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IN PHOTOS: Fisherfolk slam China on eve of Independence Day

MANILA, Philippines – Fisherfolk-members of activist group Akbayan trooped to the Chinese consulate in Makati City on Monday, June 11, to slam China's reported thievery and harassment of Filipinos in Panatag Shoal (Scarborough Shoal). Carrying fishing nets and fish-shaped protest signs, the protesters called on Filipinos to ........»»

Category: newsSource: rappler rapplerJun 11th, 2018

Tens of thousands rally for Taiwan independence vote

TAIPEI, Taiwan – Tens of thousands of Taiwan independence campaigners took to the streets Saturday, October 20, for a major rally that is a rebuke to Beijing and a challenge to the island's already embattled government. The protest in central Taipei came as China increasingly pushes its claim to the self-ruling democratic island ........»»

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Djokovic wins Shanghai to close on world No.1 Nadal

    SHANGHAI, China – The "new" Novak Djokovic warned that he was gunning for Rafael Nadal's world No. 1 ranking after winning the Shanghai Masters with a 6-3, 6-4 victory over Borna Coric on Sunday, October 14. The 14-time Grand Slam champion has been imperious all week and barely offered a sniff ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsOct 15th, 2018

Alice in Chinese resto wonderland

Afraid of rice? At China Blue, you can opt for barley. PHOTOS BY MARGAUX SALCEDO I have so much respect for chefs who continually hone their craft, always learning, exploring, experimenting, pushin.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsOct 14th, 2018

Reporters Without Borders urges Hong Kong to renew journalist s visa

MANILA, Philippines – International media watchdog Reporters Without Borders (RSF) on Tuesday, October 9, urged Hong Kong to cancel its "extraordinary" decision denying British journalist Victor Mallet a working visa. Mallet, Financial Times' Asia news editor, hosted in August a talk by Andy Chan, an activist advocating the city's independence from China. ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsOct 9th, 2018

Li Na says Naomi Osaka needs desire to go further

  HONG KONG, China – Chinese tennis great Li Na said US Open champion Naomi Osaka can go on and win multiple Grand Slam titles – if she can find the inner desire to match her physical abilities. Osaka has admitted feeling burdened by expectations after last month's stunning victory in New ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsOct 8th, 2018

Hong Kong denies Financial Times journalist visa after independence talk

HONG KONG, China – Hong Kong has refused to renew the visa of a senior Financial Times journalist who hosted a talk by an activist advocating the city's independence from China, the newspaper said Friday, October 5. Rights groups and media organizations said the decision was unprecedented and highlighted growing threats ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsOct 6th, 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

World’s biggest statue rising in a remote corner of India

  The world's biggest statue is rising in a remote corner of India to honor an independence hero but it could quickly be outdone by a monument to a Hindu warrior king in the sea off Mumbai. In a burst of nationalist fervour, around one billion dollars is being spent on the two giant effigies, each more than twice as tall as the Statue of Liberty. A 182-meter-high (600-foot-high) tribute to independence icon Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel in Gujarat state will be the first to dwarf the Spring Temple Buddha in China, currently the world's biggest statue at 128 meters (420 feet) in height. Pick-axes are also swinging for a 212-metre-high likeness of 17th-century king Chhatrap...Keep on reading: World’s biggest statue rising in a remote corner of India.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsSep 3rd, 2018

Villar to DA

Rethink importation policy SENATOR Cynthia Villar called on the agriculture department to rethink its policy of importation, stressing the danger it poses to the livelihood of small farmers and fisherfolk. Villar made this statement after the Department of Agriculture approved the importation of 17,000 metric tons of galunggong from China,….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsAug 30th, 2018

Picture-taking on mountain ends up in fist fight for Chinese tourists

How far would people go for the perfect Instagram-worthy shot? For two groups of Chinese tourists, a simple wish to take photos escalated into a nasty fist fight. Two groups of Chinese tourists ended up throwing fists while atop the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain in Yunnan province, China last Aug. 16. A video of the incident was circulated online by a witness, according to South China Morning Post on Aug. 21. As per the report, the brawl arose after the two groups had a dispute over a picture-perfect spot. Overcrowding at the mountain has been an ongoing problem, with tourists visiting every year just to take pictures at the scenic areas. Local police, however, said that violence i...Keep on reading: Picture-taking on mountain ends up in fist fight for Chinese tourists.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsAug 22nd, 2018

Tale of the Tape: How does the Philippines stack up against China?

The big day has come. The Philippine national men's basketball team, currently fondly dubbed by fans as the "Gilastopainters," will finally do battle with old rival and tormentor China in Group D of the Asian Games. Can the Philippines beat the mighty Chinese -- the winningest team in Asian Games history? Can the Gilastopainters break a 44-year drought when it comes to defeating the Big Red Machine? Let's see how our boys measure up on paper. Frontline: Advantage China It's easy to give the hulking Chinese the edge here, what with their having two 7-footers and a bevy of guys standing 6'8" or taller. The one to watch is 7'2" Houston Rocket Zhou Qi, who, despite being just 22 years old, could be the best overall big man in the Asian Games when all is said and done. He runs the floor well, can shoot from the perimeter, finishes strong around the cup, and blocks shots like nobody's business. His length, athleticism, and timing will be huge stumbling blocks for a Filipino frontline lacking anyone taller than 6'9. Aside from Zhou, other guys who certainly put the hurt on the Philippines are 7'0" Wang Zhelin and 6'8" Abudushalamu Abudurexiti. Wang was a bona fide NBA draft pick by Memphis in 2016, while Abudurexiti was China's best power forward in both the first and third windows of the FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers, averaging around 16 points and 8 rebounds. Needless to say, Poy Erram, Christian Standhardinger, Asi Taulava, Beau Belga, and Raymond Almazan will all have their hands full tonight. Wings: Advantage Philippines I'll go out on a limb and say that just by having Jordan Clarkson, the Filipinos will have the edge here, and that's despite China's having two-time CBA MVP Ding Yanyuhang. I don't think that, pound-for-pound, anyone on China can stop Clarkson from making his move and penetrating, though scoring on two 7-footers protecting the rim may be too much even for the Cleveland Cavalier guard. Still, Clarkson's scoring ability may be too much to handle for China at this level, and he'll definitely make Ding work extra hard on the defensive end. Gabe Norwood and James Yap will be key for the Philippines here. Defensively Gabe can hold his own against any of the Chinese wingmen, who will feature CBA Slam Dunk champion Zhao Tailong and three-point specialist Liu Zhixuan aside from Dallas Maverick signee Ding, while Yap's outside shooting will be crucial in helping spread China's D. Backcourt: Advantage Philippines As explosive as our wing scoring can be, it's really in the backcourt where the Philippines can flourish against China. Zhao Jiwei, one of China's top two point guards, was supposed to make it to Jakarta, but an injury has sidelined him, effectively handing over playmaking reigns to national team debutante Tian Yuxiang, the unsteady Fang Shuo, youngster Zhao Rui, and natural two-guard Sun Minghui -- another CBA Slam Dunk champion. Their main task will be trying to stop the athletic duo of Stanley Pringle and Maverick Ahanmisi, who combined for 22 points and 4 steals in their lopsided win over Kazakhstan last Thursday. Add prolific scorer Paul Lee to the mix, too, alongside the wily Chris Tiu, and, boy, China's guards may find themselves dancing to the wrong tune tonight. Pringle, of course, is going to be an x-factor. The 31-year-old will need to have another solid showing for the Philippines to really maximize their advantage in the backcourt. His penetration and decision-making will be barometers for the Filipinos' success here, so he needs to be aggressive and sharp. Coaching: Advantage China This is Yeng Guiao's first tour of duty with the national team in nearly ten years, while Li Nan has been coaching at the international level continuously since last year. Though Yeng has been coaching, on aggregate, for a much longer time, Li has been with this particular iteration of China's national team for more than a year now, and that familiarity with his team coupled with his experience in the Asian Qualifiers gives him the slight advantage. Of course, Li has not coached against a player like Jordan Clarkson yet, so he'll be thrown into the fire as well. I don't exactly know who has the tougher task here -- Yeng needs to find a way to limit the effectiveness of China's bigs, while Li needs to devise a scheme to slow Jordan Clarkson down. Neither is easy, but whoever gets to crack his puzzle should give his respective side a big boost. Overall, China can still be considered slight favorites in this matchup, owing to their collective recent international experience and their size, though they're one Jordan Clarkson or Stanley Pringle explosion away from starting their Asiad campaign on a losing note.  .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 21st, 2018

Pro- and anti-China lines harden in the Philippines

A protester holds a placard during a rally coinciding the Philippines' 120th Independence Day at the Chinese consulate in Manila, Philippines on Tuesday, 12 June 2018. Photo: AFP Forum/NurPhot.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated NewsAug 8th, 2018

Hundreds protest in Hong Kong vs attempt to ban pro-independence party

HONG KONG, China – Hundreds of people protested Saturday, July 21 in Hong Kong after police sought to ban a pro-independence political party, as Beijing ups pressure on challengers to its territorial sovereignty over the city. Authorities said the Hong Kong National Party (HKNP), a well-known but small group with a ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJul 21st, 2018

US dollar down on as Trump makes fresh threats vs China

The dollar dropped against the euro as comments by US President Donald Trump risked ratcheting up trade war tensions, while stocks diverged. Artjom Hatsaturjants, research analyst at Accendo Markets, said "market sentiment soured on President Trump criticising the Fed for hiking rates and threatening to go 'whole hog' on imposing tariffs on all $500 billion of Chinese imports to the US, further inflaming global trade tensions and putting at risk central bank independence". In an interview with CNBC television broadcast Friday, Trump threatened to slap all Chinese imported goods with tariffs, risking an escalation in global trade war tactics. "I'm ready to go 500," the Republican...Keep on reading: US dollar down on as Trump makes fresh threats vs China.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJul 20th, 2018

Filipinos slam inaction over row with China

MANILA: Eight out of 10 Filipinos, or 81 per cent, have expressed concern over the alleged government 'inaction' in asserting the country's sovereign rights by allowing China to purs.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsJul 18th, 2018

Filipinos slam ‘inaction’ over row with China

MANILA: Eight out of 10 Filipinos, or 81 per cent, have expressed concern over the alleged government ‘inaction’ in asserting the country’s sovereign rights by allowing China to purs Source link link: Filipinos slam ‘inaction’ over row with China.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsJul 17th, 2018

Serbs angrier at World Cup ref than at nationalist gestures

By Mike Corder, Associated Press KALININGRAD, Russia (AP) — Serbs appeared angrier Saturday at the referee who officiated their country's 2-1 World Cup defeat than at two Swiss players who provocatively flashed Albanian nationalist gestures after scoring. Years of simmering Balkan tensions surfaced at the World Cup on Friday night as Switzerland beat Serbia in Kaliningrad. The two Swiss goals came from ethnic Albanians Xherdan Shaqiri and Granit Xhaka, both of whom celebrated with a hand signal of the double-headed eagle on the Albanian flag. "The Swiss Provocation," wrote Serb nationalist daily newspaper Vecernje Novosti alongside photographs of the gestures and a picture of Shaqiri's boots, which have the Kosovo flag on one heel and the Swiss flag on the other. FIFA's disciplinary committee opened proceedings against the two for the politically charged goal celebrations. FIFA also said Saturday it has opened disciplinary proceedings against the Serbian Football Association for crowd disturbance and the display of political and offensive messages by Serbian fans. FIFA also is reviewing statements that Serbia coach Mladen Krstajic made after the match. The families of both goal scorers hail from Kosovo , the former Serb province whose 2008 declaration of independence is not recognized by Serbia and remains a source of friction between the Balkan neighbors. Thousands of Kosovo Albanians trekked across Europe in the 1990s, fleeing rising ethnic tensions that culminated in a bloody 1998-99 war of independence between ethnic Albanians and Serb forces that left about 10,000 people dead. Many settled in Switzerland, but still have strong feelings for their homeland — Xhaka's brother plays for the Albanian national team. Serbian football officials complained to FIFA, soccer's governing body, about the gestures, but appeared far angrier about the failure of German referee Felix Brych to use a video review when two Swiss defenders manhandled Serbia striker Aleksandar Mitrovic to the ground in the second half. Brych ignored Serbian players' penalty appeals. FIFA had no comment Saturday about the video decision. Serbian football association Vice President Savo Milosevic reacted angrily after the match. "I understand maybe the referee didn't see it, but that's why we put VAR (video assisted review) on," Milosevic said. "What are (those) guys doing up there?" Serbian newspapers gave more space to the VAR spat than to the nationalist gestures. In the Kosovo capital, Pristina, fans set off flares when the Swiss players scored . Fans in the Albanian capital, Tirana, cheered as they watched the match on outdoor screens. Kosovo's president Hashim Thaci wrote on Twitter: "Congratulations to goalscorers Xhaka, Shaqiri and entire #Switzerland on a well deserved win! Proud of you." He finished his tweet: "Kosova ju don!" — an Albanian phrase meaning "Kosovo loves you!" Thaci is due to meet his Serbian counterpart Aleksandar Vucic in Brussels on Sunday for European Union-brokered talks on their countries' strained relationship. Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama posted on his Facebook page photos of Shaqiri and Xhaka with their hands crossed in the two-headed eagle symbol and wrote: "Photo of the day." Meanwhile in Kaliningrad the day after the match, fans of both sides were not impressed by the gestures. "Politics shouldn't be mixed in with sports," said Stefan Gabrilovic, a Serbia supporter who lives in Australia. "I mean, it's not right, it's not right at all." Switzerland fan Mannie Affolter agreed. "I think it's not necessary but I cannot stop them," Affolter said. "For me it's too political, they should concentrate on sports. I don't like it either." Switzerland coach Vladimir Petkovic, who was born in Bosnia, another Balkan nation that fought a war of independence as Yugoslavia collapsed in the 1990s, didn't approve, either. "You should never mix politics and football. You should always show respect," he said after the match. "It's a wonderful atmosphere and a positive experience and that's what football should be about." ____ Associated Press writers Dusan Stojanovic in Belgrade and Llazar Semini in Tirana, Albania, contributed......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 24th, 2018

No More Fish in the Sea: Masinloc Fisherfolk Speak Up

OBSCURE DIPLOMACY aside, there are other aspects of China's presence in Philippine waters worth reporting.The plight of the fishermen, harassed or taunted, even prevented, by Chinese vessels.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated NewsJun 22nd, 2018

Leni Robredo’s salute in the rain on Independence Day gets cheers and jeers

Photos and videos of Vice President Leni Robredo saluting the Philippine flag under the rain during the Independence Day rites at Rizal Park spread online and got both cheers and jeers. Those who praised it described her as someone to emulate, particularly describing her “snappy salute” to the national flag. Others lauded the photo taken […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  interaksyonRelated NewsJun 14th, 2018

Filipino fishermen want full access to lagoon at Panatag Shoal

IBA, Zambales --- Filipino fishermen on Thursday have urged the Philippine government to make an agreement with its Chinese counterpart to give them full access to the lagoon at Panatag Shoal (Scarborough Shoal) in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea). "Ang panawagan po namin sa Presidente magkaron ng agreement na payagan na po totally namin na ma-access namin yung kabuuan ng shoal kasi limited po ang aming galaw (We call upon the President to have a deal [with China] that would allow us to fully access the shoal because our moves in the area are limited)," said Rolly Bernal, president of Scarborough Fisherfolk Association. The military initiated a consultative dialogue with t...Keep on reading: Filipino fishermen want full access to lagoon at Panatag Shoal.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJun 14th, 2018