Philippines” Duterte to visit Beijing amid China sea tensions

Manila, Aug 20 President Rodrigo Duterte will visit Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping next week to raise their conflicting claims to the South China Sea, as the Filipino leader faces pressure at home to confront Beijing. While Duterte has embraced China and had largely set aside a once-tense standoff over the resource-rich waterway, a series of confrontations have stoked domestic discontent. Duterte heads to China on August 28 and is due to return to the Philippines on September 2, his spokesman, Salvador Panelo, told journalists on Tuesday. Beijing claims most of…

Philippines’ Duterte to visit Beijing amid China sea tensions | World

Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte (left) will meet Chinese President Xi Jinping next week. — Reuters pic MANILA, Aug 20 — President Rodrigo Duterte will visit Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping next week to raise their conflicting claims to the South China Sea, as the Filipino leader faces pressure at home to confront Beijing. While Duterte has embraced China and had largely set aside a once-tense standoff over the resource-rich waterway, a series of confrontations have stoked domestic discontent.  Duterte heads to China on August 28 and is due to return to…

Philippines to File another Diplomatic Protest against China

Luis Liwanag and Jeoffrey MaitemManila and Cotabato, Philippines2019-08-19 The Philippines’ foreign secretary on Monday ordered the filing of another diplomatic protest against China over the unauthorized passage of Chinese warships into the country’s territorial waters on two occasions since July. The diplomatic protest is the fourth this year against China, a political ally of President Rodrigo Duterte who had earlier taken pains not to antagonize the Asian maritime powerhouse. Duterte is preparing to make his visit to China this month to discuss the overlapping claims in the South China Sea,…

Philippines Strengthens Claim On This South China Sea Island l Star2.com

The Philippines is aiming to strengthen its claims in the South China Sea by potentially building hotels for tourists on its biggest island in the disputed waterway, officials said. Manila has administrative control over Thitu – the second-largest naturally occurring landmass in the Spratly archipelago – and wants to bolster its sovereignty by adding new infrastructure. In doing so it will be following in the footsteps of China, which also stakes ownership claims to the Spratlys – along with Brunei, Malaysia, Taiwan and Vietnam – and has even built artificial…

South China Sea: Philippines issues warning over presence of five Chinese warships | World | News

Tensions between the two countries have risen lately with Philippine President, Rodrigo Duterte confirming that he will confront Beijing over its territorial dominance next month. In an added escalation to the tensions between the two states, the Philippine Government has expressed concern over the passage of Chinese warships. The military has spoken of five Chinese warships that were seen passing through a strait in the southern Philippines. Presidential spokesman, Salvador Panelo said: “We express concern with that kind of incident because they China keep on saying that we’re friends. “I…

Philippines Morning News For August 16, 2019

Philippines firm in South China Sea arbitral victory vs ChinaThe Philippines remains firm in its victory against China’s sweeping claims in the South China Sea and would push for talks to settle the maritime dispute, a Malacañang official said Thursday.— ABS-CBN News Gov’t urged to turn to PPP for infra program as absorptive capacity issue remainsWith the Duterte administration’s “Build, Build, Build” program seen at risk of failing to meet its goals as major infrastructure agencies continue to underspend their budgets, an economist urged the government to turn to the…

Philippines Pushing Back Against Chinese Militia South China Sea Presence

Chinese maritime militia vessel in 2009. US Navy Photo MANILA – The Philippines have begun to push back against the strong and sustained presence of Beijing’s paramilitary ships in the South China Sea, calling the deployment of Chinese militia ships in huge numbers a threat. Manila filed two diplomatic protests last month against the swarming presence of militia vessels in waters surrounding Pagasa Island (Thitu Island), its biggest occupied island in the South China Sea in the Spratly Island chain.The diplomatic notes also covered the undeclared passage of four Chinese warships within…

Philippines firm in South China Sea arbitral victory vs China

MANILA – The Philippines remains firm in its victory against China’s sweeping claims in the South China Sea and would push for talks to settle the maritime dispute, a Malacañang official said Thursday. Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said Manila would not be swayed from raising its arbitral victory even as Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines Zhao Jianhua said Beijing’s rejection of the ruling would remain. “Neither are we changing our position too. But it doesn’t mean that as friends, we cannot discuss that issue,” Panelo told reporters. “It has to…

Philippines Morning News For August 15, 2019

US group sees expansion of PH drug war killings to crackdown on LeftAttacks on civilians in the Philippines now included the killing of members and leaders of protest groups branded as communists, aggravating the violence arising from the government’s bloody campaign against drugs and increasing risks of a free fall to authoritarian rule, according to a United States-based conflict research and analysis group.— Inquirer.net Philippines hardest hit as dengue cuts a deadly path through AseanThe Philippines remains the hardest hit of Asean member states reporting outbreaks of the debilitating and…

Philippines Morning News For August 14, 2019

Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte seen by public as ‘selling out’ to China, deputy saysPhilippine Vice President Leni Robredo said citizens were worried Rodrigo Duterte was “selling out” to Beijing and called on the president to take a stronger stand to protect the country’s sovereignty in the disputed South China Sea.— Gulf News FDI inflows plunge to 3-year low in MayNet inflows of foreign direct investments (FDI) plunged 85 percent in May, hitting its lowest level in more than three years, amid external headwinds wherein emerging markets remain affected by the…