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Mattis visits China amid Korea talks, strategic tensions

Jun 25, 2018 - 9:55 AM

US Secretary of Defense James Mattis says he wants to 'take measure' of China's strategic ambitions after it positioned weaponry on disputed islets in the South China Sea and is seeking to project its military power deep into the Pacific

JAMES MATTIS. This file photo taken on November 28, 2017 shows US Secretary of Defense James Mattis making a statement at the White House in Washington, DC. File photo by Jim Watson/AFP

[OPINYON] Tayo nang maglaro ng Chinese barter

Jun 24, 2018 - 8:00 AM

Bukod sa malaking usapin ng soberanya sa teritoryo, sa likod ng ilang kilong isda kapalit ng instant noodles o bottled water ay ang binabanggit ko: kalayaan at kusang-loob

[OPINION] Ideas that divide the nation

Jun 23, 2018 - 9:00 PM

We should be wary of new concepts imported from foreign shores and alien to our history as a people, which could divide the nation and even lead to the dismemberment of the Philippine state

Cambodia finds 33 surrogate mothers in raid on illegal business

Jun 23, 2018 - 3:45 PM

Five people, including a Chinese national, were arrested during the operation in the capital late Friday

DETAINED. Australian national Tammy Davis-Charles (2nd L), seen with other detainees on August 3, 2017, was sentenced to 18 months in prison for sourcing clients for a surrogacy clinic in the impoverished kingdom, as authorities crackdown on 'womb for rent' businesses. Photo by Tang Chhin Sothy / AFP

China, Nepal to build Tibet-Kathmandu rail link

Jun 22, 2018 - 6:20 PM

Nepal is seeking closer ties and much-needed energy and infrastructure investment from China, which has flexed greater economic and diplomatic muscle in its Himalayan neighbor in recent years

FRIENDS. Nepal's Prime Minister K.P. Sharma Oli reviews a military honor guard with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang during a welcome ceremony at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on June 21, 2018. Photo by Greg Baker/AFP

Xiaomi lowers target as it kicks off IPO

Jun 21, 2018 - 3:17 PM

Xiaomi is offering 2.18 billion shares at HK$17-HK$22 apiece, according to Bloomberg News, which now values it at about $53.9-$69.8 billion

XIAOMI. The Xiaomi logo is pictured at the Mobile World Congress (MWC), the world's biggest mobile fair, on February 28, 2018 in Barcelona. File photo by Pau Barrena/AFP

North Korea's Kim hails 'unity' with China in new visit

Jun 20, 2018 - 2:53 PM

(UPDATED) The two-day visit is designed to reassure Beijing that Pyongyang will not neglect its interests as Donald Trump and the young autocrat move into uncharted diplomatic terrain

CHINA VISIT. This picture taken on June 19, 2018 and released by North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency via KNS on June 20, shows North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un (front R) and his wife Ri Sol Ju (front L) arriving at a Beijing airport. AFP PHOTO/KCNA VIA KNS

U.S. Senate votes to reimpose ban on China's ZTE, shares plunge

Jun 19, 2018 - 3:00 PM

A Senate measure proposes an outright ban on the government buying products and services from ZTE and another Chinese telecoms firm, Huawei

China accuses Trump of 'blackmail' after new tariffs threat

Jun 19, 2018 - 1:55 PM

'If the US acts irrationally and issues a list, China will have no choice but to take comprehensive measures of a corresponding number and quality and take strong, powerful countermeasures'

Filipino-Chinese millennials speak up vs China harassment of PH fishermen

Jun 19, 2018 - 12:58 PM

'I am angry that there’s a foreign power policing our fishermen who are trying to make a livelihood,' says Ateneo student Justine Chua, one of the Filipino-Chinese millennials who have a lot to say about the China Coast Guard's harassment of Filipino fishermen in Panatag (Scarborough) Shoal

DIALOGUE. The Philippine Navy and the Zambales provincial government gather fishermen on June 14, 2018 to discuss actions of the China Coast Guard in Scarborough Shoal. Photo by Randy Datu

Marcos wealth, Duterte defends China, effects of cursing | Midday wRap

Jun 19, 2018 - 12:08 PM

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North Korea's Kim makes 2-day visit to China

Jun 19, 2018 - 11:12 AM

(UPDATED) The trip is Kim Jong-un's 3rd to China since March, when he made his inaugural foreign trip as leader

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, June 19, 2018

Jun 19, 2018 - 10:55 AM

Hello! Here's a roundup of news you need to know this Tuesday.

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte is accompanied by Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano upon his arrival at the Department Foreign Affairs (DFA) Building in Pasay City for the 120TH Anniversary celebration of DFA on June 18, 2018. VALERIE ESCALERA/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Duterte: China taking of PH fisherman's catch 'not outright seizure'

Jun 18, 2018 - 6:58 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte uses the term 'barter' to describe the uneven 'exchange' of goods between China Coast Guard and Filipino fishermen, a word also used by Chinese envoy Zhao Jianhua

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte examines one of the firearms donated by the People's Republic of China (PRC) during the ceremonial turnover of the military assistance gratis at the Clark Air Base in Pampanga on June 28, 2017. Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines Zhao Jianhua. RICHARD MADELO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

[OPINION] Living within the truth

Jun 18, 2018 - 12:36 PM

There are forces competing for our attention, pushing us to believe in thing or another. There is, in fact, a hidden war going on beneath the surface of our lives. It's a war between 'living within the truth' and 'living within the lies.'

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, June 18, 2018

Jun 18, 2018 - 12:23 PM

Hello! Here are the stories you shouldn't miss this Monday

[OPINION] To respectfully differ with Defense Secretary Lorenzana

Jun 17, 2018 - 7:33 PM

We feel deeply sad because it appears that he is being used as a propagandist precisely since he has the reputation of being straight as an arrow

Malaysia power shift hits China infrastructure drive

Jun 17, 2018 - 12:26 PM

'We will be friendly with China, but we do not want to be indebted to China,' says Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad

NEW POLICY? Malaysia's newly-elected Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad addresses civil servants from the Prime Minister's office during his first assembly in Putrajaya on May 21, 2018.  Manan Vatsyayana/AFP photo

Trump ignites trade war with China, triggering swift retaliation

Jun 15, 2018 - 10:16 PM

(UPDATED) Making good on a pledge to punish the alleged theft of American intellectual property, Trump warns in a statement of 'additional tariffs' if China hits back with tit-for-tat duties on American goods and services exports

Nothing to be afraid of? Other countries use their national IDs in countless ways

Jun 15, 2018 - 3:14 PM

While proponents of a national ID system in the Philippines argue it will improve government services, examples from other countries show the many uses of a national ID beyond government functions

NATIONAL ID. Countries like Estonia, Pakistan, India, and Peru show the various way in which a national ID can be utilized by both government and private entities.

Trump prepares China tariff target list as confrontation escalates

Jun 15, 2018 - 10:44 AM

Imposing the tariffs would escalate the trade confrontation with Beijing, and potentially set off a round of tit-for-tat retaliation, which economists warn would damage the global economy

US TRADE. In this file photo, US President Donald Trump meets with business leaders in the Roosevelt Room at the White House in Washington, DC, on January 23, 2017. File photo by Nicholas Kamm/AFP

'2 bottles of water for P3,000 worth of fish in Panatag Shoal'

Jun 15, 2018 - 7:58 AM

Filipino fishermen from Zambales province confirm that China Coast Guard habitually takes their catch in Scarborough Shoal

Photo by Randy Datu

PH-China, SC justice applicants, Passport slots | Evening wRap

Jun 14, 2018 - 8:53 PM

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Alejano tags airing of Chinese shows in PTV as PH ‘surrender’ to China

Jun 14, 2018 - 4:57 PM

Opposition lawmaker Gary Alejano argues PTV should focus on promoting Philippine culture and traditions instead of 'betraying' the country by airing Chinese shows

'SURRENDER TO CHINA'. Magdalo Representative Gary Alejano slams the planning airing of Chinese shows in PTV. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Masinloc mayor Lim: China fish-taking like 'toll fee' for Filipinos

Jun 14, 2018 - 4:51 PM

'We can't fight a country that is bigger and more powerful, but that was made by God for all,' says Mayor Arsenia Lim, referring to China's apparent control of Panatag (Scarborough) Shoal

Drilon urges Duterte to review 'appeasement policy' towards China

Jun 14, 2018 - 2:53 PM

Citing data, Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon says Vietnam has received more Chinese investments, trade, and tourists despite its confrontational stance on the South China Sea row

Senate Hearing BBL 11th Session February 13 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Roque on China 'goodwill' in Panatag: What matters is PH can fish there

Jun 14, 2018 - 2:07 PM

'They are able to fish now under the administration of President Duterte and to me, as their former counsel, that's what matters,' says Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque, whohelped Zambales fishermen file a human rights case against China before the UN in 2015

Did Cayetano admit China can apprehend Filipinos in Panatag Shoal?

Jun 14, 2018 - 10:28 AM

(UPDATED) Referring to giant clams in Panatag Shoal, Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano says, 'If Filipinos or Chinese or Vietnamese take any of these, they will really be apprehended.' But by whom?

PANATAG SHOAL. Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano says Filipino fishermen can be apprehended if taking giant clams in Panatag Shoal in the West Philippine Sea. Malacañang file photo

Malacañang: No to 'costly' suit vs China over damaged reefs

Jun 13, 2018 - 5:41 PM

'Filing a new case against China will reverse our diplomatic gains, not to mention the cost it entails,' says Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque

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. ALFRED FRIAS/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Robredo says Duterte admin 'too soft' vs Chinese presence in West PH Sea

Jun 13, 2018 - 4:35 PM

'Iyong atin, atin iyon. Kapag mayroong violation galing sa iba – kung China man iyan o ibang lugar – kailangan tayong mag-protesta,' says Vice President Leni Robredo on China's militarization of the West Philippine Sea

'WHAT'S OURS IS OURS'. Vice President Leni Robredo delivers a speech during the "West Philippine Sea: Issues and Policy" forum on June 11, 2018. File photo by OVP

World hails Trump-Kim summit as 'first step' to denuclearization

Jun 13, 2018 - 7:29 AM

Here are some of the main reactions so far

TRUMP-KIM SUMMIT. US President Donald Trump makes a statement before saying goodbye to North Korea leader Kim Jong Un (L) after their meetings at the Capella resort on Sentosa Island in Singapore on June 12, 2018. Photo by Susan Walsh/AFP

China plane only refueling in Davao? 'Very obvious lie,' says Trillanes

Jun 12, 2018 - 7:55 PM

Minority senators are eyeing a probe into the issue, but it is uncertain if committees headed by President Rodrigo Duterte's allies will agree to conduct such an inquiry

Photo by Joseph Vidal/Senate PRIB

PH Democracy, Scarborough, Independence Day | Evening wRap

Jun 12, 2018 - 7:40 PM

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Sue China for destroying corals in Panatag Shoal – Carpio

Jun 12, 2018 - 4:15 PM

The Philippines 'should demand damages from China' for destroying corals while harvesting giant clams in Panatag Shoal, says Acting Chief Justice Antonio Carpio

SUE CHINA. Acting Chief Justice Antonio Carpio urges the Philippine government to sue China for destroying coral reefs in Panatag Shoal (Scarborough Shoal). File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

China invasion of PH? 'Nonsense,' says Chinese envoy

Jun 12, 2018 - 3:00 PM

'We have never thought of going to war with our good neighbor, our good friend that is the Philippines,' says Chinese Ambassador Zhao Jianhua on the landing of a Chinese plane in Davao City

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 allows Filipinos to fish in Panatag 'out of goodwill'

Jun 12, 2018 - 11:18 AM

(UPDATED) The Chinese embassy says China Coast Guard personnel 'have always acted in accordance with the law,' even as a television report shows them taking the catch of Filipino fishermen in Panatag Shoal

PANATAG SHOAL. Protesters troop to the Chinese consulate in Makati City on June 11, 2018, the eve of Independence Day, to protest harassment of Filipino fishermen in Panatag Shoal. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Chinese envoy: 'Bad apples' in China Coast Guard to be disciplined

Jun 12, 2018 - 10:55 AM

But the China Coast Guard personnel may have just been trading goods with Filipino fishermen, says Chinese Ambassador Zhao Jianhua

Robredo: China presence in West PH Sea 'most serious external threat since WWII'

Jun 11, 2018 - 7:35 PM

Vice President Leni Robredo says asserting the country's rights over the West Philippine Sea goes beyond the welfare of Filipino fishermen: 'It is about our nation's independence, security, and sovereignty'

VP Leni Robredo speech at the "West Philippine Sea: Issues and Policy" forum. Photo by OVP

Roque and fishermen, Roilo Golez, Trump-Kim summit | Evening wRap

Jun 11, 2018 - 7:13 PM

Watch Rappler's evening newscast with Chay Hofileña

'Sailor, patriot, public servant': Lawmakers, officials mourn Roilo Golez

Jun 11, 2018 - 4:57 PM

(UPDATED) Former Parañaque representative and National Security Adviser Roilo Golez was supposed to give an interview on maritime disputes when he died Monday, June 11, due heart attack

ADVOCATE. Former National Security Adviser Roilo Golez explains the Philippines' territorial claim on the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea) at a rally in 2013. File photo by Vincent Go/Rappler

Lacson questions landing of China plane in PH: 'We might wake up a colony'

Jun 11, 2018 - 4:50 PM

'What if a hundred Chinese military aircraft suddenly request to refuel simultaneously? We might all wake up a colony again, this time by China,' says Senator Panfilo Lacson

Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

To prove fruits of PH-China 'friendship,' Roque brings fishermen to press briefing

Jun 11, 2018 - 3:35 PM

But the fishermen from Zambales also give more details about how China Coast Guard personnel take the best of their catch

Roilo Golez: Defender of the West Philippine Sea

Jun 11, 2018 - 2:29 PM

The former national security adviser had consistently argued that the law is on the Philippines' side in the maritime dispute

Malacañang wants China to discipline 'errant' Coast Guard personnel

Jun 11, 2018 - 12:34 PM

(UPDATED) 'If it is proven, there will be punishment imposed for the Chinese Coast Guard,' says Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque, citing assurances made by Chinese Ambassador Zhao Jianhua

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte shakes hands with China Ambassador to the Philippines Zhao Jianhua on the sidelines of the courtesy call of People’s Republic of China Minister of Commerce Zhong Shan at the President’s Hall in Malacañan Palace on March 7, 2017. TOTO LOZANO/ Presidential Photo

IN PHOTOS: Fisherfolk slam China on eve of Independence Day

Jun 11, 2018 - 12:17 PM

Protesters in front of the Chinese consulate call on Filipinos to fight for independence, and demand that China should leave Philippine territory

'CHINA OUT!' Fisherfolk-members of activist group Akbayan troop to the Chinese consulate in Makati City on June 11, 2018, eve of Independence Day to protest China's alleged thievery and harassment against Filipino fisherfolk Panatag Shoal (Scarborough Shoal). All photos by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Cuba says cause of U.S. diplomats' illness still a mystery

Jun 11, 2018 - 9:50 AM

Cuba reaffirms its desire to 'cooperate with the US authorities to clarify the situation' after more than 20 US officials posted in Havana suffered injuries consisted with a brain injury

US EMBASSY. US Marines stand outside the Embassy of the United States of America in Havana, on February 21, 2018. Photo by Adalberto Roque/AFP

Bong Go confirms China government plane landed in Philippines

Jun 10, 2018 - 3:55 PM

(UPDATED) 'The request for landing was received, processed, and cleared by relevant Philippine government agencies,' says Special Assistant to the President Bong Go

PLANE LANDING. Photos of a Chinese military plane landing in the Davao City Airport have gone viral, fueling concerns among netizens. Screenshot from Jose Antonio Custodio's Facebook page

Prepare for possible China invasion, ex-defense chief tells PH

Jun 10, 2018 - 3:35 PM

Former defense secretary Norberto Gonzales says 'within hours, the Chinese can destroy most of the country's defense facilities and probably some of our cities'

'CONTINGENCY PLAN'. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte and Chinese President Xi Jinping following a bilateral meeting at the Boao State Guesthouse on April 10, 2018. Malacañang file photo

Mother Nature runs wild on China's emerald isle

Jun 10, 2018 - 12:00 PM

Houtouwan was once a thriving fishing community of sturdy brick homes clinging to the steep hills of the island of Shengshan. But it's now abandoned, with entire houses completely overgrown as if shrink-wrapped in a lush layer of green.

EMERALD ISLE. This aerial picture taken on May 31, 2018 shows abandoned village houses covered with overgrown vegetation in Houtouwan on Shengshan island, China's eastern Zhejiang province.  Houtouwan was a thriving fishing community of sturdy brick homes that climb up the steeply hilled island of Shenghshan, but is now abandoned, with entire houses completely overgrown as if vacuum-sealed in a lush layer of green. / AFP PHOTO / Johannes EISELE

China's Xi hails 'unity' of security bloc led with Russia

Jun 09, 2018 - 10:38 PM

Chinese President Xi Jinping says this year, they would 'draw up a blueprint for the SCO's future growth'

VISIT AND SUMMIT. Russia's President Vladimir Putin (C) reviews a military honor guard with Chinese President Xi Jinping (L) during a welcoming ceremony outside the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on June 8, 2018. Putin arrived for a state visit to China, and for the Shanghai Cooperation Organization Leaders Summit in the eastern port city of Qingdao on June 9-10. Photo by Greg Baker/Pool/AFP