PH agrees to hold bilateral talks with China to resolve sea conflict

  We're on our own.   In a policy shift, the Philippines has decided to go it alone in dealing with China to find a final solution to their territorial dispute in the West Philippine Sea.   The West Philippine Sea is the waters within the Philippines' 370-kilometer (EEZ) in the heavily disputed South China Sea.   Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque on Thursday confirmed a report by Chinese state media that President Duterte promised Chinese President Xi Jinping when they met in Vietnam on Saturday that the Philippines would now "properly handle maritime issues with China based on bilateral consensus via bilateral channels."   Chin...Keep on reading: PH agrees to hold bilateral talks with China to resolve sea conflict.....»»

Category: newsSource: inquirer inquirerNov 17th, 2017

Yasay: Philippines not ready for bilateral talks with China

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippines is not yet prepared to hold bilateral discussions with China to resolve the South China Sea dispute, Foreign Affairs Se.....»»

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PH & China to hold bilateral talks

PH & China to hold bilateral talks.....»»

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Nation: Talks on South China Sea expected to touch on Chinese defense system there

THE INAUGURAL bilateral consultations that the Philippines and China will hold today on the South China Sea issue will also touch on Beijing's reported installation of rocket launchers in a disputed reef in the sea......»»

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READ | Despite UN court victory, PH agrees to bilateral talks with China on sea row

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READ | Despite UN court victory, PH agrees to bilateral talks with China on sea row

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PH, China to resume bilateral talks amid territorial dispute

The Philippines and China have agreed to resume bilateral “dialogue and consultation” to properly resolve the thorny dispute in the South China Sea......»»

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PH in no hurry to start bilateral talks with China

The Philippine government is in no hurry to hold bilateral talks with China but would like to start with “things that you can agree on” and avoid confrontation, Malacañang said on Friday......»»

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GoodSec. Yasay rejected preconditioned bilateral talks

WE, the Philippines, should welcome having bilateral talks with Chinaor any country for that matterto resolve any issue. But the talks should not have preconditions. And we should make it clear that our position will not, in any manner or … Re.....»»

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South China Sea ruling: Philippines refuses to hold bilateral talks with China

BEIJING, China - Chinese state media has criticised street protests by young people in the country who are expressing their anger over the international tribunals ruling which cancelled Chinas c.....»»

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China urges US, NKorea to hold talks ‘sooner than later’

BEIJING: China’s foreign minister urged the United States and North Korea Thursday to start talks as soon as possible, stressing that “the sincerity” of all parties to solve the nuclear crisis would be tested. Foreign Minister Wang Yi cautiously welcomed Seoul’s announcement that Pyongyang had offered to hold denuclearisation talks with the United States in [...] The post China urges US, NKorea to hold talks ‘sooner than later’ appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

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DFA won’t file diplomatic protest over Chinese names

  Not a "diplomatic protest" but a "bilateral dialogue."   This is the "mechanism" the Philippines would be using in handling the issue regarding China's naming of five undersea features in the Philippine (formerly Benham) Rise, Foreign Undersecretary Ernesto Abella said.   The issue was discussed during bilateral consultation talks last month when the Philippines also raised with China the "unauthorized" research conducted by the Institute of Oceanology of the Chinese Academy of Sciences in 2004, which led to the naming of five features in the Philippine Rise.   "The Philippine government is planning to contest the China-named features in the...Keep on reading: DFA won’t file diplomatic protest over Chinese names.....»»

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Cayetano: Administration unwavering in duty to protect PH sea claims

Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano on Wednesday assured that the Duterte administration would be "unwavering" in protecting its territorial claims as it continued bilateral talks with China on the West Philippine Sea dispute.   In a statement on Wednesday, Cayetano disclosed that Filipino and Chinese delegates met for the second meeting of the Bilateral Consultation Mechanism on the South China Sea (BCM) on February 13, Tuesday.   Cayetano said that during the BCM, which served as a venue to settle differences "amicably," the Philippine side brought up its "territorial claims and sovereignty rights issues, and discussed how to manage and prevent incid...Keep on reading: Cayetano: Administration unwavering in duty to protect PH sea claims.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsFeb 14th, 2018

SABAH IS OURS! ‘Malaysia tightens grip on mineral-rich island of Sulu sultanate’

MALAYSIA HAS tightened its grip on Sabah which is being claimed by the Sultanate of Sulu following a proposal – by a member of the Philippines’ 25-man consultative committee tasked with reviewing and proposing amendments to the Constitution – to include the mineral-rich island as the country’s 13th federal state. Former senator Aquilino Pimentel Jr made the proposal while Filipino lawmakers are preparing to amend the 1987 Constitution and shift from presidential to federal form of government. He said the Duterte administration should continue to push for the country’s claim to Sabah in a way acceptable to international laws. “There should be a way that is acceptable under international laws to assert our claim to Sabah. I think we can defer it a little bit more, but to say that we stop doing it is not in the context of my proposal,” he told ABS-CBN Television recently. He also wanted Scarborough and Spratlys – which is being claimed by China and other ASEAN countries as theirs – to be part of the federated states of the Philippines.  Pimentel has also proposed the following to form part of the federal states Northern Luzon, Central Luzon, Southern Luzon, Bicol, Eastern Visayas, Central Visayas, Western Visayas, Minparom, Northern Mindanao, Southern Mindanao, Bangsamoro and Metro Manila as its capital. “Eventually once we have asserted our sovereignty and rights over Sabah, we should include Sabah. Not only Sabah, but also Scarborough, Benham Rise, and Spratlys,” Pimentel said. According to a report by Channel News Asia, Kuala Lumpur has strongly rejected Pimentel’s proposal to include Sabah as a federal state of the Philippines. “Malaysia is aware of remarks made by Mr Aquilino Pimentel Jr, a member of the Philippines’ Consultative Committee, which appeared in the media on the claim on Sabah recently,” it said, citing Malaysian Foreign Minister Anifah Aman as saying in a press statement. “The Government of Malaysia reiterates its position that Malaysia does not recognise and will not entertain any claims by any party on Sabah. Sabah is recognised by the United Nations and the international community as part of Malaysia since the formation of the Federation on 16 September 1963,” Anifah said. “Therefore, statements such as these will only expose the ignorance of history and international law of those who make them, as well as potentially harming the excellent bilateral relations which Malaysia and the Philippines currently enjoy.” Death Sentence Just last month, Malaysia’s Supreme Court upheld the death sentence for 9 Filipinos who were charged with waging war against the Malaysian King during the 2013 assault on Lahad Datu in Sabah. The Filipinos have been identified as Julham Rashid, 70; Virgilio Nemar Patulada, 53; Salib Akhmad Emali, 65; Tani Lahad Dahi, 64; Basad Manuel, 42; Datu Amirbahar Hushin Kiram, 54; Atik Hussin Abu Bakar, 46; Al Wazir Osman, 62; and Ismail Yasin, 77. Chief Justice Md Raus Sharif said the January 15 decision of the five-man panel of the Federal Court was unanimous, according to reports by The Star and Asia News Network, adding, the panel agreed with the Court of Appeal that the death sentence was the most appropriate based on the findings of the facts of the case. The other judges were Chief Judge of Malaya Ahmad Maarop, Chief Judge of Sabah and Sarawak Richard Malanjun, and Justices Ramly Ali and Azahar Mohamed. Basad Manuel is the son of the Jamalul Kiram III, the self-proclaimed Sultan of Sulu, who died from multiple organ failure in Manila in 2013. The bloody incursion by some 200 followers of Kiram from the southern Philippines in February 2013 was inspired by the supposed sultan’s claims of historical dominion over Sabah. The two-month siege was the most serious security crisis faced by Malaysia in years, involving armed conflict between the Sultan’s loyal followers and the Malaysian armed forces sent to root them out. The panel also dismissed the prosecution’s appeal against the acquittal of 14 men on the charge of waging war against the King and terrorist-related offences linked to the intrusion from Feb 12 to April 10, 2013, the reports further said. Chief Justice Md Raus said the panel has no reason to decide otherwise and affirmed the decision by the Court of Appeal delivered last June. At the height of fighting between Kiram’s followers and security forces, Malaysia deployed armoured vehicles and combat helicopters, including naval boats in an effort to flush out the Filipinos on the oil-rich island being claimed by both sides. About a dozen armoured personnel vehicles arrived in the town of Lahad Datu to support ground troops hunting down at least 50 members of the Sultanate of Sulu headed by Raja Muda Agbimuddin, the sultan’s younger brother. The group intruded Sabah in February 2013 to exert claim over Sabah, citing historical and legal claims, but Malaysia rejected this and launched a massive assault on about 200 of the sultan’s men following a deadline for them to surrender peacefully. The assault by Malaysian jets and ground artilleries left at least 62 intruders dead, but the fighting between the two groups also killed and wounded 18 Malaysian policemen and soldiers. Malaysia arrested more than 300 Filipinos who are suspected of supporting or aiding Raja Muda Agbimuddin’s group under a strict anti-terrorism law. More than 2,000 Filipino Muslims have returned to Sulu and Tawi-Tawi provinces after fleeing Sabah in 2013 for fear they would be arrested in a massive crackdown launched by Malaysian on illegal immigrants and […].....»»

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India, China hold talks on long-running border dispute

NEW DELHI — India and China on yesterday discussed ways to prevent a repeat of a recent face-off between their armed forces at a Himalayan plateau where thei.....»»

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DND: PHL, China stress ‘peaceful, non-coercive’ means to settle disputes

National security officials from of the Philippines and China met on Friday for the 5th Annual Defense Security Talks (ADST) aimed to bolster bilateral defense cooperation between the two countries. Source link link: DND: PHL, China stress ‘peaceful, non-coercive’ means to settle disputes.....»»

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Manila wants peaceful talks with Beijing

THE reported Chinese installation of high frequency radar and other facilities in the contested islands in the South China Sea (SCS) can be discussed in the bilateral consultative mechanism, Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano said on Friday. But the Secretary explained the Philippines is also willing to discuss the issue….....»»

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China voices grave concern over North Korea missile test, urges talks

BEIJING, China (UPDATED) – China on Wednesday, November 29, voiced "grave concern" over North Korea's test of a missile capable of striking anywhere in the United States and called for talks to peacefully resolve the nuclear crisis. Foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said Beijing's proposal for North Korea to freeze ........»»

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Syrian opposition agrees to send united delegation to Geneva talks

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia – Syria's disparate opposition groups announced an agreement early Friday, November 24, to send a united delegation to next week's  UN-brokered peace talks in Geneva, as international diplomatic efforts intensify to end the 6-year conflict. The announcement came on the second day of a Saudi-sponsored meeting in Riyadh, where ........»»

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Duterte offers China to be the third telecoms operator in PH

Malacaang on Monday announced that President Rodrigo Duterte has offered China the privilege to be the third telecommunications carrier in the country. "The telecomunications duopoly in the country is about to end," Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said in a Palace briefing. The local telecoms industry is dominated by Smart Communications and Globe Telecom. "During PH-China bilateral talks, Duterte offered to China the privilege to operate third telecoms carrier in the country," Roque added. /cbb...Keep on reading: Duterte offers China to be the third telecoms operator in PH.....»»

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