China’s island-builder has US embassy in Manila surrounded

MANILA — China Harbour Engineering has clinched a contract for a $1 billion land reclamation project to extend SM Prime Holdings‘ Mall of Asia complex in Manila, with construction greenlighted to begin next year. The company is among a group of Chinese construction companies working on at least five separate land reclamation projects in Manila Bay that will effectively leave the U.S. government’s bayside embassy in the Philippine capital surrounded by reclaimed land. China Harbour will partner with Dutch company Royal Boskalis Westminster, for the 360-hecatre project, according to Alexander…

Pinoys value ties with US over China – SWS – The Manila Times

Majority of Filipinos believe that the Philippines’ relationship with its long-time ally, the United States, is more important than that with China, according to the latest Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey released on Saturday. The poll conducted from September 27 to 30 among 1,800 Filipino adults nationwide showed that 78 percent of the respondents valued the Philippines’ ties with the US than with China while only 12 percent said they thought the country’s relationship with China was more important. On the other hand, 5 percent said the country’s relationship with…

New Chinese envoy to PH assumes post, vows ‘best is yet to come’ – The Manila Times

SENIOR Chinese diplomat, Huang Xilian, arrived on Tuesday to begin his post as China’s ambassador to the Philippines. Huang was former envoy to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) based in Jakarta before he was assigned to serve as Beijing’s top diplomat in Manila. He replaced Zhao Jinhua who started his stint in Manila in 2014 at the height of a maritime dispute between the Philippines and China over overlapping claims in the Spratly islands in the South China Sea or West Philippine Sea. Huang said the “best is…

US Navy confirms real intent of PH arbitration vs China – The Manila Times

RIGOBERTO D. TIGLAO THE US Navy last week, in its actions and official statements, in effect revealed what was really one of the real aims of the Philippines’ arbitration suit that President Aquino 3rd and his foreign secretary Albert del Rosario brought against China in 2013. It wasn’t to win back for the Philippines islands or reefs it claims to own in the Spratly islands, which it alleges China grabbed from it. The arbitration was intended — other than to demonize China as an evil aggressor in the South China…

New Chinese ambassador not new to issues surrounding South China Sea dispute » Manila Bulletin News

Published November 25, 2019, 11:19 AM By Roy Mabasa Incoming Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines Huang Xilian is no stranger to one of the biggest issues that will preoccupy him when he begins his diplomatic posting in Manila next month – the South China Sea. Photo from Mission of the People’s Republic of China to ASEAN Official page/ MANILA BULLETIN Huang is well-versed with regional politics as he is China’s outgoing envoy to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), the central arena where the Code of Conduct (COC) in…

Duterte to have the interest of the Filipino nation at heart in ASEAN-Korea summit » Manila Bulletin News

Published November 20, 2019, 12:36 PM By Genalyn Kabiling  The interest of the Filipino nation will be championed and protected by President Duterte when he and other leaders discuss security concerns in a regional summit in South Korea next week. President Rodrigo Duterte (Keith Bacongco / MANILA BULLETIN FILE PHOTO) As the regional issues such as the South China Sea dispute and the Korean Peninsula conflict will likely be tackled in the upcoming dialogue, the President assured the public that he would not commit to anything that would endanger the…

Is China winning the South China Sea map war against the Philippines? – The Manila Times

YEN MAKABENTA First wordPhilippine foreign secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. may have spoken too soon when he declared back in October 29 that China was not threatening to go to war with the Philippines over resources in the South China Sea. He said in a tweet, that China did not need the Philippines’ oil and gas reserves in the contested waters. Barely a week later, Panos Mourdoukoutas, a New York economics professor, contributed an article to Forbes magazine with the startling title, “China wins South China Sea map war against the…

PH to maintain ‘beneficial relations’ with US, China; independent foreign policy means not to take sides – SFA Locsin » Manila Bulletin News

Published November 7, 2019, 5:41 PM By Roy Mabasa The Philippines wants to maintain “beneficial relations” with the United States and China instead of taking sides between the world’s two colliding powers. Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit / MANILA BULLETIN) This was the message conveyed by Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. as he explains the country’s strategy on how to navigate the geopolitical tension in the South China Sea without the risk of becoming “everyone’s enemy.” Speaking at a forum organized by the Institute of Strategic and…

Have we forgotten that the Aquino-del Rosario tandem lost Scarborough twice over? – The Manila Times

RIGOBERTO D. TIGLAO HONESTLY, I am astonished at the brouhaha over a Chinese “naval warship” shooing away the Greek-owned crude oil tanker “Green Aura” from the Scarborough (Panatag) Shoal, with the warship’s spokesman telling the tanker that the area was “under Chinese jurisdiction.” Perhaps we are in denial mode, or the Yellows’ control of media persists to this day. Have we forgotten that President Benigno Aquino 3rd and his Foreign secretary Albert del Rosario lost Scarborough Shoal to the Chinese in 2012 and then in 2016? China, the Philippines, Vietnam…

US envoy decries intimidation in disputed South China Sea » Manila Bulletin News

Published November 4, 2019, 5:43 PM By Reuters BANGKOK – A US envoy denounced Chinese “intimidation” in the South China Sea at a meeting of Southeast Asian leaders on Monday and invited them to a special summit in Washington on behalf of President Donald Trump. US National Security Advisor Robert C. O’Brien attends 7th ASEAN-United States Summit in Bangkok, Thailand, November 4, 2019. (REUTERS / Soe Zeya Tun / MANILA BULLETIN) China has made sweeping maritime claims in the resource-rich waters of the South China Sea and angered neighbors by…