Chinese envoy cites steady growth of PH-China relations » Manila Bulletin News

Published January 16, 2020, 7:49 AM By Roy Mabasa Newly installed Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines Huang Xilian has conveyed Beijing’s gratitude and appreciation to all its Filipino friends and the Chinese community in Manila for their valuable contributions in the “sustained, sound and stable growth” of the Philippines-China relations. Chinese Ambassador-designate to the Philippines Huang Xilian (PNA via Joyce Ann L. Rocamora / MANILA BULLETIN) “The year 2019 witnessed the sustained betterment and growth of China-Philippines relations. President Xi Jinping and President Duterte met twice last year, setting the…

PHL, Chinese Coast Guard hold joint maritime drills in Manila – UNTV News

Jakarta – The president of Indonesia on Wednesday visited an island in disputed waters of the South China Sea amid a weeks-long standoff between Indonesian and Chinese vessels, an outgrowth of the ongoing territorial spat in which Jakarta and Beijing both claim sovereignty over the area. Joko Widodo made the symbolic trip to Natuna Besar – the main island of the Middle Natuna Archipelago in the Riau Islands province – in a bid to assert Indonesia’s claims of ownership of the waters. There, he met with local fishermen and talked…

China’s Coast Guard Chief Arrives in Manila for Bilateral Talks

China’s coast guard chief has arrived in Manila to lead a delegation for tabletop exercises and bilateral talks with their Philippine counterparts aimed at coordinating each other’s operations in the disputed South China Sea, officials said Tuesday. A marching band greeted Maj. Gen. Wang Zhongcai as he disembarked from the Chinese Coast Guard ship with pennant number 5204, which anchored at the Port of Manila on Monday, in what local authorities had described as an unprecedented visit. The Philippine Coast Guard later posted Wang’s pictures on Twitter showing him walking…

‘Talking to China the only solution,’ PH official says as Chinese Coast Guard docks in Manila

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 14) — Officials of the Philippine Coast Guard on Tuesday welcomed Chinese counterparts on a week-long visit, marked by exploratory talks and exercises. A marching band greeted the Chinese Coast Guard as its Vessel 5204 laid anchor at the Port of Manila, led by Major General Wang Zhongcai. The visit was unprecedented, considering reports that the Chinese Coast Guard would harass Filipino fishermen and intimidate foreign ships in the West Philippine Sea, a portion of the South China Sea claimed and occupied by Manila and…

LOOK: China Coast Guard arrives in Manila for ‘historic’ talks

This China Coast Guard ship will be in Manila until Friday for a goodwill visit. CN’s coast guard vessels are a common sight in the South China Sea, including the waters of its neighbors. The PH Coast Guard says the visit is an opportunity to discuss preventing collisions at sea. pic.twitter.com/LXk08JJN1A — Frances Mangosing (@FMangosingINQ) January 13, 2020 MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine Coast Guard on Tuesday came out in force to welcome the China Coast Guard, as it laid anchor in Manila. CCG director-general Maj. Gen. Wang Zhongcai was…

Manila LGU calls on traders not to raise face mask prices amid Taal ash fall – UNTV News

The Black Nazarene is taken on a procession as Catholic devotees flock around to mark its feast day in Manila, Philippines, 09 January 2020. EPA-EFE/FRANCIS R. MALASIG MANILA, Philippines — This year’s Traslacion of the Black Nazarene moved faster than in previous years, according to authorities. From the starting point at Quirino Grandstand in Luneta, devotees were able to cross and reach Ayala Bridge and Palanca Street for almost five hours only specifically from 4:00am to 7:00am. This year, the Andas was escorted and surrounded by police personnel forming the…

Yellow trio helping China’s case in South China Sea disputes – The Manila Times

RIGOBERTO D. TIGLAO BY the “Yellow Trio,” I mean the three who have been clamorously claiming that China is out to devour our territories in the South China Sea. These three are: 1. President Benigno Aquino 3rd’s foreign secretary Albert del Rosario who pushed for the filing of an arbitration case against China over our disputes with that country in the South China Sea in his attempt to cover up for his loss of Scarborough Shoal because of his bungling in 2012; 2. Former Supreme Court senior associate justice Antonio…

Timely reporting on South China Sea situation urged – The Manila Times

After missing out in his speech and amid Indonesia’s taking of a strong approach against China’s intrusions, the new Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) chief of staff has found a way to cement his commitment to safeguard and maintain the defense of Philippine territories in the South China (West Philippine) Sea. chief Lt. Gen. Felimon Santos Jr.. Photo by Armed Forces of the Philippines According to the military’s unusual release, its chief Lt. Gen. Felimon Santos Jr. has ordered the “continued protection, defense and security of the country against…

Indonesia sets new tone in dealing with China – The Manila Times

AT the very start of the new year and the new decade on Jan. 1, 2020, the government of Indonesia made a declaration that has profound and far-reaching implications for the festering disputes between China and its Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) neighbors over China’s extravagant claims in the South China Sea. Indonesia said on Wednesday it rejected China’s claims over a disputed part of the South China Sea as “having no legal basis.” This came after it lodged a protest two days earlier with Beijing over the presence…

We are welcome in China too, PCG says of Chinese Coast Guard visit to Manila

We are welcome in China too, PCG says of Chinese Coast Guard visit to Manila MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine Coast Guard said it will welcome a Chinese Coast Guard ship when it arrives in Manila out of “diplomatic reciprocity.” A CCG ship is scheduled to arrive in the Philippines on Monday for a five-day goodwill visit. Adm. Joel Garcia, PCG commandant  clarified that the Philippines will not be according “red carpet” treatment to the Chinese vessel. “Hindi po red carpet and treatment natinsa Chinese Coast Guard. Ito pongsa diplomatic (language) po ay…