A member of the House Committee on Flagship Programs and Projects sees the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) as a promising alternative funding source for the ambitious Mindanao Railways Project (MRP) following the Philippines’s decision to withdraw from loan negotiations with China.
The chief of naval operations of the United States Navy and senior officials of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) have pushed for collaboration between the US and the Philippines, including the conduct of joint training and exercises, to ensure security in the Indo-Pacific.
BEIJING—More engagements between the government and Beijing are now set to resolve the territorial disputes in the West Philippine Sea (WPS) following the meeting of President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. and the National Congress of the People’s Republic of China Chairman Li Zhanshu on Wednesday.
MANILA, Philippines— Former Philippine President Benigno Aquino III was buried in austere state rites during the pandemic Saturday with many remembering him for standing up to China over territorial disputes, striking a peace deal with Muslim guerrillas and defending democracy in a Southeast Asian nation where his parents helped topple a dictator.
FOREIGN Affairs Secretary Teodoro L. Locsin Jr. on Tuesday apologized to his counterpart, State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi, for his expletive-laden tweets excoriating the continued presence of Chinese maritime militia vessels in the West Philippine Sea (WPS) and their arrogance in telling Philippine military and fishery officials on radio, while conducting patrols, to “leave the area, this is Chinese territory.”
FOREIGN Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. on Wednesday ordered his department to fire off another diplomatic protest after China reiterated its claim over the West Philippine Sea (WPS) and warned the country’s Coast Guard and Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) to stop their joint maritime exercises.
Over the weekend, China’s Vice Premier Wang Yang came to the Philippines as the highest-ranking Chinese official to visit the country during the Duterte administration. He came with a package of grants, loans and deals reportedly worth up to $6 billion, covering Philippine agricultural exports to China, and 15 infrastructure development plans, including those for bridges, railway systems, irrigation and a hydroelectric dam.
Defense Secretary Delfin N. Lorenzana’s disclosure that Chinese survey ships lingered for months in Benham Rise last year has set off alarm bells that call for immediate action to prevent further incursion by our giant neighbor into the country’s territorial waters. This resource-rich underwater plateau off the coast of Aurora is ours. There’s no point arguing about this fact. And it does not need a genius to figure out that China’s survey ships are there to spy on our natural resources, which is alarming.
China and its territorial claims have been pushed off the front pages lately in lieu of more domestic issues. The latest news is that the United States sent an aircraft carrier strike group to the area. Chinese media, on the other hand, reported a new passenger ship made its first voyage from the southern province of Hainan carrying 300 tourists to visit the disputed Paracel Islands.
MALACAÑANG said on Wednesday the Philippines is setting aside temporarily the United Nations Permanent Court of Arbitration’s (PCA) ruling in favor of the Philippines in the territorial dispute in the South China Sea, to take advantage of economic benefits resulting from better relations with China.