METRO MANILA – President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday said that if the country can’t stand on its own feet, it might as well choose between becoming a territory of the United States or a province of China The statement comes after Manila has pulled out its Visiting Forces Agreement with the United States. VFA allows Joint training operations of American and Filipino troops in Philippine territory. “ In the Republic


The number of confirmed cases in the new virus outbreak in China reached 5,974 on Wednesday, reaching the number of people infected in the mainland of the SARS epidemic in 2002-2003. on Wednesday, as death increased to 132. There were 5,327 confirmed cases in mainland China during the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome epidemic. Some experts have praised Beijing for being more reactive and open about the new virus compared to

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China’s premier told beleaguered Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam on Monday that after a huge rally earlier this month and the thrashing of her government in recent local elections, she had “unwavering support” from Beijing. Six months of massive pro-democracy demonstrations that have seen violent fights between police and militant protesters, as well as daily traffic disruption, have brought the city to an end. Protesters called for the controversial Lam

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In an interview published Friday, Canberra’s ex-spy master said that China was seeking to “take over” Australia‘s political system with an “insidious” and systemic program of coercion and influence-peddling. Duncan Lewis, who retired at the head of the Australian Security Intelligence Organization (ASIO) in September after five years, said that China could threaten anyone in political office, with the potential impact not known for years to come. Lewis described incidents

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Thursday, Malacañang expressed hopes that in the future, Filipinos will appreciate China. Presidential spokesman Salvador Panelo issued the statement after the results of Wednesday’s third-quarter survey by the Social Weather Stations (SWS) indicated that China remains the least trusted country among Filipinos with a net trust rating of -33. Panelo said the Palace was not shocked by the perception of China by the Filipinos, adding that it was “predictable and

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For Monday’s second consecutive trading day, the Philippine peso appreciated against the US dollar, bolstered by optimism about China-U.S. trade talks. To close at P51.08:$1 from P51.135:$1 Friday, the local currency gained 5.5 centavos. Market economist Guian Angelo Dumalagan, Philippine Land Bank, said the peso-dollar rate was influenced by progress in trade talks between China and the United States. The office of the U.S. Trade Representative said top-level negotiators had

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The Communist Party elite of China kicked off a crucial meeting on Monday in Beijing as the country’s leadership faces pro-democracy demonstrations in Hong Kong, a protracted trade war, and a slowing economy. The Central Committee of the Party’s Fourth Plenum is a closed-door gathering of high-ranking officials that examines the vision of the nation and its future direction. President Xi Jinping delivered a work statement on behalf of the

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The Philippine peso withdrew from the US dollar on Tuesday, after appreciating for four consecutive trading days, on the back of strong demand for the greenback. Local currency lost 7.5 centavos to close at P51.18:$1 versus P51.105:$1. Tuesday’s session was the first time that the peso had closed softer than the US dollar since it rebounded last Wednesday, October 16. Going forward, Mapa said that the market will track trade

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Before local economic data was made available, the Philippines peso bounced up against the US dollar. 12.5 cents of the local currency fell to P51,815:$1 versus P51,94:$1 on Wednesday. The Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) is scheduled to release September inflation data on Friday, October 4, with the central bank forecasting a slowdown to settle between the range of 0.6 to 1.4%. In contrast, the publication of recent economic data in

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Malacañang rejected Wednesday’s call by former top diplomat Albert del Rosario from the Philippines to increase Manila’s legal win over the South China Sea over Beijing as world rulers gather at the 74th session of the General Assembly of the United Nations (UN). Bringing up the 2016 decision that invalidated China’s sweeping claims to the meeting over the resource-rich waters would be “pointless” as the UN has no “enforcement force.”