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[OPINION | Newspoint] Why China cannot be trusted

Dec 08, 2018 - 11:00 AM

Now the world's second biggest economy and a major power all around, China no longer hesitates to bully and cheat its way around client nations

Duterte’s China push needs to find the sweet spot

Dec 08, 2018 - 8:30 AM

Former president Benigno Aquino III relied heavily on the United States, while President Duterte swung hard toward China. Is there a middle ground?

'FRIENDS.' Chinese President Xi Jinping (R) and President Rodrigo Duterte waves to members of the media at the welcome ceremony for Xi in Malacanang on November 20, 2018. Photo by Ted Aljibe / AFP

Oil deal with China may be solution to sea dispute – Carpio

Dec 07, 2018 - 4:24 PM

That is, if China agrees to the terms in the template petroleum service contract of the Department of Energy, governed by Philippine laws

Maritime Disputes in South China Sea forum in Makati City on November 23, 2018. Photo by LeAnne/Rappler

Arroyo: Philippines can be 'friends' with both China, U.S.

Nov 28, 2018 - 10:45 AM

Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo tells United States Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim that she is 'very proud' of American investments in Clark

FRIENDS WITH CHINA, US. Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo attends the inauguration of the new BCDA office in Clark Global City, Pampanga on November 27, 2018. All photos from Arroyo's office

Panelo: Did Robredo, Morales read PH-China oil deal before criticizing?

Nov 26, 2018 - 7:40 PM

'Disappointment comes to mind as expectations for their being trained in the law have not been reached,' says the President's spokesman

DEFENDING THE DEAL. Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo insists Vice President Leni Robredo and former Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales must have only based on media reports their criticism of the PH-China deal. Malacañang file photo

DOCUMENT: Philippines, China deal on Belt and Road Initiative

Nov 26, 2018 - 4:10 PM

The agreement states that Belt and Road Initiative projects must have the 'strictest respect for national laws' and that there should be 'complete transparency'

PH to 'validate' if shooing away PH media is China policy

Nov 26, 2018 - 3:08 PM

Asked if the actions of the Chinese Coast Guard violate Philippine rights, Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo says, 'We don't know it yet'

TENSE ENCOUNTER. Filipino journalist Jun Veneracion (right) of GMA-7 is driven away from Panatag Shoal (Scarborough Shoal) by members of the Chinese Coast Guard. Screenshot from Facebook video of GMA-7's Reporter's Notebook

DOCUMENT: Oil, gas development deal between Philippines, China

Nov 26, 2018 - 2:14 PM

The document states that the Philippines and China will come up with joint oil and gas exploration agreements in one year

Chinese President Xi Jinping and President Rodrigo Duterte on November 20, 2018. Screengrab from RTVM

[EDITORIAL] #AnimatED: At tayo’y ibinugaw sa bisita ni Tatay

Nov 26, 2018 - 8:58 AM

Saglit na panahon pa, mamamahinga na rin si Tatay. At tayong malakas pa ang magpapasan ng bunga ng pagbubugaw niya sa sambahayan.

Carpio, Del Rosario say PH 'safe' with China oil deal

Nov 23, 2018 - 10:09 PM

Acting Chief Justice Antonio Carpio and Ambassador Albert del Rosario agree that 'nothing is being given away' in the oil deal between the Philippines and China

DEFENDER. Acting Chief Justice Antonio Carpio speaks at a West Philippine Sea (South China Sea) forum in Makati on November 23, 2018. Photo by LeAnne/Rappler

[ANALYSIS] Is Duterte selling out the Philippines to China?

Nov 23, 2018 - 9:36 AM

The Duterte government must pause and consult the Filipino people about the increasing number of Chinese deals, out of sheer prudence and transparency, if anything else

Robredo on China deals: Don't compromise PH sovereignty

Nov 21, 2018 - 11:05 AM

'Our interests should always come first when we deepen relations with other nations,' says Vice President Leni Robredo

Vice President Leni Robredo addressed the members of Zonta Club of Metro Rizal as the organization celebrated its 27th anniversary, held at the EDSA Shangri-La Hotel on Tuesday, October 2, 2018. In her remarks, VP Leni called on the Zonta Club members to create networks that will push for wider spaces for women participation. She also urged them to “fight for the most vulnerable and bravely speak up against misogyny, discrimination, and abuse.” (Photo by OVP)

How are PH-China deals affecting Filipino communities

Nov 20, 2018 - 11:17 PM

While Xi Jinping was walking along the red carpet in Malacañang, a crowd at the Chinese Consulate in Makati City was denouncing his visit to the Philippines

NOT WELCOME. Protesters gather in front of the Chinese Embassy in Makati City to denounce the state visit of President Xi Jinping to the Philippines. Kurt Dela Peña/Rappler

Duterte, Xi 'elevate' PH-China ties, 'manage' sea row

Nov 20, 2018 - 8:19 PM

Chinese President Xi Jinping says there is wisdom in the saying, 'All creatures may grow together without harming each other'

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

PH, China sign deal on oil, gas development in West PH Sea

Nov 20, 2018 - 6:56 PM

Philippine and Chinese officials exchange 'memorandum of understanding on oil and gas development' during Xi Jinping's historic state visit

China's President Xi Jinping (centre L) and Philippines' President Rodrigo Duterte (C) walk to their bilateral meeting after inspecting the honour guard during a welcoming ceremony at the Malacanang palace grounds in Manila on November 20, 2018. - Chinese President Xi Jinping called his visit on November 20 to long-time US ally the Philippines a "milestone", as he aimed to boost blossoming ties on the promise of billions of dollars in backing for mega-projects. (Photo by Ted ALJIBE / AFP)

Release of 'skewed' SWS poll on China 'suspect' – Malacañang

Nov 20, 2018 - 11:12 AM

Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo finds it suspicious that the survey was released hours before Chinese President Xi Jinping begins his state visit

Fisherfolk members of Akbayan troop to the Chinese Consular Office in Makati City on June 11, 2018, the eve of Independence Day to protest China's thievery and harassment against Filipino fisherfolks in the Scarborough Shoal. The fisherfolks are protesting the Chinese Coast Guards' act of stealing fish from their hard-earned catch. Carrying fishing nets and fish-shaped protest signs, the protesters call on the people to fight for independence and for China to get out of Philippine territory. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

IN CHARTS: Don't credit China for Philippine growth just yet

Nov 20, 2018 - 8:00 AM

The bulk of foreign direct investments and project loans still comes from traditional trade partners like Japan and the United States, and not from China

Welcome Xi Jinping? Filipinos give China 'poor' trust ratings

Nov 20, 2018 - 7:56 AM

Most Filipinos reject President Duterte's policy of inaction in the West Philippine Sea, according to a Social Weather Stations poll released on the day of Chinese President Xi Jinping's visit to the Philippines

ANTI-CHINA PROTEST. Militant groups hold a  rally in front of the Chinese embassy in Makati City on November 20, 2018, hours before the arrival of Chinese President Xi Jinping in Manila for a state visit. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

PH quietly prepares joint exploration deal with China for Xi visit

Nov 19, 2018 - 9:22 PM

(UPDATED) The framework for joint exploration of South China Sea's oil and gas resources could be the highlight of Chinese President Xi Jinping's state visit to the Philippines


CLOSE TIES. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte is welcomed by Chinese President Xi Jinping at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China on October 19, 2016. Malacañang photo

Why China chose Arroyo over Aquino

Nov 18, 2018 - 10:24 AM

(UPDATED) China saw President Benigno Aquino III as 'provocative' and former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo as 'receptive,' an international think tank says

DIFFERENT STYLES. President Benigno Aquino III and his predecessor, former president Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, differ in their response to China's interests. Malacañang file photo

[OPINION] Working together for the golden age of PH-China relations

Nov 15, 2018 - 5:00 PM

'We have every reason to believe that Chinese President Xi Jinping's visit will enormously boost China-Philippines relations in the new era and position our relations as a new model of international relations,' writes Ambassador Zhao Jianhua

Duterte to China: 'Tell us route to take' in sea row

Nov 14, 2018 - 11:55 AM

Before attending the ASEAN-China Summit, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte shares his views on the much-awaited Code of Conduct in the South China Sea

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte shares a light moment with the members of his cabinet upon his arrival at a hotel in Singapore on November 12, 2018. KARL NORMAN ALONZO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Amid joint exploration talks, Sotto says China now 'recognizes West PH Sea is ours'

Nov 09, 2018 - 9:14 AM

'I am privy to dialogue and talks within the executive department and slowly, we are realizing the fact that they do agree that those areas are ours,' says Senate President Vicente Sotto III

Senate President Sen. Vicente Sotto III explains the bill on lowering the criminal liability to 13 years old. September 25, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

PH to protest China weather stations, if reports are true – Panelo

Nov 05, 2018 - 3:26 PM

But Malacañang says it still needs to 'validate' news reports quoting Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Lu Kang about Beijing-controlled weather stations in the Spratlys

MISCHIEF REEF. €The construction of hangars on Mischief Reef is said to be part of China's ˜militarization of the West Philippine Sea. Photo courtesy of CSIS/AMTI and DigitalGlobe

China is top PH trade partner in August 2018

Oct 11, 2018 - 9:46 AM

The Philippines' trade gap swells to $26 billion year-to-date, 65% higher than the $15.7-billion deficit in 2017

Chinese embassy gifts Davao City with 13 schoolbuildings

Oct 06, 2018 - 4:53 PM

'The donation is a sincere appreciation to President Duterte’s policy on China,' says Chinese Ambassador Zhao Jianhua

'50-100' protests vs China? Cayetano now says 'we haven't counted'

Aug 28, 2018 - 9:30 PM

'In a purpose-driven foreign policy, how many doesn't really matter,' says Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano as he is grilled by Senator Risa Hontiveros

DIPLOMATIC PROTESTS. Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano is grilled about the Philippines' diplomatic protests against China, as he faces senators in a budget hearing on August 28, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Arroyo backs Duterte: PH friendship with China 'just right'

Aug 21, 2018 - 3:35 PM

'Hindi ba karapat-dapat lamang na maging kaibigan natin ang China?' says Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo

PIVOT TOWARDS CHINA. Speaker Gloria Arroyo claps her hands as President Rodrigo Duterte receives the replica of the Marawi Filipino-Chinese Friendship Dome from Federation of Filipino-Chinese Chambers of Commerce and Industry, Inc on August 14, 2018. File photo form Malacañang

Duterte hopes Beijing can 'temper' warnings in South China Sea

Aug 14, 2018 - 8:15 PM

'You cannot create an island and you say that the air above the artificial island is your own,' says President Rodrigo Duterte in a rare statement critical of Beijing

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte uses the binoculars to get a closer look on the fleet review of the Philippine Navy's naval surface and air assets during their 120th anniversary at the Coconut Palace of the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) Complex in Roxas Boulevard, Manila on May 22, 2018. REY BANIQUET/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

TIMELINE: Philippines-China relations under Duterte

Aug 07, 2018 - 5:38 PM

The Duterte administration lauds improving relations with China. Critics regret the government's inordinately forgiving foreign policy.

[OPINION] Loose lips sink ships

Aug 03, 2018 - 9:00 AM

Following the Battle of Marawi, the Armed Forces had enjoyed an immense level of support from the public. A year later, things rapidly went downhill because of the Duterte administration's position on the West Philippine Sea.

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

Duterte says China's Xi vowed to protect him from ouster

May 15, 2018 - 5:45 PM

'We will not allow you to be taken out from your office,' Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte recalls Chinese President Xi Jinping telling him

CLOSE TIES. President Rodrigo Duterte and Chinese President Xi Jinping pose for a photo following a successful bilateral meeting at the Boao State Guesthouse on April 10, 2018. Malacañang file photo

De Lima: Chinese missiles in Spratlys 'wake-up call' for PH

May 05, 2018 - 5:04 PM

'Not since the Japanese invasion of World War II has the Philippines been exposed to such a real and physical threat to its territorial integrity and national sovereignty,' says Senator Leila de Lima

STRUCTURES. This 2016 file photo shows a portion of the Mischief Reef in the South China Sea where there are Chinese facilities.

Malacañang 'confident' Chinese missiles 'not directed' at PH

May 04, 2018 - 3:39 PM

Yet the Palace expresses concern over the reported new missiles and says the issue will be addressed through 'diplomatic means'

Duterte offers ’60-40’ deal to China in West PH Sea joint exploration

Apr 28, 2018 - 6:19 PM

'President Xi is a friend. We'll share with you,' says Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on his planned joint exploration with China

COOPERATING WITH CHINA. President Rodrigo Duterte shakes hands with President Xi Jinping during his state visit in October 2016. File photo by Toto Lozano/PPD

Joint exploration with China not just about economic benefits – expert

Apr 23, 2018 - 8:30 AM

'We're talking about sovereignty here. We're not just talking about [the] economic provision per se,' says UP associate professor Herman Kraft

SOVEREIGNTY. University of the Philippines Associate Professor Herman Kraft said joint exploration of the West Philippine Sea cannot only be about economic benefits. Screenshot from Rappler Talk

Joint exploration with China must fit within PH constitution – expert

Apr 22, 2018 - 9:00 PM

'The principal issue is still the question of: How do you deal with the constitutional limits that are before us?' says UP associate professor Herman Kraft

CONSTITUTIONAL? A joint exploration framework between the Philippines and China in the West Philippine Sea must follow the framework of the Philippine Constituion, according to Politcal Science Professor Herman Kraft. Photo by Rappler

Duterte, Xi give 'go signal' to craft joint exploration framework

Apr 11, 2018 - 9:15 PM

Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano is bent on fast-tracking the proposed joint exploration between the Philippines and China in the West Philippine Sea

BILATERAL MEETING. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte shakes hands with Chinese President Xi Jinping after their bilateral meeting at the Boao State Guesthouse on April 10, 2018. Malacañang photo

Still friends with China: Arroyo elected board member of Boao Forum

Apr 11, 2018 - 2:41 PM

The former Philippine president considers Chinese President Xi Jinping a 'very important person in a very important country'

NEW DIRECTOR. Ex-president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo attends the first general meeting of members of the Boao Forum for Asia after her election to its board of directors. Photo from Arroyo's office

PH, China sign deals on Davao expressway, Filipino teachers

Apr 11, 2018 - 12:40 PM

(UPDATED) An exchange of letters on broadcasting equipment and on an agri-tech center also takes place during President Rodrigo Duterte's visit to Boao, China

Public Works and Highways Secretary Mark Villar and Chinese Minister of Commerce Zhong Shan pose for a photo after they exchanged signed agreements following the successful bilateral meeting at the Boao State Guesthouse on April 10, 2018. The agreement was on Exchange of Letters for the Pre-Feasibility Study of the Proposed Davao City Expressway Project. ACE MORANDANTE/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Chinese President Xi to visit Philippines in November

Apr 11, 2018 - 11:06 AM

Xi Jinping's visit will take place after the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Summit from November 12 to 18 in Papua New Guinea

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte is accompanied by People's Republic of China President Xi Jinping prior to the start of the dinner hosted by the Chinese President at the Boao State Guesthouse on April 10, 2018. ACE MORANDANTE/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Duterte teases Chinese reporter about 'flowering' PH-China ties

Apr 09, 2018 - 6:50 PM

'China and the Philippines will bloom and you and I are in the middle of the flower,' President Rodrigo Duterte tells a China Central Television reporter during a press conference

Duterte: 'I need China'

Apr 09, 2018 - 4:52 PM

Before flying off to China for the 3rd time, the Philippine leader says he has no plans of bringing up reclamation and construction activities by Beijing in the West Philippine Sea

PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

China leader Xi Jinping greets Duterte on his birthday

Mar 27, 2018 - 4:41 PM

As President Rodrigo Duterte marks his 73rd birthday, Chinese President Xi Jinping praises the 'turnaround' in ties between the Philippines and China

BETTER TIES. Chinese President Xi Jinping hails the improved ties between the Philippines and China under Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte. Malacañang file photo

[OPINION] Challenges in deploying Filipino household service workers to China

Mar 23, 2018 - 9:29 PM

China is indeed likely to open its doors to Filipino household service workers, but there will be challenges and restrictions

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, March 21, 2018

Mar 21, 2018 - 1:20 PM

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

Xi's lifetime rule may mean continued hardline stance in West PH Sea – analyst

Mar 11, 2018 - 11:55 PM

Aaron Jed Rabena says China could be considered 'compliant' with the 2016 arbitral tribunal ruling if there were peace and stability in the West Philippine Sea

HARDLINE STANCE. Analyst Aaron Jed Rabena expects China to maintain a hardline stance in the West Philippine Sea as Chinese President Xi Jinping moves towards lifetime rule.

[WATCH] Rappler Talk: Analyst Aaron Jed Rabena on Philippines-China relations

Mar 06, 2018 - 1:45 PM

Rappler editor-at-large Marites Vitug speaks to Aaron Jed Rabena on how Chinese President Xi Jinping's move toward lifetime rule might affect Philippines-China relations and their maritime dispute

Duterte jokes: Why not make Philippines a province of China?

Feb 19, 2018 - 8:38 PM

The President says negotiations for joint exploration with China are underway. He suggests a sharing scheme of two-thirds for the Philippines and one-third for China.

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte gestures as he reiterates his oath of office to protect the country and its citizens in his speech during the oath-taking ceremony of newly-appointed officials at the Malacañan Palace on February 13, 2018. YANCY LIM/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO