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Divided APEC leaders battle for unity after U.S., China spat

Nov 18, 2018 - 11:04 AM

(UPDATED) Speeches from Chinese President Xi Jinping and US Vice President Mike Pence appear to represent competing bids for regional leadership

APEC SUMMIT. (L-R) Australia's Prime Minister Scott Morrison, Brunei's Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah, Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Chile's President Sebastian Pinera, China's President Xi Jinping, Papua New Guinea's Prime Minister Peter O'Neill, Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, US Vice President Mike Pence, Malaysia's Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, Indonesia's President Joko Widodo and Hong Kong's Chief Executive Carrie Lam wave with (back row L to R) Mexico's Undersecretary of Foreign Trade Juan Carlos Baker, New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern (hidden behind Trudeau), Peru's Foreign Minister Nestor Popolizio, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, Russia's Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, South Korea's President Moon Jae-in, Thailand's Prime Minister Prayut Chan-O-Cha, Vietnam's Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc and Taiwan's representative Morris Chang (hidden behind Widodo) as they pose for a "family photo" during the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit in Port Moresby on November 18, 2018. Photo by Saeed Khan/AFP

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

State visit of Chinese President Xi Jinping to the Philippines

Nov 17, 2018 - 5:08 PM

News, analysis, and videos on Chinese President Xi Jinping’s state visit to the Philippines, November 20-21, 2018

U.S., China in APEC cruise ship clash on trade, influence

Nov 17, 2018 - 1:06 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Representatives from both countries duel in back-to-back speeches at a pre-APEC business forum

From duets to sea disputes: When Chinese presidents visit Philippines

Nov 17, 2018 - 1:00 PM

Remember the duet of Fidel V. Ramos and Jiang Zemin, or the awkward walk of Noynoy Aquino and Xi Jinping?

PH-CHINA DUET. Chinese President Jiang Zemin (L) and Philippine President Fidel Ramos (R) sing a duet number with a string quartet at a state dinner for Jiang in Malacañang Palace on November 26, 1996. Photo by AFP

Protectionism 'doomed to failure': China's Xi says in swipe at U.S.

Nov 17, 2018 - 10:57 AM

Chinese President Xi Jinping stresses that there will be no winners from a trade war or a new cold war amid increasing rivalry between the world's top two economies

AMID TENSIONS. Chinese President Xi Jinping warns against protectionism ahead of APEC Summit 2018. File photo by Fred Dufour/AFP

PROFILE: Shades of Duterte in China's Xi Jinping

Nov 17, 2018 - 9:00 AM

Chinese President Xi Jinping, who is visiting the Philippines, shares many things in common with Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte

Xi Jinping woos Pacific islands to curb Taiwan's influence

Nov 16, 2018 - 6:40 PM

Chinese leader Xi Jinping will meet with 7 Pacific islands heads before the APEC Summit

STATE VISIT. Papua New Guinea's Prime Minister Peter O'Neill (left) and China's President Xi Jinping at the opening of Independence Drive Boulevard in Port Moresby on November 16, 2018, ahead of the APEC Summit. Photo by Mark Schiefelbein/Pool/AFP

‘Oil is everything’ – Duterte’s rhetoric on West PH Sea joint exploration

Nov 16, 2018 - 1:00 PM

In the weeks leading to a framework agreement on joint exploration with China, President Rodrigo Duterte emphasizes the Philippines' need for oil

U.S., China rivalry to dominate APEC summit

Nov 16, 2018 - 11:23 AM

The high-profile trade war between the world's two largest economies – as well as tit-for-tat tariff measures – will also serve as a backdrop to what could be a tense gathering

APEC. This picture taken on November 13, 2018 shows the cruise ship Pacific Jewels, which will accommodate delegates and journalists at this year's Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Summit, docking in Port Moresby. Photo by Saeed Khan/AFP

[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

Xi Jinping to visit PH from November 20-21

Nov 15, 2018 - 4:13 PM

The last Chinese president to make a state visit to the Philippines was Hu Jintao in 2005, during the Arroyo administration which also enjoyed strong ties with Beijing

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and People's Republic of China President Xi Jinping pose for a photo following a successful bilateral meeting at the Boao State Guesthouse on April 10, 2018. ACE MORANDANTE/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

APEC summit: The Xi show by the sea shore

Nov 14, 2018 - 7:53 PM

Papua New Guinea is this week's host of the APEC summit, but looking around Port Moresby you could easily mistake that it is China's Xi Jinping who is calling the shots.

This picture taken on November 13, 2018 shows a guard (R) standing by a newly built Chinese-style gate at the hotel where Chinese President Xi Jinping and his delegation will stay, ahead of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in Port Moresby.  Saeed KHAN / AFP

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

Trump, Xi eye G20 talks after 'very good' phone call

Nov 01, 2018 - 10:59 PM

(UPDATED) The phone call comes as tensions between the world's two biggest economies are rising on several fronts, including commerce and security

FIRST MEETING. US President Donald Trump (R) and Chinese President Xi Jinping (L) shake hands during dinner at the Mar-a-Lago estate in West Palm Beach, Florida, on April 6, 2017. File photo by Jim Watson/AFP

Wang Yi: Duterte 'the most respected friend' of Xi Jinping

Oct 29, 2018 - 1:35 AM

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi says 'facts have proven' that President Rodrigo Duterte's 'friendly policy toward China' is the way forward

IN BARONG. Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi wears the Philippines' native barong to show he is a 'member' of the Filipino family. Screenshot from RTVM

Japan's Abe begins a rare visit to China

Oct 25, 2018 - 6:11 PM

Shinzo Abe's visit is the first by a Japanese premier since 2011 and is part of a years-long process of repairing relations in the wake of a disastrous falling-out in 2012

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe addresses a press conference at the conclusion of the G7 Summit in La Malbaie, Canada on June 9, 2018. The leaders of the G7 failed to heal a tariff dispute that has pushed them to the brink of trade war, as Donald Trump quit their summit early and warned Canada, Japan and Europe that "the gig is up." GEOFF ROBINS / AFP

China's president launches Hong Kong-mainland mega bridge

Oct 23, 2018 - 10:32 AM

It is the second major infrastructure project tying Hong Kong to mainland China to launch in a matter of weeks, after the opening of a high-speed rail link in September

Japan protests China ships near disputed isles ahead of Abe visit

Oct 17, 2018 - 6:36 PM

A Japanese government spokesman says China's intrusion was 'extremely regrettable' but said Tokyo is still hoping to 'take Japan-China relations to the next level'

Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, in his opening remarks during the 20th Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)-Japan Summit at the Philippine International Convention Center in Pasay City on November 13, 2017, expresses his optimism over the upcoming developments that are expected to spring up due to the continuing partnership between Japan and the regional bloc. ACE MORANDANTE/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Japan PM Abe to make rare China visit

Oct 12, 2018 - 3:40 PM

Shinzo Abe will visit from October 25 to 27 and mark the 40th anniversary of the Treaty of Peace and Friendship between the two nations

ABE IN CHINA? This file photo shows Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership during the 31st ASEAN summit at Philippine International Convention Center in Pasay City Manila. File photo by Russell Palma/Pool photo

Duterte assures China: No PH military in US exercises during Xi visit

Oct 09, 2018 - 3:39 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte gives the assurance to Chinese Ambassador Zhao Jianhua who expressed Beijing's concern about the reported US naval exercises in the South China Sea in November

PH-CHINA TIES. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte greets Chinese Ambassador to the Philippins Zhao Jianhua who paid a courtesy call on him in Malacanang on October 8, 2018. Presidential Photo

Trump admits friendship with China's Xi could be over

Sep 27, 2018 - 4:20 PM

With tensions growing sharply between the two sides on a range of issues, Trump says China wanted him to suffer an electoral setback as payback for his hard line over trade.

FRIENDSHIP OVER? US President Donald Trump (L) shakes hands with China's President Xi Jinping at the end of a press conference at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on November 9, 2017. File photo by Fred Dufour/AFP

Hong Kong bans pro-independence party

Sep 24, 2018 - 12:19 PM

The space for political dissent in semi-autonomous Hong Kong is shrinking in the face of an increasingly assertive China under President Xi Jinping

PRO-INDEPENDENCE. This file photo taken on August 5, 2016 shows Andy Chan (right), leader of the pro-independence Hong Kong National Party and a disqualified candidate of the city's elections, speaking at a press conference at the start of a rally near the government's headquarters in Hong Kong. Photo by  Anthony Wallace/AFP

Russia launches biggest ever war games

Sep 11, 2018 - 12:30 PM

(UPDATED) The week-long deployment dubbed 'Vostok-2018' is condemned by NATO as a rehearsal for 'large-scale conflict'

China calls on U.S., North Korea to implement Singapore deal

Sep 10, 2018 - 3:31 PM

A senior Chinese official says his country hopes that North Korea and the US could implement the outcome of the June nuclear summit in Singapore and work to preserve peaceful talks

China's Xi to send top official to North Korea anniversary

Sep 04, 2018 - 8:37 PM

Li Zhanshu, a member of the Communist Party's 7-member politburo standing committee, is invited by the North Korean government and its ruling Workers Party, the official news agency Xinhua says

LI ZHANSHU. Newly elected Chairman of the National People's Congress Li Zhanshu swears an oath after being elected during the fifth plenary session of the first session of the 13th National People's Congress (NPC) at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on March 17, 2018. File photo by nicolas Asfouri/AFP

China's Xi offers $60 billion in Africa aid, says 'no strings attached'

Sep 03, 2018 - 8:33 PM

Xi offers the funding at the start of a two-day China-Africa summit that focused on his cherished Belt and Road initiative. The money – to be spent over the next 3 years – comes on top of $60 billion Beijing offered in 2015.

CHINA-AFRICA COOPERATION. A host of African leaders join Chinese president Xi Jinping for a group photo session during the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation in Beijing on September 3, 2018. Photo by How Hwee Young/AFP

Mahathir to renegotiate or cancel mega-projects during China trip

Aug 16, 2018 - 8:30 PM

The 93-year-old Malaysian leader rails against a series of deals struck with Chinese state-owned companies by the administration of toppled leader Najib Razak

Mantan PM Malaysia Mahathir Mohamad. FOTO oleh Regina Safri/ANTARA

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Joint development deal may be finalized before Xi visit – Roque

Aug 09, 2018 - 2:29 PM

Chinese President Xi Jinping is expected to fly to the Philippines in late 2018, after he attends the APEC Summit in Papua New Guinea in November

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

China's Xi says 'no winner' in any trade war

Jul 25, 2018 - 11:02 PM

'Unilateralism and protectionism are mounting, dealing a severe blow to multilateralism and the multilateral trading regime,' Chinese President Xi Jinping says, without mentioning the United States by name

XI JINPING. File photo of China's President Xi Jinping at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing on June 21, 2018. Photo by Fred Dufour/Pool/AFP

Chinese president calls latest pharma scare 'vile'

Jul 23, 2018 - 9:51 PM

The mounting scandal stemming from a sub-standard rabies vaccine raises questions about the safety of China's entire vaccine industry and sends drug company shares tumbling

PHARMA SCARE. Vials containing the vaccine for rabies are seen as a local market supervisory authority official conducts a check at a hospital in Rongan in China's southern Guangxi region on July 23, 2018. Photo by AFP

North Korea's Kim asked China's Xi to help lift sanctions – report

Jul 01, 2018 - 8:08 PM

A Japanese newspaper reports that Kim Jong-un asked the Chinese president to help ease the sanctions that have crippled North Korea's economy

Xi Jinping, U.S. defense chief meet amid troubled security relations

Jun 27, 2018 - 8:18 PM

US Defense Secretary James Mattis, visiting Beijing to take the measure of China's global security ambitions, especially in the South China Sea, tells Xi Jinping he wants to keep the bilateral military relationship on an even keel and find areas to cooperate

MIGHTY CHINA. File photo of China's President Xi Jinping at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing on June 21, 2018. Photo by Fred Dufour/Pool/AFP

Taiwan president urges world to stand up to China – AFP interview

Jun 25, 2018 - 10:25 PM

Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen urges other nations to unite in defending against China's expansionist aims and to protect shared liberal values

VERSUS CHINA. Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen takes part in an interview with AFP at the Presidential Office in Taipei on June 25, 2018. Photo Sam Yeh/AFP

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'

U.S. blames Canada for G7 fiasco, says Trudeau 'stabbed us in the back'

Jun 10, 2018 - 8:31 AM

(UPDATED) US President Donald Trump takes exception to comments made by Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at a news conference on the ground in Quebec

G7 SUMMIT. G7 leaders pose for the family photo during the G7 Summit on June 8, 2018 in La Malbaie, Canada. From left are European Council President Donald Tusk, British Prime Minister Theresa May, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, US President Donald Trump, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, French President Emmanuel Macron, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte, and European Commission President Jean Claude Juncker. Photo by Pool/AFP

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

Xi Jinping touts Vladimir Putin ties as U.S. tensions bring them closer

Jun 08, 2018 - 8:23 PM

'This medal of friendship represents the Chinese people's lofty respect for President Putin, and symbolizes the profound friendship between China and Russia,' says Chinese President Xi Jinping

FRIENDS. Russian President Vladimir Putin (left) and Chinese President Xi Jinping shake hands during a signing ceremony inside the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on June 8, 2018. Photo by Nicolas Asfouri/POOL/AFP

Mattis accuses China of 'intimidation and coercion' in South China Sea

Jun 02, 2018 - 9:44 AM

(UPDATED) Speaking at a high-profile security summit in Singapore, Pentagon chief Jim Mattis also says the US military continues to support diplomats pushing for the 'complete, verifiable and irreversible' denuclearization of the Korean peninsula.

JAMES MATTIS. US Defense Secretary James Mattis delivers his speech during the first plenary session of the 17th Asian Security Summit of the IISS ShangriLa Dialogue in Singapore on June 2, 2018. Photo by Roslan Rahman/AFP

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May 23, 2018 - 11:42 AM

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[EDITORIAL] #AnimatED: Geopolitics, Duterte-style

May 21, 2018 - 9:00 AM

Duterte wants us to believe that China will intervene to keep him in power. What is troubling with Duterte’s empty boast is it unmasks his provincial view of regional security and his malnourished understanding of sovereignty.

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May 17, 2018 - 10:41 AM

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President Rodrigo Roa Duterte reiterates his stance against corruption as he convenes with various rice traders during a meeting at the Malacañan Palace on April 5, 2018. ACE MORANDANTE/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Duterte: 'Remain meek, humble' to get 'mercy' of China's Xi

May 16, 2018 - 6:35 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte says China's Xi Jinping is proposing a 'bigger share' for the Philippines in a joint development of the West Philippine Sea

CLOSE TIES. President Rodrigo Duterte is accompanied by Chinese President Xi Jinping prior to the start of the dinner hosted by the Chinese President 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

China's Xi, North Korea's Kim meet ahead of Trump summit

May 08, 2018 - 11:39 PM

Kim's trip to Dalian is his second visit to China since March, highlighting efforts by the Cold War-era allies to mend relations that have chilled as Beijing has supported UN sanctions over Pyongyang's nuclear activities

TALKS. US President Donald Trump and China's Xi Jinping committed to maintaining pressure and sanctions on North Korea, should talks between the US and North Korea backslide. Photos from AFP

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

Taiwan to stage live-fire drill simulating China 'invasion'

Apr 24, 2018 - 9:03 PM

Taiwan's 5-day drill, codenamed 'Han Kuang,' which means 'Han Glory,' will start from June 4

This undated photo taken in April 2018 shows J15 fighter jets on China's sole operational aircraft carrier, the Liaoning, during a drill at sea. A flotilla of Chinese naval vessels held a "live combat drill" in the East China Sea, state media reported early April 23, 2018, the latest show of force by Beijing's burgeoning navy in disputed waters that have riled neighbours. AFP

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