Most Pinoys back ICC suit vs Xi Jinping over West PH Sea – SWS

Filipino youth activists brave the waves as they hoist a Philippine flag on the shores of Zambales facing the West Philippine Sea on June 12, 2017, Independence Day, as a symbol of the country’s claim to the disputed territory. Jun Dumaguing, ABS-CBN News MANILA – Most Filipinos believe that the lawsuit filed by former Philippine government officials against Chinese President Xi Jinping in the International Criminal Court (ICC) tells the world that China should leave the West Philippine Sea. The survey, conducted in March 2019, found that 49 percent of…

China eyeing Trump’s late May Japan trip for potential Xi summit

As the U.S. and China work through the final stages of trade negotiations, Chinese officials are identifying international travel dates on President Donald Trump’s calendar that might offer potential for a summit off of U.S. soil, according to three sources briefed on negotiations. One trip in particular that’s risen to the top of the list: Trump’s expected visit to Japan at the end of May, putting him in the Asia-Pacific region around the time negotiations are expected to conclude. Neither the White House nor the Embassy of Japan would confirm…

Locsin on case vs Xi: Don’t dilute concept of rights

The International Criminal Court in he Hague, the Netherlands (Photo from the ICC website) MANILA, Philippines — “Do not dilute the concept of human rights cause when you do that, you discredit it, you make it look like nothing,” Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. said as he countered the case filed by former Philippine government officials against Chinese President Xi Jinping and two others before the International Criminal Court (ICC). “As a matter of principle, I do not like to dilute what human rights mean,” Locsin said in an…

China’s assertive maritime policy is older than Xi

Author: Andrew Chubb, Columbia-Harvard China and the World Program The toughening of China’s policies in the South and East China Seas is widely regarded as a defining characteristic of Xi Jinping’s foreign policy. But while it is true that the PRC has become more assertive in its maritime disputes under Xi, China had already been on such a trajectory since 2006. Many changes in China’s maritime dispute behaviour under Xi may be better understood as continuities. States’ maritime dispute policies comprise three levels of actions: publicly declared policies (declarative), unilateral…

Trump owes his ‘friend’ Xi a tough-love message

President Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpColbert mocks Trump for ‘oranges’ gaffe Dem wins Trump district in swing-state Pennsylvania Trump says health care plan will be first vote after 2020 election MORE needs to give Xi Jinping a tough-love message when they next meet at Mar-a-Lago, or perhaps in a quasi-affectionate letter such as the ones he exchanges with Kim Jong Un. He would address him as President Xi, rather than using one of his Communist Party titles, because Chinese leaders seem to prefer the Western usage. It carries an aura associated…

Chinese envoy slams ICC communication vs Xi

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 1) — China’s Ambassador to the Philippines on Monday criticized the communication sent by former Philippine officials to the International Criminal Court (ICC) against him, Chinese President Xi Jinping and the Chinese Foreign Minister. “We think it is a kind of political action viciously targeting the Chinese leadership. So we don’t think it’s a proper action that is based on facts. It’s a fabrication and also the misuse of the mandate of the ICC,” Chinese Ambassador Zhao Jianhua told reporters in Malacañang. READ: Morales, Del Rosario deny politics…