PCOO staff learning Chinese language

PCOO staff learning Chinese language Alexis Romero (The Philippine Star) – April 15, 2019 – 12:00am MANILA, Philippines — While the Philippines and China are embroiled in a dispute over the South China Sea, government employees are learning basic Mandarin to allow them to understand their Chinese counterparts. About 15 personnel from the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO), the government’s lead communications arm, started a course on basic Mandarin last Friday, according to an article published by Chinese state-run news agency Xinhua. About 30 PCOO employees have reportedly signed up…

PALACE TO CHINA: Spratly Islands is ours

MANILA – The Palace contradicted China in claims over Spratly Islands which the Philippines considered part of the West Philippine Sea and within its 200-nautical mile exclusive economic zone. Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo made the remark on Saturday after China said the contested island is within its territory as supported by “sufficient historical and legal basis.” The palace official said “while we concur with the Chinese official’s statement that the dispute can be best threshed out through peaceful negotiation between the two countries towards a solid partnership, beneficial to Filipino…

F.B.I. Bars Some China Scholars From Visiting the U.S. Over Spying Fears

BEIJING — Just as he had on previous trips, Zhu Feng bolted down his lunch at the Los Angeles airport before sprinting to catch his Air China flight back to Beijing. Suddenly, two F.B.I. agents blocked the Chinese scholar at the boarding gate and ordered him to hand over his passport. They flipped to the well-used 10-year visa to the United States and crossed out the page with a black pen. “‘Go back to China,’” Mr. Zhu, a professor of international relations, recalled an agent telling him during that visit…

More islands to discover | Philstar.com

As far as Department of Tourism (DOT) Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat is aware of, our archipelago has grown. That is, in terms of the number of islands that was counted as within our Philippine territory. According to the DOT Secretary, the Philippines now has 7,641 islands. What we are aware of and traditionally know about is that the Philippines has 7,107 islands. This number of islands in the Philippines was, in fact, immortalized by the famous quip from former Binibining Pilipinas and Miss Universe runner-up Charlene Gonzales. Asked this bit of…