Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau accused Beijing on Thursday of using “arbitrary detentions” as a instrument to pursue political goals— the recent wide-ranging diplomatic and trade row with China. The canadian president stated that western allies have expressed concerns about the tactic that observers described as “hostage diplomacy.” Following his arrest last December of Chinese Huawei ceo Meng Wanzhou on a US warrant, Canada’s relations with China were softened. Nine

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The Philippines must investigate oil and gas reserves in China, which are thought to be deep under the West Philippine Sea, unless other individuals step up Manila and Beijing signed an agreement on joint oil and gas exploration during President Rodrigo Duterte’s visit to China last week, and another on the push for belt and road infrastructure, Locsin stated during a budget briefing before the appropriations committee of the House

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China’s Hong Kong affairs department condemned what it called “near-terrorist acts” at Hong Kong airport and reiterated support for local authorities to heavily punish those involved in the Chinese-controlled town in the midst of an escalating crisis. In a declaration published on Wednesday, the Hong Kong and Macao Affairs Office also highly condemned assaults by what it said were violent demonstrators against a reporter from China’s Global Times newspaper and


On Thursday, President Rodrigo Duterte said he sees nothing wrong with China’s proposal to share oil resources in the West Philippine Sea as long as Manila receives the larger share. The president is planned to travel to China later this month— the fifth time since he took office in 2016—to discuss maritime problems with president Xi Jinping. Duterte said he planned to follow the sharing agreement as he brought Manila’s


Former Secretary of Foreign Affairs Albert del Rosario said Friday the Philippine government should consider bringing its naval conflict against China to the General Assembly of the United Nations. Del Rosario said the Philippine government should seek assistance to force China to stick to its arbitral victory in the disputed waters. In 2016, the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) in The Hague upheld Manila’s sovereign rights to its 200-nautical-mile exclusive


Foreign Secretary Teodoro “Teddy Boy” Locsin Jr. said Wednesday that the Philippines has already lodged a diplomatic protest against China’s latest “swarming” activity in the disputed waters. Earlier in the day, National Security Advisor Hermogenes Esperon said it was the inter-agency task force of the country that made the suggestion to lodge the protest.The safety advisor said intelligence is looking into the activity, stating the “swarming” activity could be a


China is building its self-defense army and “will not take the first shot” as it seeks to resolve conflicts with fellow claimants in the South Beijing will “never seek hegemony or never create spheres of influence,” no matter how powerful it becomes, Chinese Ambassador Zhao Jianhua said during a lunch reception for the People’s Liberation Army’s 92nd anniversary. China has constructed artificial islands over controversial reefs and outcrops in resource-rich


Vietnam called for the instant withdrawal of a Chinese ship in the South China Sea as the standoff on the disputed waters worsened. Last week, Beijing released a fresh call for Hanoi to respect its resource-rich region claims— historically challenged by Vietnam as well as Taiwan, the Philippines, Malaysia and Brunei. Hanoi reacted by stating it had sent several emails to Beijing demanding that a Chinese survey ship vacate its


The Asean+3 Macroeconomic and Research Office (Amro) has reduced its growth predictions for the Philippines in 2019 and 2020 to 6.3% and 6.5% respectively. This was included in the update published in Amro’s Asean+3 Regional Economic Outlook July. Amro expected a 6.4% development for the Philippines for 2019 and 6.6% for 2020 in its prior study. Amro ascribed the slower growth forecasts to the unanticipated slowdown in development in the

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China does not have the West Philippine Sea (WPS), said Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio. In a statement to President Rodrigo Duterte’s fourth State of the Nation Address Monday, the senior judge said China had seven characteristics in the Spratlys plus Scarborough Shoal. He added that China also confiscated Sandy Cay from the Philippines during the Duterte administration. But even when taken together, the region of these geological