DFA chief thumbs down proposed PCG attaché in Beijing

MANILA, Aug 26 (Mabuhay) — Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. has rejected the reported proposal to place an attaché for the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) in Beijing, saying it would equate to Manila conceding its rights in the West Philippine Sea. Locsin said...

PHL cheers growing outcry over South China Sea

Manila, Philippines – The Philippines on Sunday hailed  what it termed growing international support for its efforts to counter China’s claims to most of the South China Sea. The comments from a presidential spokesman came as the US Pacific Fleet released photographs of its...

Door for one-on-one talks with PHL open ‘forever,’ Chinese envoy says

MANILA (Mabuhay) — A day before a United Nations tribunal hears the Philippines’ case against China, Beijing’s ambassador again asked Manila on Monday to consider direct negotiations to resolve their long-running territorial row over the South China Sea. Chinese Ambassador...

PHL Japan lash out at China island building

By Natsuko Fukue Tokyo, Japan (AFP)  – Japan and the Philippines lashed out Thursday at Chinese land reclamation in the South China Sea, where Beijing is building infrastructure some suspect will be used by its military. In a joint statement after their summit, Japanese Prime...

Aquino: PHL to defy China’s claim on airspace over disputed territories

MANILA (Mabuhay) — President Benigno Aquino III on Monday said the Philippines will defy China’s claim on the airspace over disputed territories in the South China Sea. “We will still fly to routes that we fly based on international law,” Aquino told...

China defends land reclamation on disputed islands

By Benjamin Haas Beijing, China, AFP, Thursday 4/9/2015 – Beijing reaffirmed its right to build on disputed islands in the South China Sea on Thursday after satellite imagery emerged of construction operations turning tropical reefs into concrete artificial islands. The newly...

PHL hits back at Beijing over South China Sea

Manila, Philippines, AFP – The Philippines on Saturday shot back at Beijing’s criticism of its activities in the South China Sea, saying they were “in no way comparable to China’s massive reclamation activities” in the waters. It also said accusations that Manila was bei...

PHL slams China island building as Beijing hits back

Manila, Philippines | AFP | – The Philippines’ foreign minister on Thursday slammed China’s attempts to build islands in the disputed South China Sea, prompting Beijing to accuse Manila of making “trouble out of nothing”. Albert del Rosario repeated a warning that Beijing was...

China condemns PHL over disputed sea arbitration

Beijing, China | AFP | – China on Sunday slammed the Philippines for challenging its territorial claims over the South China Sea through international arbitration, refusing to back down just a week before a deadline to respond in the case. The Philippines infuriated China in...

PHL refuses China demand

Convicted Chinese fishermen to remain in jail MANILA (AFP) – Senior Philippine officials on Thursday insisted the government will not release nine Chinese fishermen who were convicted of poaching in disputed waters, defying pressure from Beijing. President Benigno Aquino’s...