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 ...

Jul 19, 2015

Philippines cheers growing outcry over South China Sea

The Philippines on Sunday hailed what it termed growing international support for its efforts to counter China’s claims to most of the South China Sea. The comments from a presidential spokesman came as the U.S. Pacific Fleet released photographs of its commander in a ...

Jul 18, 2015

2009 Philippine massacre suspect Ampatuan dies

The patriarch of a warlord clan who is on trial for the Philippines’ worst political massacre has died, his lawyer said Saturday, days after he slipped into a coma. Andal Ampatuan Sr. and seven other members of the powerful Ampatuan clan are among 100 ...

Jul 14, 2015

Google removes Chinese name on map after Philippine furor

Google has quietly removed the Chinese name for a South China Sea shoal bitterly disputed by Beijing and Manila from its maps service, following an outcry from Filipinos. The Google Maps website on Tuesday referred to the rich fishing ground — a subject of ...

Jul 11, 2015

'Poison' sweets make hundreds of kids ill in Philippines

Hundreds of schoolchildren in the southern Philippines have fallen sick after eating durian-flavored sweets, the provincial governor said Saturday. Up to 1,350 elementary and high school students were treated in hospitals in nine towns overnight after they complained of stomach cramps, diarrhoea, vomiting and ...