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Mattis pushes closer ties to Vietnam amid tension with China

WASHINGTON --- By making a rare second trip this year to Vietnam, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis is signaling how intensively the Trump administration is trying to counter China's military assertiveness by cozying up to smaller nations in the region that share American wariness about Chinese intentions. The visit beginning Tuesday also shows how far U.S.-Vietnamese relations have advanced since the tumultuous years of the Vietnam War. Mattis, a retired general who entered the Marine Corps during Vietnam but did not serve there, visited Hanoi in January. By coincidence, that stop came just days before the 50th anniversary of the Tet Offensive in 1968. Tet was a turning point wh...Keep on reading: Mattis pushes closer ties to Vietnam amid tension with China.....»»

Category: newsSource: inquirer inquirerOct 14th, 2018

Probe of workers won’t hurt PH-China ties, senators say

  Senators on Saturday said they saw no reason for tension to arise between Manila and Beijing over the planned investigation and crackdown on illegal Chinese workers amid concerns that foreigners may be stealing jobs from Filipinos.   Senate President Vicente Sotto III said the Chinese government actually supported moves against Chinese nationals who violated Philippine laws.   Sen. Joel Villanueva, who chairs the Senate labor committee, was set to open on Monday an investigation of the entry of Chinese nationals who work illegally and operate clandestine gambling operations in the Philippines.   Sotto said the planned probe "won't cause any ...Keep on reading: Probe of workers won’t hurt PH-China ties, senators say.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsNov 24th, 2018

Vietnam fostering ties with the Philippines amid rapprochement with China

In August 2018, President Duterte conveyed to his countrymen that he expected China would be fair on the South China Sea dispute and that they should accept Beijing as a good neighbor. He told his fellow Filipinos: “I am sure that in the end, China will be fair and the equity will be distributed.” He predicted that “in the days to come, we would realize that China…is really a good neighbor.”.....»»

Category: financeSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsNov 13th, 2018

China loans, grants to fund 18 projects

Amid closer ties between Manila and Beijing, 18 projects and programs worth a total of P731.7 billion will be rolled out during President Duterte's term through loans and grants from China. Na.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsAug 13th, 2018

Xi Jinping touts Vladimir Putin ties as U.S. tensions bring them closer

BEIJING, China – President Xi Jinping gave China's first friendship medal to Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin on Friday, June 8, as the neighboring giants touted their close ties amid diplomatic and economic challenges from the US. Xi placed the large golden medal around Putin's neck at the grandiose Great Hall of ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJun 8th, 2018

US carrier on historic Vietnam visit amid sea rift with China

A US aircraft carrier arrived in Vietnam for the first time since the end of the war, as the former foes bolster military ties in the face of Beijing's build-up in the disputed South China Sea......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsApr 12th, 2018

U.S. gives boats to Vietnam amid South China Sea tensions

HANOI, Vietnam – The US delivered six patrol boats and equipment worth a combined $20 million to Vietnam, the US embassy in Hanoi said Thursday, March 29, as the former foes boost ties amid continuing tensions in the South China Sea.  Hanoi and Washington have improved defense links in recent ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsMar 29th, 2018

US carrier on historic Vietnam visit amid sea rift with China

VIETNAM — A US aircraft carrier arrived in Vietnam on Monday for the first time since the end of the war, as the former foes bolster military ties in the fac.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMar 6th, 2018

China pushes economic diplomacy amid warm Philippine ties

China pushes economic diplomacy amid warm Philippine ties.....»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsMay 7th, 2017

Tough South China Sea talks ahead as Vietnam seeks to curb China’s actions

HONG KONG — Tough negotiations lie ahead over a new pact between China and Southeast Asian nations aimed at easing tensions in the South China Sea, as Vietnam pushes for provisions likely to prove unpalatable to Beijing, documents reviewed by Reuters suggest. Hanoi wants the pact to outlaw many of the actions China has carried […] The post Tough South China Sea talks ahead as Vietnam seeks to curb China’s actions appeared first on Interaksyon......»»

Category: newsSource:  interaksyonRelated NewsDec 31st, 2018

Xi State Visit Aftermath: What Joint Energy Exploration

Screengrab from RTVMalacanang's Youtube account.AMID TENSION over China's continuing intrusion in the West Philippine Sea, Chinese President XiJinping flew to the Philippines on November 20.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated NewsDec 12th, 2018

Xi State Visit Aftermath: What Joint Energy Exploration

Screengrab from RTVMalacanang's Youtube account.AMID TENSION over China's continuing intrusion in the West Philippine Sea, Chinese President XiJinping flew to the Philippines on November 20.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsDec 12th, 2018

Xi heads to Portugal as China worries EU partners | The Manila Times Online

LISBON: Chinese President Xi Jinping arrives in Portugal on Tuesday for a two-day visit to strengthen ties, amid concern in some EU capitals over Chinas growing influence on the continent.READ The pos.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated NewsDec 6th, 2018

Xi heads to Portugal as China’s influence worries EU partners

LISBON: Chinese President Xi Jinping arrives in Portugal Tuesday for a two-day visit to strengthen ties, amid concern in some EU capitals over China’s growing influence on the continent. Fresh…READ The post Xi heads to Portugal as China’s influence worries EU partners appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsDec 4th, 2018

Xi heads to Portugal as China s influence worries EU partners | The Manila Times Online

LISBON: Chinese President Xi Jinping arrives in Portugal Tuesday for a two-day visit to strengthen ties, amid concern in some EU capitals over Chinas growing influence on the continent. FreshREAD The.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated NewsDec 4th, 2018

PH may fall into debt trap with China funds, says firm

Turning to China for financing President Duterte's infrastructure program may lead the government to make the same mistakes made by other Asian countries that have fallen not only into a debt but also corruption trap, London-based Capital Economics said on Thursday.   "By seeking closer ties and increased investment from China, President Duterte of the Philippines risks repeating the mistakes made by other countries in the region. With the current account deficit already approaching unsustainable levels and given the corruption problems associated with Chinese investment projects elsewhere in Asia, the Philippines would be better off shunning Chinese investment," Capital Econo...Keep on reading: PH may fall into debt trap with China funds, says firm.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsNov 22nd, 2018

Xi pushes for ‘maritime mechanism’ to ease South China Sea tension – Zubiri

        Xi now dubbed the disputed territory as the "Sea of Peace, Friendship and Cooperation," Senate Majority Leader Juan Miguel Zubiri told reporters at the Senate.   Zubiri said the Chinese leader talked about the disputed territory when he met with the leaders of Philippine Congress at a hotel in Taguig City.   The meeting, he said, was also attended by Senate President Vicente "Tito" Sotto III, Senate President Pro Tempore Ralph Recto, and Senators Gringo Honasan and Panfilo Lacson, Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and other House leaders.   "Ang binanggit po nya (Xi), maganda naman daw pinag usapan nila ni Preside...Keep on reading: Xi pushes for ‘maritime mechanism’ to ease South China Sea tension – Zubiri.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsNov 21st, 2018

Japan PM Abe visits Australia s Darwin, 75 years after WWII bombing

DARWIN, Australia – Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe made a historic visit to Darwin on Friday, November 16, some 75 years after Japan bombed the northern Australian city, as the two countries cement ties in the face of an emergent China. Trade and closer defense relations are the centrepieces of Abe's ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsNov 16th, 2018

PH, Vietnam troops hold exercises, play sports in Spratlys

Philippine and Vietnamese troops held joint exercises and played sports in the Spratly Islands in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea), a sign they see as improving ties between the two naval forces.   The activities for the one-day event held last Nov. 10 were held on the Philippine-occupied Parola Island (Northeast Cay). The Naval Forces West contingent led by Capt. Carlos Sabarre welcomed 63 members of the Vietnamese Navy.   "Interpersonal interaction like this intends to develop friendship, camaraderie and understanding between the two navies as well as enhance cordial relations while both engage on sports events and other field games, socio-cultural ex...Keep on reading: PH, Vietnam troops hold exercises, play sports in Spratlys.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsNov 15th, 2018

Japan, India Leaders Agree to Step up Defense, Economic Ties

TOKYO - The leaders of Japan and India agreed Monday to step up their cooperation in defense, trade and a range or other areas amid China's growing influence in the region.Japanese Prime Min.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsOct 29th, 2018

Japan, India Leaders Agree to Step up Defense, Economic Ties

TOKYO - The leaders of Japan and India agreed Monday to step up their cooperation in defense, trade and a range or other areas amid China's growing influence in the region.Japanese Prime Min.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated NewsOct 29th, 2018