South China Sea fury: Philippines want controversial film backing China claims to be cut | World | News

The U-shaped line is a signifier on Chinese maps which indicates Beijing’s claim for water ownership in the South China Sea, where numerous Asian countries are at odds over the exploration of natural resources. It is a claim that Chinese President Xi Jinping has aggressively tried to assert upon neighbours in the region, sparking opposition from countries such as Vietnam and the Philippines, as well as the US and Australia. The foreign minister of the Philippines called on Wednesday for a cut to a scene in DreamWorks’ animated film “Abominable”…

South China Sea: Philippines risk conflict with China over Russian oil invite | World | News

President Rodrigo Duterte recently travelled to Russia where he met with senior Russian officials. Following the visit, Finance Secretary Carlos G. Dominguez III announced that Moscow was very interested in agreeing on an energy partnership in a huge blow to China’s dominance in the region. Mr Dominguez said: “You have to remember that we don’t have a big relationship with Russia, and I think that the trip of the President opened the avenues for increased contact with Russians.” When asked what ventures Russia was interested in, the Finance Secretary said:…

Philippines’ top diplomat apologises to China for Mao Zedong tweets – SE Asia

The Philippines’ top diplomat apologized on Sunday for Twitter posts on Mao Zedong, the founding father of the People’s Republic of China, including referring to the revolutionary leader as “burnt rice.” In a tweet two weeks ago, Philippine Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin called the Chinese revolutionary Mao Che “Tutung,” which means burnt rice in the Filipino language. In a separate tweet on Oct. 11 while reacting to a challenge by left-leaning groups for leaders to use public transport, Locsin said the point of communism is “to take power and unleash…

Philippines’ top diplomat apologises to China for Mao Zedong tweets, East Asia News & Top Stories

MANILA (BLOOMBERG) – The Philippines’ top diplomat apologised on Sunday (Oct 13) for Twitter posts on Mao Zedong, the founding father of the People’s Republic of China, including referring to the revolutionary leader as “burnt rice”. In a tweet two weeks ago, Philippine Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin called the Chinese revolutionary Mao Che “Tutung,” which means burnt rice in the Filipino language. In a separate tweet on Oct 11 while reacting to a challenge by left-leaning groups for leaders to use public transport, Mr Locsin said the point of communism…

Philippines Morning News For October 11, 2019

Cantilan Bank adopts cloud technology to expand banking access (video) Financial technology (FinTech) has the potential to bring millions of people into the formal financial system. In Mindanao, Cantilan Bank has become the first Philippines financial institution to move its core banking system into the cloud, providing its clients with improved access to a wider range of financial services.— AEC News Today WB: PHL likely to miss growth targetsTHE WORLD BANK has slashed its gross domestic product (GDP) growth forecasts for the Philippines this year up to 2021 to below…

Amphibious Ops, Air Defense Key in Philippines Exercise With U.S., Japanese Forces

Marine Lance Cpl. David Lancheros shares his knowledge about the engagement process of a FIM-92 stinger missile with Philippine Airman 2nd class Sherwin Faoeranga during a subject matter expert exchange as part of exercise KAMANDAG 3 at Colonel Ernesto P. Ravina Air Base, Philippines on Oct. 9, 2019. US Marine Corps Photo U.S. Marines are sharpening their amphibious skills right alongside amphibious assault vehicle crews of Philippine Marines and Japanese sea soldiers in a series of exercises that aim to tighten cooperation between the three nations. The Philippine-led exercise, known…

Philippines Morning News For October 10, 2019

What crisis?THE people in Malacañang, the Palace of the People, don’t con­sider it a “transportation crisis” that fewer LRT trains are running and passengers find themselves squeez­ing into buses and jeepneys like sar­dines with legs, or that MRT trains bog down as a matter of habit.— Tempo 7 cadets, 5 PMA personnel chargedSeven cadets and five officers of the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) have been charged with murder and violation of the anti-hazing law in connection with the death of Cadet 4th Class Darwin Dormitorio.— Manila Times Sotto, Gordon: Ex-police…

Philippines Morning News For October 9, 2019

PH slips in global competitiveness ranking, drops to 6th spot in ASEANThe Philippines fell eight notches to 64th from 56th last year out of 141 countries in the global competitiveness ranking pulled down by lower ICT (information/communications technology) adoption and macroeconomic stability, according to the 2019 Global Competitiveness Report of the World Economic Forum.— Manila Bulletin Duterte Reportedly Invited Rosneft to Conduct Oil Exploration in South China SeaPhilippine President Rodrigo Duterte reportedly invited Russian oil giant Rosneft to conduct oil exploration operations in the South China Sea during a visit…

China ignores Duterte’s drug war as Philippines softens stand on South China Sea — report

China ignores Duterte’s drug war as Philippines softens stand on South China Sea — report MANILA, Philippines — China ignored President Rodrigo Duterte’s bloody war on drugs while the Philippines has scaled down its opposition against Beijing’s activities in the disputed South China Sea, a London-based think tank reported. The Economist Intelligence Unit, sister company of The Economist newspaper, noted that foreign countries opposing the Philippines’ drug war only have limited leverage over Duterte. While former President Benigno Aquino III took a strong position against China’s expansive claims in…