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

Height, speed are keys for Kai Sotto and Batang Gilas in FIBA Asian Championships

The Philippine youth team bannered by promising big man Kai Sotto,will bank on height and speed for its coming campaign in the FIBA U16 Asian Championships in Foshan, China from April 2-8. The 15-year-old Sotto, who recently led Ateneo to the UAAP juniors basketball championship, serves as the centerpiece of the 12-man team of coach Michael Oliver which also counts on Rafael Go, Raven Cortez, McLaude Guadana, Terrence Fortea, Recaredo Christian Calimag, Rence Padrigao,, and Shaun Geofrrey Chiu – all of whom suited up for the Batang Gilas squad that won the Southeast Asian Basketball Association (SEABA) juniors championship held at the Smart Araneta Coliseum last year. Newcomers include Jerick Kyle Bautista, Joshua Rafael Lazaro, Yukien Andrada, and King Balaga. “We have a combination of height and speed. At least hindi na tayo kawawa sa ilalim unlike before. Hindi na tayo undersized sa mga kalaban natin,” said Oliver. Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) executive director Sonny Barrios, who, was with Oliver and Batang Gilas co-team manager Andrew Teh and Wilbert Loa in Tuesday’s Philippine Sportswriters Association (PSA) Forum at the Tapa King Restaurant at the Farmers Center in Cubao, said seven Batang Gilas players are above six feet, including Sotto who stands 7-foot-1, Chiu, who is 6-foot-8, and Cortez at 6-foot-7. Chiu and McLaude joined the team together with deputy coach MC Abolucion in the session presented by San Miguel Corp., Tapa King, and the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp. The country is bracketed in Group B with powerhouse Australia and Malaysia. The host country leads Group A together with New Zealand and Hong Kong, Group C will have Iran, Chinese Taipei, and Macau, while Group D is composed of Korea, Japan, Lebanon, and India. In all, 13 countries are seeing action in the week-long event. Barrios said the meet was supposed to be held last year shortly after the SEABA meet, but had to be moved to this year as FIBA failed to find a willing host. The top four countries to finish in the meet will represent Asia to the FIBA U17 Basketball World Cup in Argentina next year. As per tournament format, the best placed team in each group will qualify directly to the knockout stage starting with the quarterfinals. The second and third place teams will proceed to the playoff round. It won’t be easy, according to Oliver, since the team didn’t get to practice with a full roster until after the end of the UAAP season. “Naghahabol talaga kami sa training. Daily practices kami as much as possible,” said the Batang Gilas coach......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated News20 hr. 33 min. ago

Blatche heard the bashers so he bounced back big time for Gilas

MANILA, Philippines --- Andray Blatche has been subject of criticism for his continued struggles in the 2019 FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifers. Well, he heard all of those and responded Sunday with his best game so far for Gilas Pilipinas, leading the Philippines to a pulsating 89-84 win over the visiting Japanese at the MOA Arena here. Blatche submitted his finest performance of these Asian Qualifiers so far, going for a team-high 18 points on top of 16 rebounds and five assists. The naturalized Filipino was emotional after a game, letting out a passionate roar at midcourt as the Philippines defended homecourt anew. Gilas is also through to the next round of the Qualifiers with the win. "It felt great. To advance, and definitely for being bashed the last 36-48 hours, [it felt great] just to get a win and get some of it off my shoulders," he said. "[It felt great] just to know I was able to help us get to the second round," Blatche added. Blatche has been through a tough stretch for the Philippines. In the opening window back in February, an out-of-shape Blatche played his worst game in a Pilipinas jersey against Taipei. This time around, Blatche is in better shape but is coming off an injury. The two games against Australia and Japan were his first pair of acutal in-game action since last year. "It feels great. For me, it actually feels great to get this win and play sort of well," he said. "t's been a long time since I've been playing on the court, just my second game since the first [window]. But this big for us to advance in the second round, I'm about to go back to China and start the [CBA] playoffs," Blatche added. With a better performance this time out, Blatche is not overly concerned about his critics. He says they'll find new ways to bash him. However, he's concerned about getting better for Gilas and the third window plust the second round of the Qualifiers will be the perfect place for him to once again prove that the trust placed on him is worth it. "I feel like I could do a lot better. It's a rhythm thing, I'm starting to get my rhythm back, starting to get my legs back. It was for of me trusting my injury, I left it alone and said forget it, if I hurt mysef I hurt myself. It's about confidence," he said. " I'm sure they're [bashers] going to find something else. But you know, all I can do is to continue getting better, stay focused," Blatce added.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 25th, 2018

PH protests Chinese names in Benham

Malacañang has denounced China’s move to rename five undersea features in the Philippine Rise (Benham Rise) and has protested through the Philippine Embassy in Beijing. “We object and do not recognize the Chinese names given to some undersea features in the Philippine Rise,” Palace spokesman Harry Roque Jr. said in a statement on Wednesday, a [...] The post PH protests Chinese names in Benham appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsFeb 15th, 2018

PH protests naming of 5 Benham features by China

THE Philippine government has protested China’s move to name five undersea features in the Benham Rise (Philippine Rise). We object and do not recognize the Chinese names given to some undersea features in the Philippine Rise,” presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said in a statement to Palace reporters yesterday. “Per our….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsFeb 14th, 2018

Andray Blatche raring to bounce back for Gilas Pilipinas

After a terrible showing for Gilas Pilipinas last November, Andray Blatche is raring to bounce back for next week against Australia and Japan. Out of shape during the first window when the Philippins challenged the Japanese and hosted Chinese Taipei at home, Blatche has been working out in China where he plays for the Xinjian Flying Tigers. For the second window of the 2019 FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers, the naturalized Filipino showed in great shape and is ready to go. "I just worked out twice a day the whole time in China preparing for this," Blatche said Tuesday after practice. "The last time I was here, the last two games, I was way out of shape and I couldn't perform the way I wanted to and it bothered me and I was very frustrated and I dedicated myself to this window," he added. Whil Blatche is in better shape now compared to last time, Gilas head coach Chot Reyes says that his big man still has a lot to work on between no and next week when the national team takes on Australia in Melbourne. "Well, I liked his movement. You could see by the way he’s shooting the ball and his offense that he’s slowly getting in shape. But I think he still has to improve some more his ... he has to get his game legs under him, because before he came here, he was with his team in China but he was on the reserve list so he wasn’t really playing games," Reyes said of Blatche. "He was continuously practicing but he’s not in real game shape. We have a week before the Australia game to get him back into that. But the problem is we’re not able to play actual games, and the only way to get in game shape is to play actual games. That’s the dilemma that we’re facing," he added.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 13th, 2018

DU30 gov’t protests SCS ‘militarization’ — Roque

MALACANANG has already protested China’s “militarization” in the South China Sea, the Palace said in response to criticism that the Duterte administration has let China get away with construction activities on artificial islands in the disputed waters. Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque, however, said contrary to critics’ claims, “we have protested….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsFeb 12th, 2018

China says Swedish publisher held under criminal law

BEIJING, China – China said on Tuesday, February 6, that Swedish book publisher Gui Minhai was in custody under criminal law, brushing aside Stockholm's protests after he was seized under the eyes of Swedish diplomats last month. "Because of the violation of Chinese laws, the relevant Chinese authorities have taken criminal ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsFeb 6th, 2018

Ceres Negros FC bows out of AFC Champions League race after loss to Tianjin

It was the end of the line for Filipino club Ceres Negros FC after they fell to Chinese club Tianjin Quanjian, 2-0 in Tianjin, China to bow out of the 2018 AFC Champions League tournament. French striker Anthony Modeste proved to be the thorn on Ceres Negros’ side, scoring both goals for the home side. Modeste’s first strike came in at the 19th minute, scoring off a header from a well-timed corner kick. The second came at the 57th minute when he breezed through the Ceres defenses before beating keeper Toni Doblas once more for the 2-0 advantage. The visiting Pinoy side looked to rally back, but couldn’t find the same magic that brought them to the playoff round of the AFC Champions League. As a result, Tianjin Quanjian books their spot in the group stages of the tournament. It was a spirited run for the inaugural PFL champions, who looked to make Philippine football history by becoming the first club to qualify for the AFC Champions League. Ceres Negros opened their campaign by defeating Myanmar’s Shan United 4-3 on Penalties in Yangon in the first preliminary round before heading over to Australia and upsetting Brisbane Roar 3-2 in the second preliminary round......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 30th, 2018

Chinese investors detained after Ponzi protests

Authorities in eastern China have detained 11 investors after protests erupted over the collapse of the country's latest Ponzi scheme, dubbed "money treasure online". Police in Nanjing said they detained the investors and warned another 11 for organizing illegal gatherings and disturbing public order, the city's public security bureau said in a statement posted to its Weibo account. The Ponzi scheme -- called or "money treasure online" -- took in billions of yuan from millions of investors with authorities estimating it owed 30 billion yuan ($4.7 billion) at the time of its collapse last month. Investors were wooed with promises of returns as high as 60 percent. The...Keep on reading: Chinese investors detained after Ponzi protests.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJan 25th, 2018

Ceres Negros stuns Brisbane Roar to advance in AFC Champions league

  Filipino football club Ceres Negros FC went into enemy territory and came away victorious, taking down Brisbane Roar 3-2, Tuesday afternoon in Brisbane, Australia to advance into the playoff round of the 2018 AFC Champions League.  The two-time A-League champions got off to a hot start after Massimo Maccarone got the home team on the board in the 35th minute.  Spanish star striker Bienve Marañon came up big for the visiting UFL champions once again, as he hit the equalizer in the 43rd minute to keep Ceres in the match.  Marañon kept it going as he converted once more in the 65th minute to give the Pinoy side the advantage.    Omid Nazari put the match out of Brisbane's reach after scoring in the 75th minute to make it a 3-1 advantage for Ceres Negros.  Eric Bautheac pulled one back in the 86th minute to make it a 3-2 match, but that would be the last of it as Ceres Negros held on for what many consider to be a massive upset.  After wins over Shan United and Brisbane Roar, Ceres Negros will continue their AFC Champions League campaign into the playoff round, where they'll be taking on Chinese Super League club Tianjin Quanjian at the Tianjin Olympic Center Stadium in Tianjin, China on January 30th.  The winner of that matchup will advance into the group stages.  No Filipino club has ever qualified for the annual tournament, which means Ceres Negros is one win away from making Filipino football history. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 23rd, 2018

Survey shows Pinoys most optimistic in Asia-Pacific

Thanks to "rising economic growth, a soaring travel industry and greater interregional economic cooperation," citizens of the Asia-Pacific region are feeling optimistic about their future---and Filipinos are the most optimistic of them all. This was one of the key findings of the recent MasterCard Index of Consumer Confidence based on a survey conducted twice yearly in the Asia-Pacific covering 18 markets: Australia, Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Myanmar, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam. The latest survey was conducted between October and November last year among 9,141 respondents...Keep on reading: Survey shows Pinoys most optimistic in Asia-Pacific.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJan 10th, 2018

China funding ‘Pacific white elephants’: Australia minister

SYDNEY — China is funding “white elephant” infrastructure projects in the Pacific at unfavourable terms, a senior Australia minister said Wednesday in comments that could fuel further tensions between Canberra and Beijing. Friction between the two countries grew last month after Australia singled out China as a focus of concern….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsJan 10th, 2018

Top local destinations of 2017

The Philippines saw a double-digit increase, 11.54 percent, in tourist arrivals in 2017, compared to the previous year. The Department of Tourism (DOT) credited the influx of Chinese tourists from January to October, based on a press statement dated Dec. 12. Still comprising the bulk were 1.3 million South Korean visitors that accounted for 24.33 percent of total arrivals, followed by China (14.81 percent), the United States (14.34 percent), Japan (8.97 percent) and Australia (3.77 percent). The DOT says the top destinations in the country this year included Banaue, described as a place "where land merges with the clouds to meet the heavens"; Bohol's Chocolate Hills; the capita...Keep on reading: Top local destinations of 2017.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsDec 22nd, 2017

Meet 2017 s ten most powerful people in sports in Asia

In Asia, sports equals passion, and these ten big names in the sporting world today have led their respective organizations to amazing heights this year. Let’s take a look at 2017’s Top 10 People Behind the Biggest Sports Media Properties in Asia.   #1 Gianni Infantino, President of the FIFA World Cup Gianni Infantino is a football administrator and the current President of the FIFA World Cup. The FIFA World Cup is an international football association and tournament held every four years. Men’s football is arguably the most popular sport in the entire world and the same is true for Asia. The sport retains large numbers in viewership and will continue to do so in the foreseeable future. Countries like Singapore, Korea and Australia all follow football religiously.   #2 Aleksander Ceferin, President of UEFA Champions League Aleksander Ceferin heads the UEFA Champions League, an annual football competition, unlike FIFA which is only held every four years. The Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) is one of the most prestigious football tournaments in the world and is participated by top-division European football clubs. Although it does not consist of Asian teams, UEFA remains popular among the Asian people due to the popularity of football as a sport.   #3 Chatri Sityodtong, Chairman and CEO of ONE Championship When billionaire Chatri Sityodtong conjured up the idea for ONE Championship, he envisioned the entire Asia united under a single sport. ONE Championship has achieved tremendous success since its establishment in 2011. Martial arts is considered a Pan-Asian sport and for the first time in Asian history, it is a sport that has transcended regional and cultural boundaries. Currently the largest global sports media property in Asian history. Today, ONE Championship is broadcast to over one billion viewers in over 128 countries across the globe.   #4 Horacio Muratore, President of FIBA Having been president of FIBA since 2014, Horacio Muratore has continued to develop the sport of basketball, not just in Asia, but in the entire world. The FIBA Basketball World Cup was established in 1950 and is an international basketball competition held every four years since its inaugural year. It also has popular variations in the FIBA Asia Championships and FIBA EuroBasket. The next tournament is scheduled for Beijing, China in 2019. Basketball’s popularity in Asia remains concentrated in the Philippines, Taiwan and China where the sport enjoys a very strong and faithful following.   #5 John Malone, Owner of Formula One Although Bernie Ecclestone, Formula One’s colorful chief executive remains at the helm of business operations, new owner American billionaire John Malone purchased the company in early 2017 and has since continued to deliver fans heart-pumping auto-racing action. Formula One, also known as Formula 1 or simply as F1, is the highest class of single-seater international auto-racing tournament in the world. Held in different variations depending on the region, the races are held regularly on an annual basis on purpose-built F1 circuits or public roads. The most popular variation in Asia is the Singapore Grand Prix which normally takes place on the Marina Bay Street Circuit. The Singapore Grand Prix was first held in 1966. It is the first of its kind in Asia.   #6 Rob Manfred, Commissioner of Major League Baseball Rob Manfred was named the 10th Commissioner in the history of Major League Baseball a wildly popular sport not just in the United States, but also in Japan, Taiwan, and China. Major League Baseball or the MLB is the most recognizable professional baseball organization in the world. It is immensely popular especially in Japan where baseball is almost considered a national sport. Since 1986, an all-star team from the MLB is sent to a biennial end-of-season tour of Japan. It is called MLB Japan All-Star Series wherein exhibition games are held in a best-of format against all-stars from the Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB) league. Aside from MLB Japan Serie, there also exists an MLB China Series and an MLB Taiwan Series.   #7 Hemang Amin, Chief Operating Officer of Vivo Indian Premier League Heman Amin has been a part of the BCCI, which governs the Vivo Indian Premier League, for the past seven years. The IPL is a professional Twenty20 cricket league established in India which is held every April and May of every year. Cricket is by far the most popular sport in India. Although a relatively new organization, having been established as recently as 2008, the IPL is one of the fastest growing sports media properties in Asia. It is currently valued at US$1.6 billion which is a monumental achievement for such a young property.   #8 Chito Narvasa, Former Commissioner of the Philippine Basketball Association Former basketball player and coach, Chito Narvasa is the ninth Commissioner of the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA). Basketball is a wildly popular sport in the Philippines, and perhaps the most widely played in the entire country. The premiere proving ground of men’s professional basketball in the Philippines is the PBA, which owns the distinction of being the first professional basketball league in Asia, and the second-oldest continuously existing league in the world apart from the National Basketball Association (NBA). The PBA played its first game in 1975, and today fuels a hoop-crazy nation that loves its basketball.   #9 Cai Zhenhua, President of the Chinese Football Association China has a burgeoning football obsession, with support from Chinese President Xi Jinping himself who is helping to develop the sport. Cai Zhenhua is the current President of the Chinese Football Association, which governs the sport in China.China’s passion for football is manifest in the Chinese Super League (CSL), which is the highest tier of professional football in the country. With a season that starts in March and ends mid-November, the CSL features 16 football clubs in its current season. The league, the largest in China, now operates under the management of the Chinese Football Association. The current champions are the Guangzhou Evergrande.   #10 Mitsuri Murai, Chairman of Japan Professional Football League Inaugurated in 2014, Mitsuri Murai is the Chairman of the Japan Professional Football League, or more popularly known as the J.League. Japanese professional football league, J.League is one of the most successful football leagues in all of Asia. It is the top level of Japan’s professional football scene, which is one of the most popular sports in all the region. With an annual revenue of over $560-million, the J.League features three football levels: J1, J2, and J3. The league is also governed by FIFA on the global level......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 19th, 2017

Cathay Pacific flight crew saw North Korea missile from plane

HONG KONG, China – Hong Kong carrier Cathay Pacific said Monday, December 4,  that one of its air crews spotted what they believed to be the missile fired by North Korea last week, as they flew between the southern Chinese city and the United States. The North fired an intercontinental ballistic ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsDec 4th, 2017

Blatche arriving soon, will play for Gilas vs Japanese

Andray Blatche, barring any injuries, will finally join Gilas Pilipinas in the next couple of days and will reinforce the Filipinos in their first two Fiba Asia Qualifying games against Japan and Chinese Taipei. The 6-foot-11 Blatche, Team PH's naturalized player, will play Xinjiang's final game for the year in the China Basketball Association slated Friday night. Blatche was set to arrive Nov. 12 but apparently, failed to get a leave from the Flying Tigers. Xinjiang's next game will be in January, and that poses another problem for the Gilas coaching staff as the Filipinos will play the Taiwanese and Australia in February. Reports reaching the Gilas camp say that Blatch...Keep on reading: Blatche arriving soon, will play for Gilas vs Japanese.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsNov 17th, 2017

China wins vs U.S. at ASEAN Summit but loses on publicity

MANILA, Philippines – China continues its winning streak against the United States at the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit and Related Summits held in the Philippines back-to-back with the Asia-Pacific Economic Summit (APEC) Summit in Vietnam. It was all business and no fanfare for Chinese Premier Li Keqiang who came ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsNov 16th, 2017

Trump praises China’s ‘highly respected’ Xi

Beijing, China --- US President Donald Trump praised Chinese leader Xi Jinping as a "highly respected and powerful representative of his people" on Friday as he wrapped up his first state visit to Beijing. Trump showered his host with accolades during two days of meetings during which the US leader sought to convince Xi to do more to reduce a trade deficit with China and rein in nuclear-armed North Korea. "My meetings with President Xi Jinping were very productive on both trade and the subject of North Korea," the US leader, who now heads to Vietnam for an Asia-Pacific summit, wrote on Twitter. "He is a highly respected and powerful representative of his people. It was great...Keep on reading: Trump praises China’s ‘highly respected’ Xi.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsNov 10th, 2017

Duterte to be frank with Xi on West Philippine Sea dispute

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte plans to bring up the country's rights to territory in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea) when he holds a bilateral meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping during the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit in Vietnam this week. "I'm going to APEC tomorrow. ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsNov 7th, 2017

Getting to know Li Keqiang the right way

FROM the time the South China Sea tension began to heighten in 2008 (that was the year the much touted pivot of the United States from the Middle East to the Asia Pacific region was the main preoccupation in geopolitics), it has become my magnificent obsession to have a one-on-one with a highly placed Chinese [...] The post Getting to know Li Keqiang the right way appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsNov 3rd, 2017