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Aggression in South China Sea will see new anti-China coalition – Golez

MANILA, Philippines — A former national security adviser predicted that China’s increasing aggression in the South China Sea will spur the creation of a coalition of countries, including the United States, to thwart the Asian giant’s military dominance in the vital sea lanes. “In view of its aggressive stance, China has triggered (the formation of) […]

Rodrigo Duterte defends China ties in telecoms deal

  Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte’s office on Wednesday defended a controversial deal to allow a China-backed telecoms company to set up communications facilities on military bases, rejecting opponents’ warnings that it could compromise national security. The Armed Forces of the Philippines last week signed a memorandum of agreement with Dito Telecommunity Corp, the country’s new […]

‘Futile’ to raise PH, China maritime dispute before UN: Palace

  MANILA- Malacañang dismissed Wednesday the call of the Philippines former top diplomat Albert del Rosario to raise Manila’s legal victory against Beijing over the South China Sea as world leaders gather at the 74th session of the United Nations (UN) General Assembly. It would be “futile” to bring up the 2016 ruling that invalidated […]

Pentagon Steps Up Efforts to Counter China’s Rising Power

  Fifth of a series THE Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) under President Benigno Aquino 3rd’s watch, then headed by Albert del Rosario, practically offered to drop our decades-old claim over Sabah against Malaysia in exchange for Kuala Lumpur’s support in the Philippines’ arbitration suit filed against China in 2013. This was disclosed by high-ranking […]

Pentagon Steps Up Efforts to Counter China’s Rising Power

  Maritime operations, missile tests, landing exercises: the Pentagon has been sharply stepping up its efforts to counter China’s growing military power, seen increasingly as a threat. On Friday an American warship approached the Paracel Islands, an island chain claimed by Beijing in the South China Sea, to affirm international “freedom of navigation” in the […]

Duterte stressed need for sea code of conduct to Chinese communist party execs — Go

  MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte underscored the importance of having a Code of Conduct (COC) in the South China Sea during his meeting with the officials of the Communist Party of China (CPC), Senator Bong Go revealed Tuesday. “The President emphasized the need to fast track the Asean-China Code of Conduct in the […]

Re, “The problem with China is the USA”

  Thank you Sir for mentioning my reaction letter to your column titled “60-40 or all-or-nothing” last September 13, 2019, in your today’s column (September 16, 2019) titled “The Problem with China is the USA). I know you have other important subject matters to take up in your column, but please allow me to make […]

Beware of China giving gifts: The risk of joint development of the South China Sea resources

  A few weeks after his fifth visit to China, President Rodrigo Roa Duterte claimed that Chinese President Xi Jingping offered him a controlling stake in a proposed joint energy exploration in the West Philippine Sea if the Philippines would set aside the 2016 United Nation Convention of the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) award […]