PHL rejects Chinese envoy’s fresh offer for bilateral talks to settle sea row

MANILA (Mabuhay) — The Philippine government on Tuesday rejected the Chinese ambassador’s fresh offer to hold bilateral talks to settle the territorial dispute between the two countries over resource-rich parts of the South China Sea. At a press briefing, Communications...

ASEAN warns sea reclamation ‘may undermine peace’

by M JEGATHESAN Langkawi, Malaysia (AFP)  – Reclamation work in the disputed South China Sea, where China has constructed an airstrip and other structures on coral reefs, threaten to “undermine peace, security and stability” in the region, Southeast Asian leaders warned...

Customs officer dismissed over unexplained wealth

MANILA  (Mabuhay) – A Bureau of Customs (BOC) intelligence officer has been dismissed from her duties by the Office of the Ombudsman over unexplained wealth. The BOC said Marissa Rae Rollo Galang, Intelligence Officer II and acting chief of the BOC-Customs Intelligence and...

PM Lee commends Aquino’s recent meeting with China’s President Xi Jinping

SINGAPORE (Mabuhay) – Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong commended President Benigno S. Aquino III on his recent meeting with China’s President Xi Jinping, Presidential Spokesman Edwin Lacierda said Tuesday. Lacierda said President Aquino’s pull-aside meeting with the Chinese leader,...

China cozies up to ASEAN with $20 billion in loans

NAYPYIDAW (AFP) – China on Thursday offered $20 billion in loans and floated the possibility of a “friendship treaty” with Southeast Asian nations, in an apparent bid to defuse regional tensions which spiked this year over contested seas. Attending the East Asia Summit in...

Aquino pushes for legally binding code of conduct for South China Sea

NAY PYI TAW, Myanmar (Mabuhay) – President Benigno S. Aquino III has called on fellow ASEAN leaders to continue negotiations with China on the forging of a legally binding code of conduct in the South China Sea, amid tensions over territorial claims in the region. In his...

President Aquino to attend 24th ASEAN Summit in Myanmar

MANILA (Mabuhay) — President Benigno S. Aquino III is scheduled to attend the 24th ASEAN Summit, to be held in Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar on May 10 to 11. Department of Foreign Affairs Spokesperson Charles Jose said during a press conference on Wednesday that the President will...

DFA welcomes US commitment to defense treaty

MANILA (Mabuhay) – The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) welcomes the strong statements recently made by US officials criticizing China’s aggression in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea). DFA spokesperson Charles Jose said it is in the interest of the US to maintain...

VP Binay: ASEAN should take a ‘solid’ stand on China issue

MANILA (Mabuhay) – Vice President Jejomar C. Binay on Thursday said the Association of Southeast Nations (ASEAN) should take a “solid stand” on the member-nations’ territorial disputes with China. Binay made the observation to Vietnamese Ambassador to the Philippines Truong Trieu...

China carrier’s mission ‘raises tension’

MANILA, November 27, 2013 (AFP) – The Philippines Wednesday criticized China’s dispatch of its first aircraft carrier to the South China Sea, saying it “raises tension” in waters where the two Asian neighbors are locked in a territorial dispute. “Its deployment does not...
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