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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

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

Batang Gilas stars Padrigao, Cortez to join BWB Asia Camp in India

NBA press release NEW YORK, MIES, MUMBAI – The National Basketball Association (NBA), the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) and the Basketball Federation of India (BFI) today announced the top 66 boys and girls from 16 countries and territories who will participate in the 10th edition of Basketball Without Borders (BWB) Asia. BWB Asia 2018 will be held May 30 – June 2 at The NBA Academy India in Delhi National Capital Region (NCR), marking the second time that the NBA and FIBA’s global basketball development and community outreach program will be held in India. Nike will serve as the official partner. Corey Brewer (Oklahoma City Thunder; U.S.), Caris LeVert (Brooklyn Nets; U.S.), Kelly Olynyk (Miami Heat; Canada; BWB Americas 2009), Dwight Powell (Dallas Mavericks; Canada), two-time WNBA Champion Ruth Riley, and former WNBA player Ebony Hoffman will coach the top high school age campers from throughout the Asia-Pacific region. BWB Asia 2018 will feature two current prospects from NBA Academies, the league’s signature elite player development initiative that consists of a network of elite basketball training centers around the world for top male and female prospects from outside the U.S. Since October 2016, NBA Academies have been launched in Canberra, Australia; Jinan, Urumqi and Zhuji, China; Delhi NCR, India; Mexico City, Mexico; and Thies, Senegal. Players and coaches will lead the campers through a variety of activities on and off the court, including movement efficiency, positional skill development, shooting and skills competitions, 5-on-5 games, and daily life skills seminars focusing on health, leadership and communication. One boy and one girl will be named BWB Asia 2018 MVPs at the conclusion of the four-day camp. BWB Asia 2018 will be preceded by a basketball development camp May 27 – 29 for the 18 female prospects from throughout India as part of The NBA Academies Women’s Program. 1996 Olympic Gold Medalist and Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame member Jennifer Azzi, Riley and former college coach Blair Hardiek – the global technical directors for women’s programming across the league’s seven academies – will oversee the camp. BWB Asia 2018 and The NBA Academies Women’s Program camp will also include a variety of NBA Cares and Jr. NBA community outreach efforts with youth in New Delhi in partnership with local community organizations, including basketball clinics for more than 150 youth from the Reliance Foundation Jr. NBA program and the NBA Basketball Schools in New Delhi. These programs will highlight the power of sport to promote cultural understanding while teaching the importance of a healthy, active lifestyle and the values of the game, including teamwork, respect, determination and community. Current NBA assistant coaches Bret Brielmaier (Nets), Darvin Ham (Atlanta Hawks), Ryan Saunders (Minnesota Timberwolves), and Mike Wells (Utah Jazz) will also serve as BWB Asia 2018 coaches. Patrick Hunt (President of the World Association of Basketball Coaches; Australia) will be the camp director. Casey Smith (Mavericks) will serve as the camp’s athletic trainer. Nike, a BWB global partner since 2002, will outfit the campers and coaches with Nike apparel and footwear. BWB has reached more than 3,190 participants from 127 countries and territories since 2001, with more than 50 former campers drafted into the NBA or signed as free agents. A record 24 former BWB campers were on opening-night rosters for the 2017-18 season. The NBA and FIBA have staged 53 BWB camps in 33 cities across 27 countries on six continents. More than 250 current and former NBA, WNBA and FIBA players have joined more than 200 NBA team personnel from all 30 NBA teams to support BWB across the world. BWB Asia was previously held in India in 2008. The NBA Academy India, an elite basketball training center in Delhi NCR for the top male and female prospects from throughout India and the first of its kind in the country, officially opened in May 2017 and builds on the NBA’s existing basketball and youth development initiatives in India. The Reliance Foundation Jr. NBA program has reached more than 6 million youth and trained more than 5,000 physical education instructors nationwide since its launch in 2013. In April 2017, the NBA launched The NBA Basketball School, a network of tuition-based basketball development programs open to male and female players from outside the U.S. ages 6-18. NBA Basketball Schools have been launched in Mumbai, New Delhi, Pune and Punjab as part of a multiyear agreement with India On Track (IOT), one of India’s leading sports management, marketing and development companies. NBA Champion Kevin Durant became the first active NBA player to visit The NBA Academy India in July 2017. Follow BWB using the hashtag #BWBAsia on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Follow The NBA Academies Women’s Program using the hashtag #NBAAcademy on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Find out more about NBA Academies at nbaacademy.nba.com and on Instagram (nbaacademy). Additional 2018 BWB camps in Serbia and South Africa will be announced at a later date. The following is a complete list of players participating in the 10th BWB Asia camp (rosters are subject to change): Girls Boys *Current NBA Academies Prospect **NBA Academies Women’s Program Participant.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 24th, 2018

US ‘disinvites’ China to Pacific Rim military exercises

The Pentagon has withdrawn its invitation to the Chinese Navy to the 2018 Rim of the Pacific military exercises in response to Chinese militarization of the South China Sea......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMay 24th, 2018

Duterte insists war only alternative to dealing with China

MANILA, Philippines – After criticism of his administration's "weak" response to Chinese bombers  landing  in South China Sea islands, President Rodrigo Duterte reiterated his belief that he has no other choice but to stay on China's good side as the only other option is to go to war. "I cannot afford ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsMay 22nd, 2018

US: More troops needed vs China

With China now effectively able to control the South China Sea, the incoming chief of the US Pacific Command has called for an increase in military presence in the Indo-Pacific region to deter Chinese aggression......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMay 20th, 2018

Sara as dad’s First Lady in China signals bigger role

DAVAO CITY---Mayor Sara Duterte took on the role of First Lady to her father, President Duterte, during the President's visit to China and may yet become Mr. Duterte's poster girl for better relations with the Chinese government. "She was invited" by the Chinese government to tag along her father, said Mr. Duterte upon returning from his China trip on Friday. It was Sara's first time to join her father on a foreign trip, fueling speculation that she would now start representing the Philippines as First Lady. Mr. Duterte, however, said he was unsure if Sara would also tag along in his future trips like planned visits to Papua New Guinea, South Korea and Australia. Warm tie...Keep on reading: Sara as dad’s First Lady in China signals bigger role.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsApr 13th, 2018

China’s Xi to visit Manila in November

Published: 10:29 a.m., April 11, 2018 | Updated: 12:07 a.m., April 12, 2018 HAINAN, China --- Chinese President Xi Jinping will visit the Philippines in November, the first time he will come to the country under the more friendly administration of President Rodrigo Duterte. Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque announced Xi's decision to come to the Philippines after the Chinese leader's meeting with the Philippine President during which they discussed "joint offshore oil development," the South China Sea dispute, boosting military cooperation, and working together to combat terrorism and illegal drugs. Xi will fly to Manila after attending the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperat...Keep on reading: China’s Xi to visit Manila in November.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsApr 11th, 2018

China eyes permanent military base in Vanuatu – report

SYDNEY: Australia and New Zealand said Tuesday they were closely monitoring developments while downplaying a report that China wants to establish a permanent military base on the Pacific nation of Vanuatu. The Sydney Morning Herald said Beijing had approached Port Vila about the possibility, potentially upsetting the delicate strategic balance in the region. China has [...] The post China eyes permanent military base in Vanuatu – report appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsApr 10th, 2018

China eyes permanent military base in Pacific Ocean – report

SYDNEY, Australia --- Australia and New Zealand said Tuesday they were closely monitoring developments while downplaying a report that China wants to establish a permanent military base on the Pacific nation of Vanuatu. The Sydney Morning Herald said Beijing had approached Port Vila about the possibility, potentially upsetting the delicate strategic balance in the region. China has been aggressively growing its military and pushing its footprint deeper into the Pacific, forging closer links by showering nations with development money. The Herald, citing multiple sources, said Beijing's military ambition in Vanuatu would likely be realized incrementally, possibly beginning wi...Keep on reading: China eyes permanent military base in Pacific Ocean – report.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsApr 10th, 2018

Batang Gilas faces China for Fiba Asia U16 finals berth

Home team China ousted Lebanon, 80-71, and set up a semifinals date with Batang Gilas on Saturday in the Fiba Asia Under 16 Championships in Foshan. Tip-off for their battle for a finals berth is at 6pm at Lingnan Mingzhu Gymnasium. The Chinese also punched their ticket for Fiba Under-17 World Cup, joining the Philippines, New Zealand and Australia for the June tournament in Argentina. READ:Batang Gilas escapes Japan, qualifies for Fiba U17 World Cup Earlier, the Filipinos led by Kai Sotto and Christian Calimag turned back Japan, 72-70. Sun Haoqin topscored for China with 23 while Jiao Boqiao added 19 points and 14 boards. Australia and New Zealand, meanwhile, will ...Keep on reading: Batang Gilas faces China for Fiba Asia U16 finals berth.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsApr 6th, 2018

WATCH: 4 fiery endings for spacecraft

BEIJING, China – Shortly after the Tiangong-1 space station re-entered Earth's atmosphere on Monday, April 2 most of it was vaporised, Chinese space officials said, with the remnants expected to have plopped harmlessly somewhere into the Pacific Ocean. The defunct space lab joins a long list of craft that have burned ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsApr 2nd, 2018

Chinese space lab plunges back to Earth

BEIJING: A defunct Chinese space lab disintegrated under intense heat as it hurtled through Earth’s atmosphere on Monday and plunged to a watery grave in the South Pacific, Chinese officials said. The Tiangong-1 “mostly” burnt up above the vast ocean’s central region at 8:15 a.m. Beijing time (0015 GMT), China’s Manned Space Engineering Office said. [...] The post Chinese space lab plunges back to Earth appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsApr 2nd, 2018

Defunct Chinese space lab plunges back to Earth over Pacific

BEIJING, China – A defunct Chinese space lab plunged through Earth's atmosphere on Monday, April 2, breaking apart as it headed towards a watery grave in the South Pacific, Beijing said. The Tiangong-1 "mostly" burnt up above the vast ocean's central region at 8:15 am (0015 GMT), China's Manned Space Engineering ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsApr 2nd, 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 NewsMar 20th, 2018

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