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DFA ‘positive’ about PH-China economic relations despite arbitration case

DFA spokesman Assistant Secretary Raul Hernandez. INQUIRER.net FILE PHOTO

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Thursday said that it remained “positive” that the Philippines and China will move forward with their bilateral economic relations despite the arbitration case filed before the United Nations (UN) for the settlement of their disputes in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea).

Posted: January 24th, 2013 in Asia & Pacific,Latest Global Nation Stories,Philippines | Read More »

Philippines blasts China anew over patrol in West Philippine Sea


The Philippines on Friday reiterated its calls for respect to its maritime domains in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea), saying that it “strongly objects” to Chinese patrol of these areas.

Posted: December 28th, 2012 in Features,Latest Global Nation Stories,Philippines | Read More »

AFP to acquire helicopters, trucks

Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin. FILE PHOTO

The Philippine’s defense chief says the government has signed separate contracts worth 163 billion pesos (about $39 million) with Italian and South Korean companies to supply helicopters and trucks as part of efforts to modernize its poorly equipped military.

Posted: December 27th, 2012 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

Philippines-China standoff could spin out of hand

BAJO SCARBURO European cartographers named Scarborough Shoal as “Bajo Scarburo” in this 1820 map from the book “Mapping the Philippines: The Spanish Period.”

It started like many other minor confrontations over the specks of isles dotting some of the world’s busiest shipping lanes. But the risks in the latest flare-up over a South China Sea shoal are much bigger than the territory itself.

Posted: April 26th, 2012 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

Calls mount for high-level talks between Manila and Beijing

IT’S OURS, YOU HEAR? Members of Bayan Muna stage a rally in front of China’s consulate office in Makati City on Thursday, demanding the withdrawal of Chinese vessels from Panatag Shoal in the West Philippine Sea. RAFFY LERMA

A lawmaker on Wednesday urged the government to send a high level contingent to China to iron out issues on the ownership of Scarborough (Panatag) Shoal.

Posted: April 25th, 2012 in Headlines,Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »