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U.S., China meet to explore path forward from tensions

Nov 09, 2018 - 10:39 PM

Donald Trump is expected to meet his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping on the sidelines of the Group of 20 summit in Argentina

MISTAKE. China sees new US policy a "mistake" and urges them to "correct" it. File photo by Brian Blanco/Getty Images/AFP

DOJ indicts Davidson Bangayan over rice cartel

Nov 09, 2018 - 2:59 PM

The justice department also indicts the trader for unlawful use of pseudonym ‘David Tan’

ALLEGED RICE SMUGGLER. Davidson Bangayan, also known as David Tan, is indicted of violating Article 186 of the Revised Penal Code (RPC). Photo from Senate PRIB

Alibaba's Ma calls trade war 'stupidest thing in the world'

Nov 05, 2018 - 10:19 PM

'Trade is to form ... peace. Trade is to communicate...nobody can stop free trade' says Jack Ma, the Alibaba e-commerce tycoon

STUPIDEST. File photo of Alibaba founder Jack Ma. Photo by Munir Uz Zaman/ AFP

PH slips 11 notches in World Bank's ease of doing business ranking

Nov 02, 2018 - 1:28 PM

The Philippine government rejects the findings, as Philippine finance and trade officials urge the World Bank to correct the 'inaccurate and understated findings'

Pacific trade pact shunned by Trump cleared for launch

Oct 31, 2018 - 1:45 PM

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison announces that his government has ratified the 11-country pact, meaning a quorum of more than half the members have formally signed on

PACIFIC TRADE. This file photo shows Scott Morrison at a press conference in Sydney on July 25, 2014. File photo by William West/AFP

Duterte revives barter trade in Mindanao

Oct 31, 2018 - 11:40 AM

The ancient form of trade will be regulated by the government through President Rodrigo Duterte's Executive Order No. 64

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, in his speech during the 16th founding anniversary of the Supreme Tribal Council for Peace and Development, Inc. (STCPD) at the 3rd Infantry Battalion Headquarters in Calinan, Davao City on March 23, 2018, criticizes the idea of a coalition government proposed by the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) for he believes that it would bypass the democratic process of electing a leader which is chosen by the people. Malacañang Photo

Philippines, China launch peso-yuan trading facility

Oct 30, 2018 - 8:05 PM

Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III says this reduces the cost of doing business for Chinese and Filipino businessmen

FASTER CONVERSION. The peso-yuan trading facility hastens the exchange of the two currencies. Shutterstock photo

Nature pushed to the brink by 'runaway consumption'

Oct 30, 2018 - 8:47 AM

WWF's 'Living Planet' reports says that from 1970 to 2014, 60% of all animals with a backbone were wiped out by human activity

WILDLIFE WOES. Elephants walk to a watering pan in Zimbabwe's Hwange National Park on September 6, 2012. File photo by Jekesai Njikizana/AFP

Gov't sets suggested retail prices for rice

Oct 28, 2018 - 2:25 PM

Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol warns that traders who will not follow the SRPs would face jail time and a fine of up to P1 million

World's oldest intact shipwreck found in Black Sea

Oct 23, 2018 - 8:17 PM

The Black Sea Maritime Archaeology Project finds a virtually intact ancient Greek trading ship dating back more than 2,400 years at the bottom of the Black Sea, the world's oldest known shipwreck

FOUND. An undated handout picture released by Black Sea MAP/EEF Expeditions in London on October 23, 2018, shows the remains of an ancient Greek trading ship laying on the sea bed at the bottom of the Black Sea near Bulgaira. Handout/Black Sea MAP/EEF Expeditions/AFP

Bamboo strikes again at the 68th Manila FAME

Oct 18, 2018 - 2:30 PM

A bi-annual event, Manila Fame is the second longest running design and lifestyle exhibition in the Asia Pacific

BAMBOO IS BACK. Milo Naval’s amazing Padyak heralds bamboo’s arrival as a design material to reckon with. Photo by Earnest Mangulabnan Zabala

Global trade wars risk 'millions of jobs' – WTO chief

Oct 18, 2018 - 1:01 PM

'A continued escalation of tensions would pose real risks,' says World Trade Organization chief Roberto Azevedo

ROBERT AZEVEDO. World Trade Organization Director-General Roberto Azevedo gestures after he speaks to reporters on February 22, 2017 in Geneva.File photo by Fabrice Coffrini / AFP

U.S. sets new trade talks with EU, Japan, Britain

Oct 17, 2018 - 3:01 PM

US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer says the administration has notified Congress of its intent to negotiate the 3 separate trade agreements

TRADE. In this file photo, US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer (R) attends the Asia-Pacifics Economic Cooperation (APEC) 23rd Ministers responsible for Trade Meeting at the National Convention Center in Hanoi on May 20, 2017. File photo by AFP

'Window of opportunity narrowing' on global growth – IMF

Oct 13, 2018 - 4:02 PM

The International Monetary Fund also warns that 'everyone is going to suffer' from a trade-and-currency clash between the United States and China, the world's two biggest economies

'Winter is coming,' Indonesian leader warns amid economic gloom

Oct 12, 2018 - 3:08 PM

Joko Widodo's offbeat reference to the wildly popular show draw applause from the audience attending the annual meetings of the International Monetary Fund and World Bank in Bali

'WINTER IS COMING.' Indonesia President Joko Widodo delivers his speech at the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank annual meetings in Nusa Dua, on Indonesia's resort island of Bali on October 12, 2018. Photo by Sonny Tumbelaka/AFP

U.S. curbs China nuclear exports as Trump warns Americans not 'stupid'

Oct 12, 2018 - 2:16 PM

The US Energy Department says it will make it more difficult to ship nuclear technology to China, one of the few growing markets for new plants

TRUMP. US President Donald Trump makes a statement at the White House in Washington, DC, on November 28, 2017. File photo by Jim Watson/AFP

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

IMF cuts global growth forecast to 3.7% for 2018, 2019 as risks rise

Oct 09, 2018 - 9:19 AM

The International Monetary Fund warns that risks highlighted in previous reports 'have become more pronounced or have partially materialized' in the real world

GROWTH FORECAST. The International Monetary Fund logo is seen 05 April 2007 in Washington, DC.  File photo by Tim Sloan/AFP

Labor groups enraged as Duterte sacks Leftist Usec Joel Maglunsod

Oct 03, 2018 - 12:47 PM

(UPDATED) President Rodrigo Duterte fires Labor Undersecretary Joel Maglunsod without explaining why, but mentions the rising number of workers' strikes in the country

MAY DAY. Trade union leaders along with workers from different labor groups and federations march near Malacanang to protest on Labor Day, May 1, 2018. Photo by Ted Aljibe/AFP

Trump hails 'most important ever' U.S.-Canada-Mexico trade pact

Oct 02, 2018 - 9:58 AM

Analysts say USMCA is similar to NAFTA in many respects but there is improved access for US agricultural goods, including the dairy products which Canada in particular had tried to limit

NEW TRADE PACT. In this file photo taken on September 11, 2018 US President Donald Trump speaks to members of the press. Photo by Zach Gibson/AFP

U.S., Mexico, Canada agree on free trade pact to replace NAFTA

Oct 01, 2018 - 12:44 PM

The United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) updates and replaces the nearly 25-year-old North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), which President Donald Trump had labeled a disaster and promised to cancel

THE USMCA. In this file photo taken on September 24, 2017 the Mexican, US and the Canadian flags sit in the lobby where the third round of the NAFTA renegotiations are taking place in Ottawa, Ontario.  File photo by Lars Hagberg/AFP

Canada, U.S. in last-minute NAFTA deal – media

Oct 01, 2018 - 10:40 AM

(UPDATED) Reports of a deal cause a jump in the Canadian dollar on early Asian trading with the loonie up 0.7% from its Friday close at $1.2814

NAFTA DEAL. US President Donald Trump (L) is greeted by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau during the G7 Summit in La Malbaie, Quebec, Canada, June 8, 2018. File photo by Ludovic Marin/AFP

U.S., Canada hold last-minute NAFTA talks as deadline looms

Oct 01, 2018 - 8:40 AM

(UPDATED) 'Lots of progress, but we're not there yet,' David MacNaughton, Canada's ambassador to the United States, said in Ottawa before heading back to Washington earlier on Sunday

China, Russia denounce 'blackmail' as rift with U.S. exposed at UN

Sep 29, 2018 - 10:19 AM

The United States' relations with China and Russia continue to plummet amid President Donald Trump's accusations against the two countries

Trade wars hint at 'deeper economic malaise' – U.N.

Sep 27, 2018 - 12:35 PM

The UN Conference on Trade and Development warns of 'economic storm clouds gathering,' with tepid growth being fueled by skyrocketing debt

Supreme Court allows drug charges vs Peter Lim to continue

Sep 26, 2018 - 5:21 PM

The Court’s Third Division denies Lim’s request to nullify the Department of Justice (DOJ) reinvestigation

JUNKED. Supreme Court junks Peter Lim's appeal to void the Department of Justice reinvestigation that ultimately found sufficient evidence to charge him for conspiracy to commit illegal drugs.

No new progress reported in U.S.-Canada trade talks

Sep 21, 2018 - 5:20 PM

Canada's Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland tells reporters negotiations had been 'continuous' and 'constructive' but in contrast to previous encounters over the past month she refrained from saying the sides had made progress

CHRYSTIA FREELAND. Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland (C) speaks prior to her meeting with US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer in Washington, DC, on August 30, 2018. File photo by Jim Watson/AFP

'More work' to get a continental trade deal – Trudeau

Sep 20, 2018 - 1:25 PM

Negotiators have been in talks nearly non-stop for a month as they try to overcome hurdles and agree on a NAFTA rewrite

NAFTA. In this file photo, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau addresses a press conference at the conclusion of the G7 summit in La Malbaie, Quebec, June 9, 2018. File photo by Lars Harberg/AFP

Senate to detain importer for lying in P6.8-B smuggled shabu hearing

Sep 19, 2018 - 6:09 PM

Senator Richard Gordon cited in contempt Marina Signapan, owner of SMYD Trading, refusing to believe her claim that she was merely paid to be the consignee of the illegal drugs shipment

DETAINED. Marina dela Cruz Signapan, owner of SMYD Trading, was cited with contempt by Sen. Gordon at the senate inquiry on P6.4 billion shabu shipment. September 19, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Trump accuses China of election meddling

Sep 19, 2018 - 12:01 AM

The allegation adds an explosive new element to a tense situation after Trump pulled the trigger on 10% tariffs against another $200 billion in Chinese goods from next week, with a threat of more tariffs on another $267 billion

TRADE WARS. In this file photo taken on July 19, 2017, US President Donald Trump holds up a pair of pliers as he speaks during a Made in America event with US manufacturers in the East Room of the White House in Washington, DC. Photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

Canada working on World Trade Organization reform – sources

Sep 15, 2018 - 12:57 PM

A small group of like-minded trade ministers will gather in Ottawa October 24-25 'to discuss WTO reform,' a Canadian government source says, requesting anonymity given the sensitivity of the discussions

THE WORLD TRADE ORGANIZATION. The World Trade Organization (WTO) headquarters in Geneva on April 12, 2018. File photo by Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

U.S.-Canada trade deal 'imminently possible,' Freeland says

Sep 12, 2018 - 11:54 AM

US President Donald Trump has raised pressure on Ottawa, threatening to impose duties on Canadian auto imports, which Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says would be 'devastating' for the Canadian auto sector

US-CANADA. In this file photo, US President Donald Trump (L) is greeted by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau during the G7 Summit in La Malbaie, Quebec, Canada, June 8, 2018. File photo by Ludovic MARIN/AFP

Trade deficit balloons by 171% in July 2018

Sep 11, 2018 - 8:30 PM

Imports accelerate by 32%, while exports languish at 0.3%

Duterte wants ancient barter trade to tame inflation

Sep 11, 2018 - 5:35 PM

Barter trade is one of the most ancient economic activities, where goods are exchanged without the use of cash

RICE WOES. President Rodrigo Duterte wants to revive barter trade with Sabah to bring rice prices down. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler


Trump in Pennsylvania on 9/11 to honor Flight 93 heroes

Sep 11, 2018 - 2:13 PM

The White House says Trump will put the emphasis on 'remembering that horrific day... and certainly honoring the individuals who were not only lost that day, but also put their lives on the line to help in that process'

9/11. The Tower of Voices stands above visitors, dignitaries and family members of the victims of Flight 93 at the Flight 93 National Memorial on September 9, 2018 in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. Photo by Jeff Swensen/Getty Images/AFP

Workers still search for 9/11 remains, 17 years on

Sep 10, 2018 - 5:24 PM

In a New York lab, a team is still avidly working to identify the remains of than 1,000 victims of the hijacked plane attacks on the World Trade Center

MISSING. In this file photo taken on May 26, 2014, Sally Regenhard, who lost her son on 9/11, speaks at a news conference with other family members on the steps of City Hall to criticize the placement of unidentified human remains beneath the newly opened National September 11 Memorial and Museum in New York City. Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images North America/AFP

Apple faces Trump’s ire after company says tariffs would hurt products

Sep 10, 2018 - 12:43 PM

The tariffs are top of mind for Apple chief executive Tim Cook, who has personally lobbied Trump for months on issues of taxes and trade

APPLE. In this file photo taken on September 9, 2015 a reporter walks by an Apple logo during a media event in San Francisco, California. Photo by Josh Edelson/AFP


Customs alerted on Korean scrap truck smugglers at Davao port

Sep 09, 2018 - 3:08 PM

The Department of Trade and Industry and a Davao-based truck dealer say the trucks were smuggled from Korea without the proper registration

SMUGGLING. Used trucks were allegedly smuggled into the Port of Davao from Korea. Photo of the Port of Davao from Wikipedia

Trump turns up the heat in trade conflict with China

Sep 08, 2018 - 10:23 AM

President Donald Trump threatened to slap another more tariffs on all imported Chinese goods, says another $200 billion 'could take place very soon'

Negros Trade Fair: ‘Bayanihan, the Ilonggo way’

Sep 06, 2018 - 8:00 AM

The longest running trade fair owes its success to Negrense unity

COMMUNITY. Negrenses come together again for the 33rd Negros Trade Fair. From left to right: Joey Gaston (Hacienda Crafts), Banj Claparols (Creative Definitions), Mariel San Agustin (Domesticity), Nena Vargas Tantoco, Ina Gaston (Hacienda Crafts), Merry Ann Colmenares (Artisana Island Crafts), Cata Ereñeta-Manaloto (Ereñeta-Manaloto Chorizo) and Michael Claparols (Creative Definitions). All photos courtesy of Negros Trade Fair

U.S., Canada to try to salvage 3-country NAFTA

Sep 05, 2018 - 2:28 PM

Legislators and trade law experts have warned that Donald Trump does not have the authority to supplant the 3-nation NAFTA with a bilateral pact with Canada

NAFTA. In this file photo, US President Donald Trump greets Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau upon arrival outside of the West Wing of the White House on February 13, 2017 in Washington, DC. File photo by Mandel Ngan/AFP

PH among 'top performers' in Asia on sustainable trade

Sep 04, 2018 - 5:06 PM

The Philippines 'outperforms' Malaysia and Thailand due to a major improvement in its social pillar, boasting the 'most educated population' among all low income countries

TOP PERFORMER. According to the Sustainable Trade Index 2018 report, the Philippines is a top performer across Asian countries in sustainable trade. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Trump threatens to exclude Canada from new NAFTA deal

Sep 02, 2018 - 12:27 AM

Trump's tweet seems designed to greatly ramp up the pressure on Canadian negotiators

TIT FOR TAT. In this file photo taken on June 8, 2018, US President Donald Trump (L) and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau hold a meeting on the sidelines of the G7 Summit in La Malbaie, Quebec, Canada. Photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

U.S. presses ahead with Mexico trade pact, talks with Canada resume next week

Sep 01, 2018 - 10:12 AM

Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland says that a 'win-win-win agreement is within reach' among the 3 countries

US President Donald Trump speaks during a phone conversation with Mexico's President Enrique Pena Nieto on trade in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, DC on August 27, 2018.  President Donald Trump said Monday the US had reached a "really good deal" with Mexico and talks with Canada would begin shortly on a new regional free trade pact."It's a big day for trade. It's a really good deal for both countries," Trump said."Canada, we will start negotiations shortly. I'll be calling their prime minister very soon," Trump said.US and Mexican negotiators have been working for weeks to iron out differences in order to revise the nearly 25-year old North American Free Trade Agreement, while Canada was waiting to rejoin the negotiations.  / AFP PHOTO / MANDEL NGAN

Roadblocks remain as U.S.-Canada NAFTA talks go down to the wire

Aug 31, 2018 - 11:50 PM

With the US deadline to get an agreement by Friday, there are reports the sides were struggling to find compromise on the NAFTA mechanism for resolving trade disputes and on Canada's managed dairy market

NAFTA DEAL. Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland (C) speaks prior to her meeting with US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer in Washington, DC, on August 30, 2018. Photo by Jim Watson/AFP

'Shape up or we'll quit', Trump tells WTO

Aug 31, 2018 - 4:49 PM

'If they don't shape up, I would withdraw from the WTO,' Trump says, describing the agreement to set the organization up as 'the single worst trade deal ever made'

THREATENING TO QUIT. US President Donald Trump doesn't want to invite Cleveland Cavaliers nor the Golden State Warriors for an official White House visit. AFP Photo

U.S., Canada agreement on NAFTA 2.0 appears to be in reach

Aug 29, 2018 - 1:16 PM

(UPDATED) 'There is a possibility of getting to a good deal for Canada by Friday,' says Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau

NAFTA TALKS. In this file photo taken on October 11, 2017 US President Donald Trump (R) welcomes Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at the White House in Washington, DC. File photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

Mexico president-elect wants Canada in new NAFTA

Aug 28, 2018 - 3:08 PM

The ball is now in Canada's court after the United States and Mexico reached an agreement on Monday, August 27

NAFTA. In this file photo, Mexico's President-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador speaks during a press conference in Mexico City, on July 5, 2018. File photo by Ronaldo Schemidt/AFP

U.S., Mexico finalize trade pact; Canada to rejoin talks August 28

Aug 28, 2018 - 7:44 AM

The uncertainty around the 25-year-old North American Free Trade Agreement now revolves around whether it can remain a 3-nation deal, as President Donald Trump suggests he could cut Ottawa out

NAFTA. US President Donald Trump speaks during a phone conversation with Mexico's President Enrique Peña Nieto on trade in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, DC on August 27, 2018. Photo by Mandel Ngan/AFP

Mexican president sees 3-way NAFTA deal 'this week'

Aug 28, 2018 - 12:00 AM

The United States and Mexico had been holding two-way talks to iron out lingering issues, before bringing Canada back to the table

NAFTA DEAL. Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto delivers a special message to the media pledging to strengthen mechanisms to guarantee the safety of journalists, at the Los Pinos Residence in Mexico City, on May 17, 2017.  Photo by Alfredo Estrella/AFP