have been diagnosed with the virus in China to 201

TREATMENT. Medical staff members carry a patient into the Jinyintan hospital, where patients infected by a mysterious SARS-like virus are being treated, in Wuhan in China's central Hubei province on January 18, 2020. Photo by AFP

Experts warn over scale of China virus as U.S. airports start screening

Jan 19, 2020 - 11:42 AM

Scientists from the MRC Center for Global Infectious Disease Analysis say the number of cases in Wuhan, China was likely closer to 1,700 than the 45 earlier reported

MORE CASES? A man leaves the Wuhan Medical Treatment Center, where a man who died from a respiratory illness was confined, in the city of Wuhan, Hubei province, on January 12, 2020. Photo by Noel Celis/AFP

IT happens: Facebook sorry for Xi Jinping's name gaffe

Jan 19, 2020 - 9:33 AM

The automatic translation feature on Myanmar's Facebook page renders Chinese President Xi Jinping's name from Burmese into English as 'Mr Shithole'

HISTORIC VISIT. Chinese President Xi Jinping (R) and Myanmar State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi shake hands during a welcoming ceremony at the Presidential Palace in Naypyidaw on January 17, 2020. File photo by Thet Aung/AFP

Women spark outrage by driving in Beijing's Forbidden City

Jan 18, 2020 - 8:01 PM

The Palace Museum says it is 'deeply shocked and sincerely apologizes to the public'

China and Myanmar 'stand together' despite Rohingya backlash

Jan 18, 2020 - 4:47 PM

The elaborate signing ceremony came between sit-down meetings with Suu Kyi and powerful army chief Min Aung Hlaing, who stands accused of masterminding the Rohingya crackdown

STATE VISIT. Chinese President Xi Jinping touched down in Myanmar's capital, January 17, 2019, on a state visit aimed at buttressing the embattled government of Aung San Suu Kyi and driving through multi-billion-dollar infrastructure deals. Photo by Thet Aung/AFP

China's Xi vows 'new era' of Myanmar ties after red carpet welcome

Jan 17, 2020 - 8:14 PM

In addition to being its largest investor, China is Myanmar's indispensable ally as it reels from Western isolation over the Rohingya crisis

VOWING A 'NEW ERA.' Chinese President Xi Jinping (R) and Myanmar State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi shake hands during a welcoming ceremony at the Presidential Palace in Naypyidaw on January 17, 2020.  Photo by Thet Aung/AFP

Thais find second case linked to China mystery virus

Jan 17, 2020 - 3:27 PM

Authorities ramp up airport screenings ahead of an expected surge in arrivals for Chinese New Year. More than 1,300 passengers are expected to arrive in Thailand daily from Wuhan alone. 

VIRUS. Thai villagers wear masks to protect themselves from the bird flu virus in Kanchanaburi province westhern of Thailand, 21 October 2005. (Photo by Pornchai Kittiwongsakul /AFP)

China's total population exceeds 1.4 billion for 1st time

Jan 17, 2020 - 3:09 PM

The population aged 60 and over was 253.88 million last year, accounting for 18.1% of the total

PATRIOT. A child holds up a Chinese flag near Tiananmen Square in Beijing. (Photo by Kyodo News)

Chinese economic growth hits three-decade low

Jan 17, 2020 - 2:44 PM

The figures are released days after Vice Premier Liu He and Donald Trump signed a much-vaunted 'phase one' pact that marks a truce in their nearly two-year-old trade war

LABOR. This file photo taken on September 24, 2019 shows employees producing down coats at a factory for Chinese clothing company Bosideng in Nantong in China's eastern Jiangsu province. (Photo by STR/AFP)

LIST: Countries offer aid amid Taal Volcano eruption

Jan 17, 2020 - 1:25 PM

Foreign countries start to offer aid for affected communities as the Taal Volcano remains under Alert Level 4 with hazardous eruption 'imminent'

DESTROYED. Large fissures wrecked homes, roads, houses, and establishments in Barangay Bangin in Agoncillo, Batangas, on January 15, 2020. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

China admits fishing in Indonesian-claimed waters

Jan 17, 2020 - 9:00 AM

Indonesia has protested to China over the incident

JOKOWI. This handout picture taken and released on January 8, 2020 by the Presidential Palace shows Indonesia's President Joko Widodo walking past the country's flag on a navy ship during his visit to a military base in the Natuna islands, which border the South China Sea. (Photo by Handout/Presidential Palace/AFP)

Hong Kong opposition lawmakers ejected for heckling leader

Jan 16, 2020 - 3:25 PM

Security officials are called in multiple times to force out pro-democracy lawmakers who shouted slogans and held placards, including one that portrayed the city's chief executive Carrie Lam as a vampire with bat wings

Pro-democracy lawmaker Kwok Ka-ki holds a sign as he is removed from the legislature during a question and answer session with Hong Kong’s Cheif Executive Carrie Lam (not pictured) in Hong Kong on January 16, 2020. ISAAC LAWRENCE / AFP

Hong Kong teachers living in fear over protest support

Jan 16, 2020 - 12:43 PM

The president of Hong Kong's Professional Teachers' Union says the government is trying to silence teachers

Teachers and pro-democracy supporters hold placards as they take part in a rally to support teachers at Edinburgh Place in the Central district of Hong Kong on January 3, 2020. Hong Kong has been battered by nearly seven months of unrest -- its biggest political crisis in decades -- which has seen millions come out on the streets demanding greater democratic freedoms. Philip FONG / AFP

Japan reports case of mystery virus behind China outbreak

Jan 16, 2020 - 11:38 AM

The outbreak has caused alarm because the new virus is from the same family as SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome), which killed 349 people in mainland China and 299 in Hong Kong in 2002 and 2003

Workers are seen inside the P4 laboratory in Wuhan, capital of China's Hubei province on February 23, 2017. (Photo by Johannes Eisele/AFP)

China's Belt and Road projects lack transparency – EU firms

Jan 16, 2020 - 10:25 AM

China's Belt and Road Initiative also faces criticism for swaddling poor nations with crippling debt and for being too opaque

Workers take down a Belt and Road Forum panel outside the venue of the forum in Beijing on April 27, 2019. (Photo by Greg Baker/AFP)

U.S., China sign 'momentous' trade deal

Jan 16, 2020 - 2:40 AM

However, Trump says he will only remove the tariffs against China 'if we're able to do phase two' of the agreement

NEW TRADE DEAL. US President Donald Trump, and China's Vice Premier Liu He (L), the country's top trade negotiator, shake hands as they sign trade agreements between the US and China during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House in Washington, DC on January 15, 2020. Photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

What help? Chinese company, gov't officials botch aid to Gem-Ver fishermen

Jan 15, 2020 - 10:46 PM

Rappler traces the origin of F/B Pengyou from Batangas to Occidental Mindoro. The tattered boat is the latest in the government's bungled assistance efforts for the fishermen of Gem-Ver.

Patients with mystery China virus could have infected family members

Jan 15, 2020 - 6:51 PM

No human-to-human transmission of the virus behind the Wuhan outbreak has been confirmed so far, but the health commission says the possibility 'cannot be excluded'

MYSTERY VIRUS. A man leaves the Wuhan Medical Treatment Centre, where a man who died from a respiratory illness was confined, in the city of Wuhan, Hubei province, on January 12, 2020. Photo by Noel Celis/AFP

China Coast Guard ship spotted patrolling Ayungin Shoal

Jan 15, 2020 - 4:11 PM

A China Coast Guard vessel is spotted in Ayungin Shoal in the West Philippine Sea as CCG officials go on a 'goodwill visit' to the Philippines

SPOTTED. A China Coast Guard vessel is spotted near Palawan's Ayungin Shoal. File photo by Tony Anastacio

Hong Kong protest shoppers show their true colors

Jan 15, 2020 - 12:39 PM

Pro-democracy protesters reward shops and restaurants that support their cause, tagging them 'yellow'. Pro-government and pro-China businesses are tagged 'blue' and frequent targets for vandalism or boycotts.

In this picture taken on January 8, 2020 shows stickers of Pepe the frog and other protest related animals at the entrance of a cafe in North Point area in Hong Kong. Seven months of unrest have taken a heavy toll on many Hong Kong businesses, but pro-democracy protesters are now seeking to reward shops and restaurants that support their cause by building a "yellow" economy. Philip FONG / AFP

Taiwan 'already independent,' president warns China

Jan 15, 2020 - 11:59 AM

Beijing regards Taiwan as its own territory and has vowed to one day seize it, by force if necessary – especially if it declares independence

LEADER. Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen (C) smiles at a rally with supporters outside her campaign headquarters in Taipei on January 11, 2020. (Photo by Sam Yeh/AFP)

U.S., China set to sign vital trade truce

Jan 15, 2020 - 10:14 AM

The truce will allow businesses around the globe to breathe a sigh of relief

China carrying out 'intense' global attack on rights – HRW

Jan 15, 2020 - 4:58 AM

Human Rights Watch accuses Chinese president Xi Jin Ping of overseeing 'the most brutal and pervasive oppression that China has seen for decades'

This photo taken on September 15, 2019 shows people singing a patriotic song during an event in Hangzhou in China's eastern Zhejiang province, to celebrate the 70th year of the founding of the People's Republic of China. STR / AFP

China says Taiwan separatists will 'stink for eternity'

Jan 14, 2020 - 3:41 PM

Newly-elected president Tsai Ing-wen draws the ire of Beijing for refusing to acknowledge that Taiwan is part of 'one China'

Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen (C) smiles at a rally with supporters outside her campaign headquarters in Taipei on January 11, 2020. President Tsai Ing-wen declared victory in Taiwan's election on January 11 as votes were being counted after an election battle dominated by the democratic island's fraught relationship with China.  Sam Yeh / AFP

PH Coast Guard: Talking with Chinese the only solution

Jan 14, 2020 - 1:41 PM

'Wala pong ibang solusyon kundi pumunta tayo sa isang lamesa mag-usap harap-harapan, at sabihin natin ang ating hinaing,' says Philippine Coast Guard chief Admiral Joel Garcia

COOPERATION. Philippine Coast Guard chief Joel Garcia (center, holding records) is flanked by Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines Huang Xilian (right) and China Coast Guard chief Wang Zhongcai. PCG photo

MANILA, Philippines – Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) chief Admiral Joel Garcia defended on Tuesday, January 14, their talks with the China Coast Guard (CCG), touting diplomatic meetings with the expansionist Chinese government as the sole antidote to end years of dispute in and over the West Philippine Sea

Kahit may hidwaan po tayo, wala pong ibang solusyon kundi diplomasya,. Wala pong ibang solusyon kundi pumunta tayo sa isang lamesa magusap harap-harapan, at sabihin natina ng ating hinaing,” Garca told throng of reporters after welcoming the CCG officials at the PCG headquarters in Manila on Tuesday morning.

(Even if we have a divide, we have no other solution but diplomacy. There is no other solution but to meet with them at the table, in person, and tell them our grievances.)

Why defensive? Garcia turned defensive after reporters asked for a reaction to criticism that the PCG’s meeting with CCG shouldn’t have been pursued in light of multiple instances where Chinese Coast Guard personnel harassed Filipino fishermen in the West Philippine Sea.

For Garcia, however, shutting out the incidents for the meantime and focusing on the meeting was needed to prevent more conflicts at sea.

WELCOMED. China Coast Guard Major General Wang Zhongcai during the arrival honors at Philippine Coast Guard Headquarters in Manila on January 14, 2020. Photo by KD Madrilejos/Rappler

Huge sinkhole swallows bus, kills 6 in China

Jan 14, 2020 - 11:53 AM

Several people disappear into the sinkhole as it spreads, including what appears to be a child

ACCIDENT. On January 13, 2020, an enormous sinkhole swallowed passers-by and a public bus in northwest China. (Photo by STR/AFP)

PH welcomes China Coast Guard officials for ‘historic’ Manila talks

Jan 14, 2020 - 8:36 AM

The welcoming ceremony opens days of unprecedented talks and exercises between the two coast guards

WELCOME. The Philippine Coast Guard welcomes China Coast Guard ship 5204 in Manila. Photo by KD Madrilejos/Rappler

U.S. Treasury reverses currency manipulator label for China

Jan 14, 2020 - 6:36 AM

The move is a sign of easing tensions between the two economic powers after nearly two years of conflict

China Coast Guard ship arrives in Manila for ‘friendly visit’

Jan 13, 2020 - 8:14 PM

The China Coast Guard maintains a presence in some key areas of the West Philippine Sea

CHINA COAST GUARD. Sightings of China Coast Guard vessels have been reported around Panatag (Scarborough) and Ayungin  (Second Thomas) shoals in the West Philippine Sea. File photo from Japan Coast Guard/AFP

China defends barring Human Rights Watch head from Hong Kong

Jan 13, 2020 - 5:01 PM

(3rd UPDATE) 'Allowing or not allowing someone's entry is China's sovereign right,' foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang says

KENNETH ROTH. In this file photo taken on October 16, 2019, Human Rights Watch organization executive director, US Kenneth Roth, speaks during a press conference in Sao Paulo, Brazil. File photo by Nelson Almeida/AFP

China police kill kidnapper armed with explosives

Jan 13, 2020 - 2:52 PM

The kidnapper uses a homemade gun and explosive devices, in a rare case involving firearms in the country

GOTCHA. Members of the police acting as terrorist (L) and hostage take part in a counter terrorist training exercise in Hong Kong on May 11, 2017. (Photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP)

Human Rights Watch chief says he was barred from entering Hong Kong

Jan 13, 2020 - 10:07 AM

China's foreign affairs ministry accuses Human Rights Watch and other groups of having a 'great responsibility for the chaotic situation in Hong Kong'

Kenneth Roth, executive CEO of international NGO Human Rights Watch, poses during an interview with AFP in Berlin on January 2019 (Photo by John Macdougall/AFP)

Tsai Ing-wen claims victory in Taiwan presidential race

Jan 11, 2020 - 10:14 PM

Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen leads by more than 2.6 million votes against opposition candidate Han Kuo-yu, who has conceded the race

VICTORY. Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen declares victory against the Taiwanese opposition in the January 2020 election. Photo Sam Yeh/AFP

Huawei exec can be extradited to U.S., Canada attorney general says

Jan 11, 2020 - 1:24 PM

Huawei chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou, who was originally detained on a US warrant in late 2018, faces an extradition hearing in Vancouver that begins on January 20

MENG WANZHOU. Huawei Chief Financial Officer, Meng Wanzhou, (center) leaves the British Columbia Supreme Court, in Vancouver with her security team on October 1, 2019. File photo by Don MacKinnon/AFP

Second person dies from SARS-linked virus in China

Jan 11, 2020 - 11:15 AM

(3rd UPDATE) Local authorities say a 69-year-old man died on January 15 in Wuhan, the central Chinese city believed to be the epicenter of an outbreak of a coronavirus from the same family as the deadly SARS pathogen

Taiwan rivals in final election push as China's shadow looms

Jan 10, 2020 - 2:51 PM

Some 19 million people are eligible to vote on Saturday to choose between two leaders with very different visions for Taiwan's future – in particular how close the self-ruled island should tack to its giant neighbor

CLOSE FIGHT. This combination of file photos shows Taiwan's President and 2020 presidential candidate Tsai Ing-wen (left) and her main competitor Han Kuo-yu. Photo by Sam Yeh/AFP

Protest-hit Hong Kong sees surge in depression, PTSD – study

Jan 10, 2020 - 2:08 PM

'One in 5 adults now report probable depression or suspected PTSD, which is comparable to those experiencing armed conflicts, large-scale disasters, or terrorist attacks,' the study says

SMOKE. A protester reacts after police fire tear gas to disperse bystanders in a protest in Jordan district in Hong Kong, on early December 25, 2019. (Photo by Philip Fong/AFP)

China opens oil and gas exploration to foreign firms

Jan 09, 2020 - 7:45 PM

Foreign firms registered in China with net assets of not less than 300 million yuan ($43 million) can obtain oil and gas mining rights

MORE ON IMAGE FORUM Employees work on the drill well at an exploration site in the Longgang gas field in Lishan, in southwest China's Sichuan province, 17 May 2007, potentially the largest natural gas reserves on the mainland. Energy-hungry China has started drilling what it says will be Asia's deepest oil and gas well, as state-owned Sinopec plans for the Chuanke No. 1 Well in southwest Sichuan province to reach a depth of 8,875 metres (30,000 feet) -- more than the height of Mount Everest, while natural gas output in China in 2006 reached 58.6 billion cubic metres, up 16.9 percent over the previous year but growing slower than the 20.6 percent in 2005. AFP PHOTO/LIU Jin (Photo by LIU JIN / AFP)

U.S. lawmakers urge action on 'crimes against humanity' in China

Jan 09, 2020 - 6:40 PM

'The Commission believes Chinese authorities may be committing crimes against humanity against the Uighur people and other Turkic Muslims,' says the Congressional-Executive Commission on China

'CRIMES AGAINST HUMANITY.' This photo taken on September 11, 2019 shows a woman walking in an ethnic Uighur neighborhood in Aksu in the region of Xinjiang. File photo by Hector Retamal/AFP

China inflation flattens as surge in pork prices slows

Jan 09, 2020 - 5:10 PM

China's inflation is steady at 4.5% in December 2019, but pork prices remain high due to the African swine fever outbreak

SURGING INFLATION. A customer shops for pork at a market in Beijing on October 15, 2019. Photo by Wang Zhao/AFP

China confirms negotiator to sign trade deal in U.S. next week

Jan 09, 2020 - 4:19 PM

The signing will cap a nearly two-year spat that threatened to throttle the global economy

DEAL. This file picture taken on November 6, 2018, shows a Chinese and US flags at a booth during the first China International Import Expo (CIIE) in Shanghai. File photo by Johannes Eisele/AFP