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China protests Australia criticism of Chinese aid in Pacific

CANBERRA, Australia — China has protested an Australian minister's criticisms that Chinese aid programs in poor Pacific island countries were creating "white.....»»

Category: newsSource: philstar philstarJan 11th, 2018

Wary of China, Australia to fund Solomons cable

SYDNEY -- Australia will help fund and build an underseas communications cable to the Solomon Islands, it was agreed Wednesday, after the Pacific nation was convinced to drop a contract with Chinese company Huawei. The impoverished country and Huawei inked a deal in late 2016 to construct the fibre-optic cable….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsJun 13th, 2018

Stewart, Wilson propel US to 100-88 win over China

By Doug Feinberg, Associated Press SANTA CRUZ DE TENERIFE, Spain (AP) — After a quiet first half, Breanna Stewart felt she needed to be more assertive on both ends of the court. She certainly made her presence felt in the final 20 minutes. Stewart scored 21 of her 23 points in the second half and A'ja Wilson added 20 points to help the United States beat China 100-88 on Sunday in the second day of the FIBA Women's Basketball World Cup. "I needed to be more aggressive. There were a few things that I could have done better — defense and rebounding. Focus on that and the offense comes," Stewart said. China trailed only 36-35 midway through the second quarter as the U.S. was still trying to figure out a lineup that worked on offense and defense. The Americans then closed the half on a 12-4 burst. Wilson had six points during the run. Layshia Clarendon, who played a few minutes in the first game, also provided a spark off the bench in the spurt. She had two points, two assists and two rebounds. The Chinese team hung around in the third quarter and trailed 60-54 before Stewart, who played in China the past few winters, took over. She scored nine of the next 11 points and China couldn't get within seven the rest of the way. "She was trailing a lot, and obviously the defense sucked down. The post players did a great job rim running," U.S. coach Dawn Staley said. "That left Stewie wide open at the top of key and she took advantage of them time and again. That's what we come to expect, Stewie like things. We needed her to be that way to give us some separation and widen our lead in the third quarter." The Americans were still missing Brittney Griner, who suffered a slight sprain of her right ankle in practice Friday. Griner said after the win over Senegal she would have played if it was an elimination game. China was able to exploit the lack of Griner with its own 6-foot-9 center Han Xu. Han showed an impressive array of post moves as well as a deft touch from 10 feet. The 18-year-old finished with 20 points and left to a warm ovation from the crowd with 20 seconds left. "Coach encouraged us to play with confidence. The U.S. is a very good team. We just went out and enjoyed ourselves," said China guard Shao Ting, who had 10 points. The Chinese team, which is the youngest in the tournament with the average age 23 years, lost to the U.S. by 43 points in the 2016 Olympics. The U.S. (2-0) hasn't lost to China (1-1) in six meetings in the World Cup. The Americans won the first five meetings by an average of 25.8 points. The victory was the Americans' 18th in a row in the tournament and 43rd in the past 44 games in the World Cup. The only blemish over the past 20 years was a loss to Russia in the semifinals of the 2006 World Cup. Sunday's game came on the 12th anniversary of that loss. CHINA CONNECTION: Many of the U.S. players have competed in China in the offseason. Stewart, Griner, Morgan Tuck, Jewell Loyd and Tina Charles all have spent time there. Wilson will be headed there this year. "You're having some of the top WNBA players going over there to China and showing them the standards of what we put ourselves through," Stewart said. RECOVERING: Elena Delle Donne played only 3 ½ minutes on Sunday. She suffered a bone bruise in the WNBA playoffs and is still recovering. She said that she and Staley would talk before each game to discuss how she was feeling. Delle Donne said after the game the back to back was difficult. SCOREBOARD: It was a great day for Africa with both Senegal and Nigeria winning. It's the first time in the history of the tournament that an African team won a pool play game, let alone two. Senegal beat Latvia 70-69 and Nigeria edged Turkey 74-68. In other games, Canada beat South Korea 82-63; Australia routed Argentina 84-43; Japan edged Belgium 77-75 in OT; France beat Greece 75-71 and Spain topped Puerto Rico 78-53. UP NEXT China: Will face Senegal on Tuesday with second place in the group at stake. U.S.: Will face Latvia on Tuesday looking to continue its dominance......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 24th, 2018

Australia eyes PNG military base to curb China’s Pacific influence

SYDNEY: Australia is planning to build new naval base in Papua New Guinea, reports said Wednesday, an apparent move to curb China’s influence in the Pacific. Canberra was aiming to finalize an agreement on the joint facility — to be built on the Pacific nation’s Manus island — ahead of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit [...] The post Australia eyes PNG military base to curb China’s Pacific influence appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsSep 20th, 2018

China engages in Australia’s largest maritime drill for first time

SYDNEY — China is participating for the first time in Australia’s largest maritime exercise as more than 3,000 personnel from 27 countries engage in joint training off the strategic northern port of Darwin. Exercise Kakadu is hosting 23 ships and submarines from across the Indo-Pacific region, enabling them to establish familiarity which helps to prevent conflict […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  interaksyonRelated NewsSep 11th, 2018

Japan protests as reporter blocked from covering China foreign minister

TOKYO, Japan – Japan has lodged a protest with China about freedom of speech after Beijing blocked a Japanese reporter from covering a meeting between top diplomats from the two countries. On Wednesday, August 29, the Chinese foreign ministry excluded a reporter from the Sankei Shimbun – a Japanese conservative daily ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsAug 30th, 2018

China s Huawei, ZTE blocked from Australia s 5G network

SYDNEY, Australia – Chinese telecom giants Huawei and ZTE have effectively been banned from rolling out Australia's 5G network, after Canberra said Thursday, August 23, there were security risks with companies beholden to foreign governments. Huawei – one of the world's largest telecommunications equipment and services providers – ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsAug 23rd, 2018

Clarkson, Yao Ming keen observers at Asian Games basketball

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Cleveland Cavaliers guard Jordan Clarkson watched from the bench, not quite able to make it to the Asian Games in time to play in the opening game for the Philippines. Yao Ming was there, too, also keeping a close eye on the Philippines' opening 96-59 win over Kazakhstan. After getting a special exemption from the NBA to play for the Philippines in Jakarta, the US-born Clarkson should be ready to suit up for the next game against China. And that has the attention of ex-Houston Rockets and Chinese all-star center Yao. Clarkson, one of three NBA players given an exemption by the league to play in Jakarta, said he had a frustrating time while his status for the tournament was being considered. The NBA also granted exemptions to Houston Rockets 7-foot-1 (2.17-meter) center Zhou Qi and Dallas Mavericks forward Ding Yanyuhang to play for China. "We went back and forth so many times, saying I was going to play, then I wasn't going to play," the 6-5 (1.96-meter) Clarkson told Philippines' reporters after Thursday's game. "Now, being able to participate is awesome. "I'm very excited to know that I'm finally getting to do this, being able to play ... for the country. It's definitely something that I've been looking forward to." Clarkson, who qualifies to play for the Philippines through his maternal grandmother, has four days to get familiar with "fun style of play." "I feel the support, the love all the time," he said. "My grandma is real proud I'm able to do this now." The Philippines is playing a tournament for the first time since 10 players and two coaches were suspended following a wild brawl in a World Cup qualifier against Australia on July 2. Three Australian players were also suspended. Video of the brawl was widely played around the world, with punches thrown, chairs tossed at players, and security needed to restore order......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 16th, 2018

After Duterte tirade, China asserts right to warn planes

MANILA, Philippines – Despite criticism from Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, China asserted its right to warn certain planes flying over the South China Sea, Reuters reported on Thursday, August 16.  The Chinese foreign ministry, in a statement sent to Reuters , asserted that the disputed Spratly Islands remain Chinese ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsAug 16th, 2018

Batang Gilas falls short of bronze, still bound for FIBA Worlds

Batang Gilas has bowed out of the 2018 FIBA Asia Under-18 Championship with two loses in a row. Just a day after getting eliminated from contention by Australia, the Filipinos again faltered in the battle for third on Saturday, this time in the face of a more determined China side, 76-57, at the Stadium 29 in Thailand. Both Kai Sotto and AJ Edu had bounced back games individually, with the former finishing with 16 points, eight rebounds, and one block and the latter ending with 14 markers, eight boards, and one rejection. However, they were the only two players who proved to be effective for the Philippines, as all of Dave Ildefonso, Migs Oczon, and Dalph Panopio only combined for 21 points in 9-of-30 shooting. Four day ago, Batang Gilas dominated the same Chinese side by a score of 73-63 to top their group in the preliminary round. After that, however, they were at the wrong end of routs by Australia in the semifinals and then China in the battle for third. Even with back-to-back losses the tournament, the Filipinos have already booked a ticket to the 2019 FIBA Under-19 World Cup by virtue of reching the semifinals. In doing so, they downed Lebanon, United Arab Emirates, China, and Bahrain along the way. BOX SCORES CHINA 76 – Wang QZ 27, Xu 18, Li 9, Guo 8, Jiang HR 7, Wang YZ 7, Chen 0, Shi 0. BATANG GILAS 57 – Sotto 16, Edu 14, Ildefonso 9, Oczon 7, Panopio 5, Abadiano 2, Amsali 2, Cortez 2, Lina 0, Ramirez 0, Torres 0. QUARTER SCORES: 27-14, 43-26, 59-43, 76-57. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 11th, 2018

Asian stocks struggle as trade anxiety weighs

TOKYO – Asian stocks wobbled on Tuesday as simmering worries over the U.S.-China trade conflict offset positive leads from earnings-led gains on Wall Street. MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan was up 0.05 percent. The index dipped early and struggled to gain traction amid volatility in Chinese stocks. The Shanghai Composite Index rose […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  interaksyonRelated NewsAug 7th, 2018

Cebu Pacific upbeat on Chinese market

Cebu Pacific Air, the country's biggest budget carrier, is looking to China to fuel future growth. The airline is taking delivery of 10 more planes next year, which will mainly be deployed across international markets including second-tier Chinese cities, Cebu Pacific CEO Lance Gokongwei said yesterday. "There is a lot of interest from North Asia, the Chinese especially, to connect to the Philippines," Gokongwei told reporters on the sidelines of the launch of its sustainable tourism initiative dubbed Juan Effect. Chinese visitors to the country surged as the Duterte administration pursued friendlier ties with China. According to the Department of Tourism, the Philippines saw ov...Keep on reading: Cebu Pacific upbeat on Chinese market.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJul 31st, 2018

How Deeply Has China Infiltrated the Philippines?

In late May of 2005, Chen Yonglin, a young, up-and-coming, junior diplomat assigned to the Chinese consulate in Sidney, Australia defected. Chen asked Australian authorities for political asylum for himself, his wife, and their young daughter. After defecting, Chen made a stunning revelation. He told the Australians that China had more than a thousand undercover agents and informants operating in their country ........»»

Category: newsSource:  philnewsRelated NewsJul 22nd, 2018

Gov’t makes quiet protests on WPS – Palace

Malacaang on Monday denied that the government had not been protesting against China's aggression in the West Philippine Sea (WPS) following a Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey that showed 81 percent of Filipinos disapproved of official inaction on the sea dispute. In a radio interview, presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said the government filed a protest every time Beijing violated Manila's sovereignty over the WPS, but it always did so quietly. Roque said all Filipinos should reject government inaction against Chinese aggression because the country could not allow its territory to be claimed by another state. "One hundred percent or 5 out 5 (Filipinos) should protest an...Keep on reading: Gov’t makes quiet protests on WPS – Palace.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJul 17th, 2018

Xi Jinping, U.S. defense chief meet amid troubled security relations

BEIJING, China – Chinese President Xi Jinping told US Defense Secretary James Mattis Wednesday, June 27, the two countries must sustain the "good momentum" of their military relationship, amid US worries about China's projection of power across the Indo-Pacific. Mattis, visiting Beijing to take the measure of China's global security ambitions, ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJun 27th, 2018

Australia buys high-tech drones to monitor South China Sea, Pacific

SYDNEY, Australia – Australia will invest $5.2 billion to develop and buy high-tech US drones for joint military operations and to monitor waters including the South China Sea, it said Tuesday. Canberra has been embarking on its largest peacetime naval investment through a massive shipbuilding strategy that includes new submarines, ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJun 26th, 2018

Australia buys high-tech drones to monitor South China Sea, Pacific

Sydney — Australia will invest Aus$7 billion (US$5.2 billion) to develop and buy high-tech US drones for joint military operations and to monitor waters including the South China Sea, it said Tuesday. Canberra has been embarking on its largest peacetime naval investment through a massive shipbuilding strategy that includes new submarines, offshore patrol vessels and […].....»»

Category: financeSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsJun 26th, 2018

Japan airlines change ‘Taiwan’ to ‘China Taiwan’ on websites

TOKYO, Japan — Japan’s two largest airlines have changed “Taiwan” to “China Taiwan” on their Chinese-language websites, officials said Tuesday, sparking an immediate protest from the self-ruled island. China, which claims Taiwan as its own territory, has demanded that dozens of international airlines make such a change despite US protests at what it called “Orwellian […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsJun 19th, 2018

Australia PM wants to question Zuckerberg for deals with Chinese firms

SYDNEY, Australia – Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull would "love" Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg to be grilled by Australian lawmakers, he said Thursday, in the wake of revelations the tech giant allowed Chinese smartphone makers access to user data. The social media behemoth has drawn renewed criticism after confirming it shared data ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJun 8th, 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

Facebook deals with Huawei draw ire from U.S. lawmakers

SAN FRANCISCO, USA – Facebook drew fresh criticism from US lawmakers following revelations that it allowed Chinese smartphone makers, including one deemed a national security threat, access to user data. The world's largest social network confirmed late Tuesday, June 5, that China-based Huawei – which has been banned by ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJun 7th, 2018