Palace welcomes ICC withdrawal of communication vs. Xi Jinping

MANILA — Malacañang on Saturday welcomed the International Criminal Court’s (ICC) ruling, which says that it lacked jurisdiction over the two former Philippine officials’ communication filed against Chinese President Xi Jinping and other Chinese officials for alleged crimes against humanity by pursuing Beijing’s sweeping claims to the South China Sea. In a statement, Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said the ICC’s decision complements Malacañang’s earlier stance that the communication filed by former Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario and former Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales against China may not prosper since the filing…

Complaint vs. Xi on WPS falls beyond ICC jurisdiction

Former Department of Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario and former Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales (PNA Photo) MANILA — The International Criminal Court (ICC) on Thursday said it has no jurisdiction on the complaint of former Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario and former Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales alleging that Chinese President Xi Jinping and other Chinese officials have committed crimes against humanity over Beijing’s activities in the South China Sea. In the report, ICC Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda said that “the crimes allegedly committed do not fall within the territorial or…

ICC junks ex-Philippines execs’ complaint vs China’s Xi

ICC junks ex-Philippines execs’ complaint vs China’s Xi Pia Lee-Brago (The Philippine Star) – December 6, 2019 – 12:00am MANILA, Philippines — Citing lack of jurisdiction, the International Criminal Court (ICC) has junked the case filed by two former Philippine government officials against China’s leader.In March, former foreign affairs secretary Albert del Rosario and former ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales filed a complaint against Chinese President Xi Jinping over China’s environmentally destructive activities in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea), particularly its building of artificial islands. Del Rosario and…

ICC says it cannot act on complaint vs China’s Xi over actions in South China Sea

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 5) — The International Criminal Court (ICC) prosecutor said it cannot act on a complaint filed by former Philippine officials against Chinese President Xi Jinping and other Chinese officials over Beijing’s alleged incursions in the South China Sea for lack of jurisdiction. In its report on its preliminary examinations released Thursday, the ICC prosecutor said it cannot act on the complaint because the alleged crimes against humanity committed by Chinese officials happened in the Philippines’ exclusive economic zone (EEZ), which is not part of a…

The man, the myth: How Xi Jinping’s rise from village life explains China’s ambitions

This story is part of a CBC News series exploring China’s expanding influence around the world and how Canada and other countries are contending with China’s power. They come by the busloads to the rugged hills of Shaanxi Province, more than 2,000 political pilgrims a day, to trace the steps of Chinese President Xi Jinping through the dusty yellow soil where the seeds of his cult of personality now grow. In tiny Liangjiahe village, 850 km southwest of Beijing, Communist Party officials obediently line up to hear legends of how…

South China Sea: Xi delivered critical blow as vessel leaves disputed waters | World | News

China and Vietnam have clashed over the presence of an oil survey ship, the Haiyan Dizhi 8, that has been stationed in Vietnamese-controlled waters. The vessel has been stationed there for the last three months but according to maritime shipping data, it has now left. According to shipping data, the vessel was escorted out of the disputed zone by two other Chinese vessels. Since the vessel’s arrival in the waters in July, Vietnam has issued a series of warnings to China and just last week, claimed that it was “determined…

China threat: Xi is creating a perfectly formed new-age totalitarian state warns expert | World | News

Under current President, Xi Jinping, China has begun to increase its use of social surveillance but has also rolled out a new-age form of policing its citizens. Used in the north-west region of Xinjiang, the social credit system aims to collect the data of its public in order to produce a self-governed society. Speaking to Express.co.uk, senior researcher for Human Rights Watch, Maya Wang, has insisted that this is a new “terrifying form of totalitarianism” that is on course for the Communist Party’s goal of becoming the “perfect Orwellian state”.…