Vietnam Quietly Builds Up 10 Islands in South China Sea

Both China and Vietnam are building up small islands in the South China Sea, a waterway known in Vietnam as the East Sea. China has received a lot of criticism for its actions there. But Vietnam receives very little international criticism. In fact, the country even gets some support because the speed of its island-building project is slower and widely seen as defensive. There are several differences between the ways the countries are operating in the South China Sea. First, Vietnam has held its islands for many years. In addition,…

These Are the Rarest Animals in the World

The animal kingdom is an amazing place, full of colorful creatures that swim, fly, run, walk, and roam freely around the Earth. Sadly, a lot of animals are on the brink of extinction, including some you might have never even heard of. Here are 15 of the rarest animals in the world. 1.  Pika Pika | Sylvain CORDIER/Gamma-Rapho/Getty Images No, not Pikachu, but pika, or rather Ilia pika (Ochotona iliensis), is a tiny mammal that lives in the Tianshan mountain range and was discovered in 1983. Found in the extremely…

Duterte Might Discuss South China Sea during China Visit

President Rodrigo Duterte, who is expected to attend a two-day forum in China this week, could raise the issue of Beijing’s encroachment in Philippine-claimed areas in the South China Sea during a meeting with his counterpart Xi Jinping, an official said Monday. This comes two weeks after Duterte warned China to stay away from areas controlled by Manila in the disputed sea region. He said he was prepared to send troops if necessary following an announcement by his government that Chinese ships had been spotted near Pag-asa island within the…

China told to ‘lay off’ Philippines’ islands shows SHIFT in Manila-Beijing relationship | World | News

As the midterm elections in the Philippines approach, President Rodrigo Duterte is attempting to overturn his “soft” approach with China over the territory, by engaging in talks with US President Donald Trump to increase their joint military efforts. Mr Duterte’s administration also warned China to “lay off” Manila-owned Thitu Island, in the Spratly archipelago. This came after 200 Chinese vessels were spotted there in what the Philippines’ Department of Foreign Affairs condemned as “a clear violation of Philippine sovereignty”. President Duterte has faced criticism for his handling of China and…

Philippines Morning News For April 22, 2019

DOF: P1.01B daily underspending in Q1 due to reenacted budgetThe government was unable to spend more than P1 billion per day on public goods and services as it had ought to during the first quarter due to the budget impasse in Congress, according to the head of the Duterte administration’s economic team.— Philippine Daily Inquirer NG’s Q1 budget gap down 41% to P90.2BTHE national government recorded a budget deficit of P90.245 billion for the first quarter of 2019, as expenditures outpaced revenues, but the gap was much lower than last…