Beijing says ties with Manila can flourish despite sea feud

Jul 22, 2015

Beijing says ties with Manila can flourish despite sea feud

The Chinese ambassador in Manila said Wednesday that trade between China and the Philippines grew last year despite their protracted territorial conflicts, providing hope their relations could flourish even as tensions remain. Ambassador Zhao Jianhua also played down reports that Chinese President Xi Jinping ...

Philippines hikes defense budget 25% amid China tensions

Jul 21, 2015

Philippines hikes defense budget 25% amid China tensions

The Philippines is planning a 25 percent hike in its defense budget next year, mainly to bolster its claims in the disputed South China Sea, officials said Tuesday. The proposed 2016 national budget, which President Benigno Aquino is to present to parliament for approval ...