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DICT allays fears of security threat from Chinese telco

DICT yesterday allayed fears of security threat from the Duterte administration’s decision allowing one of three leading Chinese firms to compete with the existing telecommunications duopoly in the Philippines. #BeFullyInformed DICT allays fears of security threat from Chinese telco The Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) yesterday allayed fears of security threat from the… link: DICT allays fears of security threat from Chinese telco.....»»

Category: newsSource: manilainformer manilainformerJan 24th, 2018

China allays security threats fear over entry of Chinese telecom to Philippines

MANILA, Philippines — China on Thursday said it has reminded Chinese enterprises abroad to follow international and domestic laws, dousing fears of some Phil.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 20th, 2018

De Lima: Duterte turning PH into China’s satellite state

Detained Sen. Leila de Lima on Tuesday accused the Duterte administration of turning the Philippines into a "Chinese satellite state" with the impending entry of a Chinese telco company into the country. De Lima warned that the entry of China Telecom Corp. Ltd., China's largest telecommunications company, posed a security threat to the Philippines' information and communication infrastructure. "Do we really want a country who has most interest in undermining our national security to have a major role in our public utilities, especially communications?" De Lima said in a statement. "What will assure us that in the future, our national security and whole intelligence and defen...Keep on reading: De Lima: Duterte turning PH into China’s satellite state.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsDec 19th, 2017

Chinese Firm in Telcos, No Threat to Nat’l Security

Officials on Tuesday assured that the entry of a Chinese firm, as well as Chinese equipment, in the telecommunications industry does not pose a threat to cybersecurity or even national security for that matter. The assurance was made by Acting Information and Communications Technology Secretary Eliseo Rio and National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon Jr. during […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  metrocebuRelated NewsNov 28th, 2018

Mislatel consortium says national security a ‘top priority’

Mislatel consortium on Tuesday sought to dispel fears that the entry of its foreign partner, China Telecom, into the Philippines’ wireless communications industry could pose a threat to national security......»»

Category: financeSource:  philstarRelated NewsNov 20th, 2018

China Telecom, PT& T eye 3rd telco bid

MANILA, Philippines – The Chinese company which was earlier touted to be preferred by President Rodrigo Duterte to be the country's 3rd major telecommunications player formalized its intent to bid, the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) announced on Friday, October 12. China Telecom was ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsOct 12th, 2018

Protest in Hong Kong over China suppression

HONG KONG, China --- Protesters marched in Hong Kong Monday against suppression by Beijing as fears grow that freedoms in the semi-autonomous city are seriously under threat. Official numbers were way down on last year's event with organisers estimating 1,500 had turned out, compared with tens of thousands in 2017. But an AFP journalist at the scene estimated slightly higher, although crowds Monday were visibly smaller than the previous year. The pro-democracy protest comes a week after Hong Kong banned a pro-independence party on the grounds it was a threat to national security, the first time a political party has been prohibited since the city was handed back to China by ...Keep on reading: Protest in Hong Kong over China suppression.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsOct 1st, 2018

In a first, Hong Kong bans pro-independence political party

HONG KONG --- Authorities in Hong Kong on Monday took an unprecedented step to quash separatist voices by banning a political party that advocates independence for the southern Chinese territory on national security grounds. John Lee, the territory's secretary for security, announced that the Hong Kong National Party would be prohibited from operation from Monday. At a briefing, Lee said the political party led by 27-year-old Andy Chan posed a threat to national security because it wants Hong Kong to be an independent republic and has taken steps to push this agenda. Lee cited as examples alleged plans by the party to recruit members and infiltrate schools to promote its views....Keep on reading: In a first, Hong Kong bans pro-independence political party.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsSep 24th, 2018

Trump readies final China tariff target list

WASHINGTON, D.C.: US President Donald Trump on Friday was due to unveil a final list of Chinese imports that would face punishing tariffs, fanning fears of a trade war as Beijing warned that it could swiftly strike back. The threat of massive duties on billions of dollars of goods sent Shanghai stocks to their lowest [...] The post Trump readies final China tariff target list appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsJun 15th, 2018

Trump preps China tariff target list, Beijing ready to retaliate

US President Donald Trump on Friday was due to unveil a final list of Chinese imports that would face punishing tariffs, fanning fears of a trade war as Beijing warned that it could swiftly strike back. The threat of massive duties on billions of dollars of goods sent Shanghai stocks to their lowest level since […] The post Trump preps China tariff target list, Beijing ready to retaliate appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Category: newsSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsJun 15th, 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

Huawei denies collecting Facebook user data

BEIJING, China – Huawei has denied collecting data from Facebook users after the social media giant confirmed that the Chinese phone maker deemed a national security threat by the US was among companies given access to user information. Huawei was able to access Facebook data to get the leading social network to ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJun 7th, 2018

Draft terms for 3rd telco player out

THE GOVERNMENT’s bid to improve telecommunications services in the country has taken a step forward with the Department of Information and Communications Technology’s (DICT) release on Monday of draft criteria for selecting the third major service provider. The draft joint memorandum circular — to be issued by the Department of Finance (DoF), DICT, National Security […] The post Draft terms for 3rd telco player out appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Category: financeSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsFeb 19th, 2018

Taiwan warns Chinese military drills pose enormous threat

  TAIPEI, Taiwan – Frequent and increased Chinese military drills pose an "enormous threat" to Taiwan's security, Taipei warned on Tuesday, December 26, in an annual defense review that starkly highlighted rising cross-strait tensions. China views Taiwan as part of its territory to be reunified at some point – by military ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsDec 26th, 2017

Switzerland expels French-Tunisian man over terror fears

GENEVA, Switzerland – Swiss police said Saturday, December 16, they had expelled a person facing criminal charges in Switzerland for suspected links to a terrorist group, over fears he poses a threat to national security. Federal police confirmed to the Agence France-Presse (AFP) their "decision to expel a person who is ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsDec 17th, 2017

Palace: Entry of Chinese telco part of boosting ties with Beijing

THE Duterte administration is not opening its doors to foreign telecommunications companies unless they are from China, a Malacanang spokesman said on Tuesday. Secretary Harry Roque issued the statement as President Rodrigo Duterte has been criticized for allegedly favoring the entry of China Telecom. Lawmakers raised security concerns over the entry of a telecommunications firm [...] The post Palace: Entry of Chinese telco part of boosting ties with Beijing appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsDec 12th, 2017

DND allays fears of terrorist attacks in PH despite Aussie travel advisory

DND allayed fears of terrorist attacks in the country following the issuance of a travel advisory by the Australian government, citing high threat of terror attack. #BeFullyInformed DND allays fears of terrorist attacks in PH despite Aussie travel advisory The Department of National Defense (DND) allayed fears of terrorist attacks in the country following the… link: DND allays fears of terrorist attacks in PH despite Aussie travel advisory.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsNov 4th, 2017

Palace allays fears of public, tourists in Bohol

MANILA, Philippines - There is no need for tourists or Lenten travelers to cancel their trips to Bohol as security forces have contained threats from the Abu.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsApr 12th, 2017

Japan mulls more aggressive military stance as North Korean threat looms – CNN News

Japan is considering a further step away from its long-held pacifist stance with a proposal which would allow it, for the first time since World War II, to strike overseas targets. The proposal from the ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) advocates adopting new measures to address missile threats from North Korea, including ramping up Japan's missile defense capabilities and, in a departure from its postwar constitution, developing the &'8220;capacity to counterattack enemy bases&'8221; in the event of a missile attack on the country. Hiroshi Imazu, chair of the Research Commission on Security for the LDP, and former Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera, submitted the proposal on missile defense to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. Onodera, who led the panel, told press after the meeting that Japan's current systems might not be able to cope with a barrage of attacks. &'8220;There are limitations (of our) ballistic missile defense (BMD) if several missiles are fired,&'8221; he said. &'8220;Neutralizing an enemy base (and preventing the launch of) the second and third missiles is within the range of self-defense. It is not a preemptive strike,&'8221; he added. Anxiety in Japan follows a recent string of North Korean missile tests. Earlier this month, Pyongyang fired four intermediate-range ballistic missiles, three of which landed less than 200 nautical miles off the Japanese coast. Abe said that his government would seriously consider the proposal. &'8220;We assess that the threat (from North Korea) has advanced to a new stage, we take it seriously. This assessment is shared by the United States,&'8221; he said Thursday. &'8220;We intend to grasp today's proposal firmly.&'8221; Jeff Kingston, director of Asian studies at Temple University in Tokyo, told CNN Abe is in a &'8220;pretty good position&'8221; to push the changes through the Diet, Japan's parliament. &'8220;In many different ways Abe is pushing the envelope against postwar norms and values,&'8221; Kingston said. However, &'8220;recent (North Korean) tests put wind in his sails and given that he controls both houses of the Diet he's in a pretty good position.&'8221; Japan has not launched an attack on foreign soil since World War II. Currently, any Japanese counterattack on North Korea would need to come from US forces because Tokyo doesn't have all the equipment needed to carry out long-range strikes, analysts said. &'8220;They can bomb anyone landing on one of Japan's main islands&' but they can't strike Chinese or North Korean air bases or missile sites,&'8221; said Carl Schuster, a former director of operations at the US Pacific Command's Joint Intelligence Center. Schuster points out that Japanese warplanes don't carry the equipment necessary to suppress enemy air defenses. &'8220;They can defend. but they can't punch back,&'8221; he said. Renho Murata, the leader of the opposition Democratic Party of Japan, said she was concerned the new proposals indicated that &'8220;the cornerstones of the peaceful nation of Japan&'8221; were &'8220;falling down.&'8221; The politician, who is universally known in Japan by her given name, Renho, added that what constituted a &'8220;counterattack&'8221; would need to be carefully considered. The LDP proposal also suggests Japan ramp up its current defense systems, including the introduction of the US-developed THAAD and Aegis missile defense systems, and accelerate early warning satellite development. It also suggests that Japan's government clarify its legal ability to intercept threats to vessels operating in its 200 kilometer (124 mile) exclusive economic zone (EEZ). Japan mulls more aggressive military stance as North Korean threat looms By Euan McKirdy and Junko Ogura, CNN Updated 0235 GMT (1035 HKT) March 31, 2017 Now PlayingJapan prepares for&' Source: CNN Japan prepares for potential N. Korea attack 02:39 Story highlights Shift would enable targeting overseas 'enemy bases' in the event of a strike on Japan Proposed changes to Japan's military stance come on the heels of 2015 reinterpretation of pacifist constitution Tokyo (CNN)Japan is considering a further step away from its long-held pacifist stance with a proposal which would allow it, for the first time since World War II, to strike overseas targets. The proposal from the ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) advocates adopting new measures to address missile threats from North Korea, including ramping up Japan's missile defense capabilities and, in a departure from its postwar constitution, developing the &'8220;capacity to counterattack enemy bases&'8221; in the event of a missile attack on the country. Hiroshi Imazu, chair of the Research Commission on Security for the LDP, and former Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera, submitted the proposal on missile defense to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. Onodera, who led the panel, told press after the meeting that Japan's current systems might not be able to cope with a barrage of attacks. &'8220;There are limitations (of our) ballistic missile defense (BMD) if several missiles are fired,&'8221; he said. &'8220;Neutralizing an enemy base (and preventing the launch of) the second and third missiles is within the range of self-defense. It is not a preemptive strike,&'8221; he added. Anxiety in Japan follows a recent string of North Korean missile tests. Earlier this month, Pyongyang fired four intermediate-range ballistic missiles, three of which landed less than 200 nautical miles off the Japanese coast. Abe said that his government would seriously consider the proposal. &'8220;We assess that the threat (from North Korea) has advanced to a new stage, we take it seriously. This assessment is shared by the United States,&'8221; he said Thursday. &'8220;We intend to grasp today's proposal firmly.&'8221; Jeff Kingston, director of Asian studies at Temple University in Tokyo, told CNN [&'].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanaoexaminerRelated NewsMar 31st, 2017

Palace allays fears on martial law threat - Philippine Star

Palace allays fears on martial law threat - Philippine Star.....»»

Category: newsSource:  googlenewsRelated NewsMar 10th, 2017