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Beijing evicts Chinese domestic migrants in droves, prompting outcry

BEIJING --- Zhou Xinci left her hometown in China's struggling rust belt four years ago for Beijing with little more than the clothes on her back and a dream to one day save enough money to buy a home. That dream is now fast unraveling as Zhou, 35, watches as her neighbors -- other low-income Chinese migrants like her -- are being hurriedly evicted from their homes on the outskirts of the capital by the government. Authorities in Beijing have launched sweeping evictions of workers who have migrated from elsewhere in the country, triggering a public outcry over the treatment of people the city depends on to build skyscrapers, care for children and take on other lowly paid work. ...Keep on reading: Beijing evicts Chinese domestic migrants in droves, prompting outcry.....»»

Category: newsSource: inquirer inquirerNov 28th, 2017

Stealth crackdown: Chinese censorship extends to Twitter

BEIJING, China--- Despite being blocked in China, Twitter and other overseas social media sites have long been used freely by activists and government critics to address subjects that are censored on domestic forums -- until now. As Beijing presses a campaign to throttle any remaining voices that stray from the Communist Party narrative, it is extending its reach to foreign sites outside of its "Great Firewall" of internet censorship. People in China can use virtual private network (VPN) software to circumvent Beijing's controls and access blocked foreign sites. But fearful that the platforms could be used to coordinate political activity, the authorities have launched a ste...Keep on reading: Stealth crackdown: Chinese censorship extends to Twitter.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsNov 18th, 2018

Experts upbeat about Chinese economy

BEIJING — Amid complicated international landscape and new changes in China’s domestic economy, experts around the world believe that the Chinese government has sufficient policy tools to tap its inherent dynamism so as to secure robust and resilient economic growth. These remarks came following the Chinese government’s recent proposal of a target to “stabilize the […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsOct 14th, 2018

China tells Pompeo US must stop ‘misguided actions’

BEIJING: China’s chief diplomat told his US counterpart that Washington must stop its “misguided actions” in a tense exchange on Monday, days after a blistering US denunciation of the Asian power’s global and domestic policies. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi highlighted the schism after the chief US diplomat arrived [...] The post China tells Pompeo US must stop ‘misguided actions’ appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimesRelated NewsOct 8th, 2018

Chinese deputy governors, mayor fired over vaccine scandal

BEIJING --- Two deputy Chinese provincial governors and a mayor were fired Thursday by the ruling Communist Party after revelations of misconduct by a major producer of anti-rabies vaccine triggered a public outcry. The firings were announced following a meeting of the party's ruling Standing Committee led by President Xi Jinping. The government is scrambling to defuse public outrage that has been fueled by revelations regulators found possible misconduct last year but failed to take action. The revelation in July that Changchun Changsheng Life Sciences Ltd. falsified vaccine production records added to a string of politically damaging scandals over deaths and injuries due to f...Keep on reading: Chinese deputy governors, mayor fired over vaccine scandal.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsAug 16th, 2018

Cherry picking: China looks to replace US farm goods in trade war

American cherries are tantalizingly sweet. They are so loaded with sugar and low on water that China’s home-grown cherries cannot compete on taste or texture. But this alone may not be enough, said Zhao Xiaoyu, a Beijing fruit merchant, who believes Chinese consumers will be biting into domestic cherries and lower quality fruit from elsewhere […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsJul 4th, 2018

Cherry picking: China looks to replace US farm goods in trade war

American cherries are tantalizingly sweet. They are so loaded with sugar and low on water that China’s home-grown cherries cannot compete on taste or texture. But this alone may not be enough, said Zhao Xiaoyu, a Beijing fruit merchant, who believes Chinese consumers will be biting into domestic cherries and lower quality fruit from elsewhere… link: Cherry picking: China looks to replace US farm goods in trade war.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsJul 4th, 2018

China hits back as US trade tensions threaten economy

BEIJING: Tit-for-tat tariffs on products worth tens of billions have left the US and China teetering on the brink of an all-out trade war, one Beijing can ill-afford with headwinds mounting for its economy. US President Donald Trump announced tariffs Friday on Chinese imports valued at $34 billion—with another $16 billion under consideration—prompting an immediate [...] The post China hits back as US trade tensions threaten economy appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsJun 16th, 2018

Palace: Phl not taking soft stance on China

The Palace denied it is going soft on China amid reports of a resumption of build-up over disputed portions of the South China Sea (SCS) that foreign ministers of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) have criticized. Presidential spokesman Harry Roque said the Philippines shares Asean leaders’ concern regarding China’s aggressive actions on what is said to be the world’s busiest waterways.The recently concluded Asean foreign and defense ministers in Singapore issued a statement that did not name China but said that “land reclamations and activities in the area . . . have eroded trust and confidence, increased tensions and may undermine peace, security and stability in the region.” The Asean ministers resolved to expedite the code of conduct (CoC) on how to negotiate with China regarding overlapping maritime claims.“Asean’s concern on the Chinese build-up is right because Asean, as a regional bloc, wants to adhere to discussions pertaining to the code of conduct,” Roque said.“We cannot be not joining the call because the Philippines is one of those concerned in this campaign,” he added.Roque also disputed views that Manila is not among those insistent in pressing Beijing to speed up the CoC drafting. “We are not being too soft (on China) but we have an established policy on that. Number one, of course, is we are one with Asean in recognizing that this is a concern for all Asean countries. Particularly that of the freedom of navigation in the West Philippine Sea,” Roque said.“Our common concern is peace security and stability in one of the world’s busiest sea lanes,” he added.During Manila’s hosting of the Asean last year, President Duterte did not cite the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) ruling that nullified Beijing’s sweeping claim over nearly the entire South China Sea.It was the Philippine government that contested China’s nine-dash-line claim before the Hague court. China, however, refuses to recognize it.Apart from the Philippines, other Asean countries also have overlapping claims at the South China Sea including Vietnam, Malaysia and Brunei.Reclamation to continueChina in its known mouthpiece Global Times said Beijing is concentrating on civil and not military construction on islands in the South China Sea but insisted that the Chinese “will expand land reclamation.”“Most of the construction on islands in the South China Sea were completed in 2015 and the pace then slowed. Civilian facility construction is the major focus of the South China Sea islands building and the portion of defense deployment is relatively small,” Global Times quoted Chen Xiangmiao, a research fellow at the National Institute for the South China Sea.The size of some South China Sea islands will be further expanded in future through more dredging in the South China Sea region, Chen said.The relationship between China and other Southeast Asian countries, such as the Philippines, has becalmed in recent years, providing a golden opportunity for China to upgrade these areas, he said.China and the Philippines are enjoying good terms as President Rodrigo Duterte maintains a friendly policy toward China, Chen said. “But there is still some domestic pressure that urges Duterte to take a tough stance on China and the South China Sea issue,” Chen said.Foreign media like to hype China’s construction in the South China Sea as they try to make excuses to prevent China’s activities in this region, Zhuang Guotu, head of Xiamen University’s Southeast Asian Studies Center, told the Global Times.“China has the right to build whatever it needs within its territory,” Zhuang said.China’s military deployment in the South China Sea region was “not for military expansion,” but to defend its security and interests, he said.Zhuang and Chen warned the US is the biggest threat to stability in the South China Sea.“The US, Australia, Japan and other allies will constantly provoke China over this issue and that will incite other neighboring South China Sea countries to do the same,” Zhuang said.China’s construction projects in the region covered about 290,000 square meters in 2017, including new facilities for underground storage, administrative buildings and large radar, according to a report released in December on the nanhai.haiwainet.cn website run by the National Marine Data and Information Service and People’s Daily Overseas edition. No foreign vessels at BenhamThe Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) has not monitored any foreign vessels at the Philippine Rise, formerly known as Benham Rise, during its latest patrol in the area. Lt. Col. Isagani Nato, AFP-Northern Luzon Command (Nolcom) spokesman, said that based on the latest patrol conducted by Nolcom troops, there was no presence of foreign ships at Philippine Rise.“As of now, we don’t have a report that there is presence (of foreign vessels) in Benham Rise,” said Nato.Earlier, Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol announced that President Duterte has banned foreign ships at the Philippine Rise and ordered the military to patrol the area.The announcement came following an uproar from government critics after the Duterte administration allowed the Chinese to conduct scientific research at the Philippine Rise.Nato, however, said that Nolcom is yet to receive official order regarding the matter.But Nato maintained that with or without the latest directive, Nolcom has regularly conducted air and maritime patrols along Philippine Rise.Apart from Nolcom, the Air Force and the Philippine Navy, Nato said that the Philippine Coast Guard, the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) and the Philippine National Police-Maritime Group (PNP-MG) also conduct their own patrol in the area.He said the Nolcom uses air and naval assets of the Navy and the Air Force units under its jurisdiction.“We conduct our patrols regularly. It is a mandate of Nolcom forces so that is continuous with or without the directive from higher ups,” said Nato.According to Nato, Nolcom conducts three to four maritime and air patrol at Philippine Rise per month as part of the government efforts to secure the country’s maritime domain.ML ruling lauded, hitThe Supreme Court’s (SC) decision to uphold Mr. Duterte’s year-long martial law extension in Mindanao also drew mixed reactions.The High Court on Tuesday voted 10-5 junking militant groups’ petition and finding “sufficient factual basis” to extend martial law and suspend the privilege of wirt of habeas corpus in Mindanao until December 31, 2018.Roque welcomed the ruling saying that it affirms the need to continue protecting citizens from the threat of terrorist groups, primarily Islamic State (IS)-inspired fanatics.But for Left-leaning groups who petitioned the SC to lift martial law, the court decision opens up more crackdowns and human rights violations.The Palace official has insisted that human rights will be respected amid security operations.“The SC ruling underscores the unity of the whole government in its bid to defeat terrorism and prevent the spread in other parts of the country of DIWW and other like-minded local and foreign terrorist groups,” Roque said.“The majority of votes is a manifestation of confidence on law enforcement agencies that they shall, like they had been doing before, continue to protect our people, secure Mindanao, and pursue the bigger task of rehabilitation while upholding the rule of law, Human Rights, and International Humanitarian Law,” he added.Human rights watchdog Karapatan sees the contrary in the government’s motives, saying that the year-long military rule will boost attacks on the people.The continuous implementation of martial law in Mindanao will allow the unhampered massive rehabilitation in war-torn Marawi City and boost the security forces campaign to finish off the rebellion, the Department of National Defense (DND) said. In a statement, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said that the Supreme Court’s decision affirming the constitutionality of the one-year extension of martial law in Mindanao will definitely boost government efforts to rebuild Marawi City and address continuing rebellion.The defense chief welcomed the SC decision as a vote of confidence to the government security forces.“The DND – AFP is grateful for the trust and confidence of our public institutions and the support of the Filipino people,” said Lorenzana. Mario J. Mallari.....»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsJun 7th, 2018

China needs to arm South China Sea islands — general

BEIJING, China --- China needs to build defensive structures on islands in the South China Sea to display its claim to sovereignty over virtually the entire crucial waterway, a leading Chinese general said Thursday. However, the vice president of China's Academy of Military Sciences, Lt. Gen. He Lei, declined to comment on aircraft deployments on artificial islands Chinese has built in the area, saying those were entirely China's domestic affair. "I don't think any country would want to make irresponsible comments about such matters," He said in a rare meeting with Chinese and foreign journalists on the sidelines of the annual session of China's ceremonial legislature, of which he ...Keep on reading: China needs to arm South China Sea islands — general.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMar 11th, 2018

Specter of one-man rule looms as China lifts Xi’s term limit

BEIJING, China --- For some Chinese, their feelings about plans to lift term limits to allow President Xi Jinping to rule indefinitely can be represented best by a cuddly stuffed bear. Social media users shared images of Winnie the Pooh hugging a jar of honey along with the quote, "Find the thing you love and stick with it." The Disney bear's image has often been compared to Xi, prompting periodic blocks on the use of Pooh pictures online. Other online commenters wrote, "Attention, the vehicle is reversing" --- an automated announcement used by Chinese delivery vehicles --- suggesting that China is returning to the era of former dictator Mao Zedong or even imperial rule. ...Keep on reading: Specter of one-man rule looms as China lifts Xi’s term limit.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsFeb 27th, 2018

Another deadly blaze strikes Beijing, killing 5

BEIJING --- Five people have died in an east Beijing fire, underscoring the challenges for the Chinese capital as it struggles to balance building safety with providing housing for its poor. Local media reported that the residents died before dawn Wednesday after electric bike batteries plugged into a home-rigged charging system caught fire and belched noxious fumes into a three-story apartment building. The accident came a month after an inferno killed 19 in south Beijing, prompting a controversial safety campaign that included the sudden eviction of thousands of migrant workers from unregulated slums. The evictions, which Beijing officials argue are a precautionary measure, h...Keep on reading: Another deadly blaze strikes Beijing, killing 5.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsDec 13th, 2017

China cuts import tariffs on some consumer goods

BEIJING---China announced tariff cuts on Friday on consumer goods including avocados, mineral water and baby carriages in a new effort to spur economic growth driven by domestic consumption and reduce reliance on trade and investment.   Beijing faces pressure from the United States, Europe and other trading partners for better access to its growing market. But the range of 187 products affected by the latest cuts was relatively small and it was unclear how China's trade balance might be affected.   Chinese leaders are in the midst of a marathon effort to nurture self-sustaining economic growth based on consumer spending instead of trade and investment. Foreign produ...Keep on reading: China cuts import tariffs on some consumer goods.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsNov 24th, 2017

Xi departs Philippines

Chinese President Xi Jinping left the country on Wednesday afternoon after a fruitful two-day state visit. Xi departed around 1:30 p.m. aboard a Beijing-bound Air China plane at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 1. p: wjg.....»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated News5 hr. 35 min. ago

Chinese President’s visit unwelcome among Filipino activists – Manila Video

Hundreds protest as Chinese President Xi Jinping arrives in the Philippines for his two-day visit to the country, a traditional US ally that is a key prize as Beijing and Washington jostle for supremacy in the Pacific. source link: Chinese President’s visit unwelcome among Filipino activists – Manila Video.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated News6 hr. 22 min. ago

Xi leaves PH after historic two-day state visit

Chinese President Xi Jinping left the Philippines on Wednesday afternoon, concluding his historic two-day state visit here. Xi departed for Beijing from the Ninoy Aquino International Airport around 1:30 p.m. His Manila visit was the first from a seating Chinese President in 13 years. In the first day of his visit, Xi led a wreath-laying ceremony at the Rizal Monument in Luneta on Tuesday afternoon, just hours after he landed in Manila. He then proceed to Malacaang where he was welcomed by President Rodrigo Duterte, presidential daughter and Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio and other members of the Cabinet. Xi and Duterte witnessed the signing of 29 agreements between th...Keep on reading: Xi leaves PH after historic two-day state visit.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated News9 hr. 36 min. ago

China’s Xi visits Philippines as Duterte pressed to take tougher line

MANILA—Chinese President Xi Jinping arrived in the Philippines for a state visit on Tuesday, aiming to advance strategic gains made under a Manila leadership that has favored Beijing in the hope of receiving billions of dollars of loans and investment. Xi’s visit comes two years after Philippine counterpart Rodrigo Duterte declared he was reorienting his foreign policy away […] The post China’s Xi visits Philippines as Duterte pressed to take tougher line appeared first on Interaksyon......»»

Category: newsSource:  interaksyonRelated NewsNov 20th, 2018

Duterte urged to uphold Hague ruling on WPS during Xi Jinping’s visit

Opposition lawmakers have urged President Rodrigo Duterte to assert and uphold the Hague ruling on the West Philippine Sea (WPS) as Chinese President Xi Jinping arrived in the Philippines on Tuesday.   READ: Xi Jinping arrives in PH for two-day state visit   Joining protests in time for Xi's arrival, ACT Teachers Reps. Antonio Tinio and France Castro called on the Duterte administration to assert and uphold the July 2016 ruling of the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague which invalidated Beijing's claim on almost the entire WPS.   The lawmakers also warned against economic agreements with China that may place the Philippines under further deb...Keep on reading: Duterte urged to uphold Hague ruling on WPS during Xi Jinping’s visit.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsNov 20th, 2018

5 ways Duterte made good on his pivot to China

MANILA, Philippines – When President Rodrigo Duterte visited Beijing in October 2016, China hailed it as signalling the “full recovery” of Chinese-Philippine ties. With Chinese President Xi Jinping’s state visit to Manila starting Tuesday, November 20, things have come full circle. (READ: Xi Jinping's schedule of activities in PH ).....»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsNov 20th, 2018

From princeling to president: Who is Chinese President Xi Jinping?

MANILA, Philippines – With improved ties between the Philippines and Beijing, Chinese President Xi Jinping has been a recurring figure in national affairs. It seems Xi’s presence will continue to be felt over the next coming years, as he was reelected to a new term last March. ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsNov 19th, 2018

From duets to sea disputes: When Chinese presidents visit Philippines

MANILA, Philippines – Chinese President Xi Jinping's trip to the Philippines from November 20 to 21 is the fourth by a Chinese president since Manila and Beijing established diplomatic relations 4 decades ago. Three Chinese presidents have visited the Philippines since the two countries forged diplomatic ties on June 9, 1975: President ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsNov 17th, 2018