Monthly Archives: April 2019

Duterte urges restraint, caution in South China Sea

  BEIJING – The Philippines and China should exercise “restraint and caution” to prevent an escalation of the tension in the South China Sea, President Duterte declared during his recent meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping. The President pushed for peace and stability in the disputed waters after raising the Philippines’ concerns on the West […]

The Philippines’ Rodrigo Duterte broached South China Sea ruling in meeting with China’s Xi Jinping

  BEIJING – Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, in a meeting this week with his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping, brought up the thorny issue of a 2016 arbitration award favoring his country in a territorial dispute with China in the South China Sea, senior Philippine officials said Saturday. At the Thursday meeting in Beijing, Xi simply […]

South China Sea: Tensions ERUPT as US destroyers make ‘illegal’ move through Taiwan Strait

  SOUTH China Sea tensions have erupted following the transit of two US Navy destroyers through the Taiwan Strait on Sunday. The transit, which has been confirmed by officials, comes days after Beijing attacked France calling a similar transit “illegal”. There have been no reports of a response from China. The Pentagon said the voyage […]

Giant clams still on sale in South China despite bans

The giant clam is still being traded illegally in Tanmen township, South China’s Hainan Province, even though the nation banned the trade in 2017, thepaper.cn reported Saturday. The Hainan provincial government has implemented a strict program for the protection of giant clams, prohibiting their removal and sale for reasons other than scientific research and other […]

FALSE: ‘China confirmed’ Noynoy Aquino, Trillanes ‘sold’ Scarborough Shoal

There is no official confirmation from China that the Aquino administration sold Scarborough Shoal (Panatag Shoal) Claim: China confirmed that former president Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III and opposition Senator Antonio Trillanes IV sold Scarborough Shoal (Panatag Shoal). On April 11, Facebook page Enlightened Pinoy posted a screenshot of a website article’s headline that reads, “China […]

FALSE: ‘China confirmed’ Noynoy Aquino, Trillanes ‘sold’ Scarborough Shoal

There is no official confirmation from China that the Aquino administration sold Scarborough Shoal (Panatag Shoal) Claim: China confirmed that former president Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III and opposition Senator Antonio Trillanes IV sold Scarborough Shoal (Panatag Shoal). On April 11, Facebook page Enlightened Pinoy posted a screenshot of a website article’s headline that reads, “China […]

China-Philippines ties getting better and better – Xi

  BEIJING – For Chinese President Xi Jinping, relations between the Philippines and China are getting stronger and better. “We are happy to see Philippines-China relations getting better and better. The cooperation between the two sides is very good and getting stronger,” Xi said in his opening statement at a bilateral meeting with President Duterte […]

PHL won’t bar Chinese proposals for shipyard takeover

  MANILA — All offers from potential buyers of a strategically located but debt-laden Philippine shipyard will be welcome, the trade minister said on Thursday, ruling out barring Chinese firms over national security fears. Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez said the government would not, and could not, block interested buyers of distressed shipbuilder Hanjin Philippines, which […]