WASHINGTON – Trump’s administration has gone ahead with a surveillance drone sale to 4 US allies in the South China Sea region as acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan stated Washington will no longer “tiptoe” around Chinese behavior in Asia. Shanahan did not directly name China when making accusations of “actors” destabilizing the region in a speech at the annual Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore on Saturday but went on to say

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Philippine Stock Exchange Index (PSEi) grew on Wednesday as investors set aside wider implications of a protracted trade war between the United States and China and instead focused on President Duterte’s working visit to Japan. The PSEi by the closing raked up 0.47 percent, or 36.46 points, to 7,797.75, bucking weak sentiments across the region. The broader all-shares index was also up 0.31 percent, or 14.74 points, to 4,804.79. President

Fitch Ratings : Samsung may gain from Huawei's plight in trade war

According to Fitch Ratings, the Samsung Electronics Co Ltd has a high chance to strengthen its position in the smartphone market due to the letdown spurred to Huawei Technologies Co Ltd in the wake of US-China trade tensions, Tech companies which includes Google and SoftBank Group-owned stated ceasing supplies and updates over to Huawei. The ratings company said in a statement. The loss of access to may hurt the smartphone sales of


The Department of Information and Communications Technology assured the public on Thursday that Huawei’s banning in the US will have “little impact” on the Philippines, where local carriers guaranteed to diversify their hardware sources. DICT added that Manila also has tools to protect its telecommunications infrastructure. As Globe and PLDT conglomerates both use Huawei in their networks and have tapped the Shenzhen-based tech giant for their 5G rollouts. The DICT


Philippines’ top Telcos, Globe Telecom and PLDT Inc on Monday stated Huawei devices on their networks would be unperturbed by US companies’ move to cut off supply ties with the Chinese giant. Google suspended hardware and software supplies to Huawei in compliance with an order from Washington, stated Android services on existing Huawei devices would “keep functioning.” “We wish to assure our customers that the current situation at Huawei will


Supreme Court issued a writ of kalikasan on Friday in response to a petition seeking protection of the marine environment in the disputed West Philippine Sea. In a ruling, the high court settled the plea filed by the Integrated Bar of the Philippines and fishermen from Palawan and Zambales, both on the coast of the resource-rich sea, seeking the writ to compel government to protect and preserve the Philippines’ exclusive

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Under President Rodrigo Duterte, via an independent Philippine foreign policy led, “to a new height of diplomatic relations”. As Malacañang stated on Sunday as the Chief Executive returned from a three-day trip to China. Palace spokesman Salvador Panelo stated Duterte’s presence at the 2nd Belt and Road Forum provided the country an opportunity to work towards a shared goal of inclusive, equitable and sustainable growth and prosperity. “Our countrymen are

President Duterte and Chinese President Xi Jinping

Philippine Ambassador to China Jose Santiago Sta. Romana told in an interview on Friday, that after the latest bilateral meeting between President Duterte and Chinese President Xi Jinping, “there was enough indication that the situation will be addressed and the concerns of the Philippines will be addressed.” As China has sustained to downplay the 2016 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (Unclos) ruling favoring the Philippines’ territorial

President Rodrigo Duterte and Chinese President Xi Jinping

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte and Chinese President Xi Jinping discussed the presence of Chinese ships near Pag-asa Island and came to an agreement to resolve the issue through bilateral talks. Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo on Thursday said “Both agree that the situation can be managed by the mechanism of bilateral negotiations.” Duterte who raised “the issue of the West Philippine Sea, particularly the situation in Pag-asa Island,” cited Panelo. Discussions


After President Rodrigo Duterte met with Chinese President Xi Jinping, the two formal agreements were signed and agreed to further enhance the bilateral relations at the Great Hall of the People. Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo in a statement noted the Philippines and China would come up with a project list that will serve as the focus of cooperation between the National Economic and Development Authority and the National Development and