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PH, Germany strengthen ties

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German Minister of State Maria Böhmer  (R): First trip to Philippines. AFP FILE PHOTO

German Minister of State Maria Böhmer called on Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario on Thursday and both discussed bilateral political and economic issues ahead of the 60th anniversary later this year of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Germany and the Philippines.

Posted: March 28th, 2014 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

PH ‘natural focus’ of San Francisco mayor’s Asian economic agenda

San Francisco Mayor Edwin Lee and Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada at the wreath-laying ceremony at Rizal Monument in Luneta.  PHOTO BY RUDY ADLAWAN

“I’m afraid people may have mistaken me for Mayor Estrada, but unfortunately, I can’t sing or act,” quipped the mustached San Francisco Mayor Edwin Lee.

Posted: February 20th, 2014 in Americas,Features,Latest Global Nation Stories,Philippines,Photos & Videos | Read More »

SF mayor starts sister city visit with a stop at design center

San Francisco Mayor Edwin Lee and his wife, Anita, at the CITEM design center at the start of their San Francisco-Manila sister cities tour.

San Francisco Mayor Edwin Lee said he believed builders in his city would be “inspired by the creativity of Philippine designers” and encouraged the development of organic, natural products to help sustain Philippine economic growth.

Posted: February 18th, 2014 in Headlines | Read More »

UK foreign secretary sees PH as Asia Pacific success story

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United Kingdom's Secretary of State William Hague. Photo from gov.uk

United Kingdom’s foreign secretary thinks the Philippines can be “one of Asia Pacific’s great success stories” citing the strong economy and the hard work of Filipinos both in the country and all over the world.

Posted: January 31st, 2014 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

China ‘bully boy’ tactics scored

After a storm of criticism China upped its contribution to $1.8 million and dispatched its Peace Ark hospital ship (in photo), but the response paled in comparison to Japan’s $30 million, the United States’ $20 million—and even some private companies’.  AP FILE PHOTO

Mountains of Norwegian salmon left rotting at port. A beachfront resort in Palau abandoned before completion. A sluggish response to a devastating Philippine typhoon: crossing China’s “red lines” can have painful economic consequences.

Posted: January 23rd, 2014 in Asia & Pacific,Headlines,Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

SF mayor to visit Manila in February

San Francisco’s City Hall bathed in colors of Philippine Flag after Super Typhoon Yolanda devastated parts of the Visayas.  CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

An official sister-city delegation headed by Mayor Edwin Lee will visit Manila on Feb. 16 for a four-day economic and cultural exchange between civic and business leaders under the auspices of the San Francisco-Manila Sister City Committee.

Posted: January 22nd, 2014 in Americas,Features,Latest Global Nation Stories,Philippines | Read More »

Putin in Seoul pushes new ‘Silk Road’ via North Korea

Russian President Vladimir Putin  AP FILE PHOTO

Russian President Vladimir Putin was in South Korea Wednesday, pushing a pet project for a new trading route linking Asia and Europe by rail that requires prying open North Korea

Posted: November 13th, 2013 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

New UK envoy hopes to boost trade with PH

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Ambassador Asif Ahmad INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

The United Kingdom’s new ambassador to Manila is hoping to see an improved business climate in the Philippines, saying that reform efforts should not hamper transactions with the government in order to keep investors’ interest.

Posted: October 25th, 2013 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

US and China tussle for trade dominance at APEC

Leaders of the Asia-Pacific region, front left to right, Russian President Vladimir Putin, Vietnamese President Truong Tan Sang, Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, and back left to right, Philippine President Benigno Aquino III, Taiwan's former Vice President Vincent Siew, Papua New Guinean Prime Minister Peter O'Neill, and Peruvian Foreign Minister Eda Rivas, stand for a group photo session during the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum in Bali, Indonesia, Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013. Kerry and Rivas were filling in for their respective country leaders. AP Photo

The United States stepped up efforts to reinforce its economic might in the Asia-Pacific at a regional leaders’ summit in Indonesia on Tuesday, amid warnings from an increasingly bold China.

Posted: October 8th, 2013 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos | Read More »

China grabs limelight from wounded US at Apec summit

Chinese President Xi Jinping.  AP FILE PHOTO

China took center-stage at an Asia-Pacific summit on Monday, adopting a leadership role on the strength of its new-found economic might as the United States struggles to overcome its budget paralysis.

Posted: October 8th, 2013 in Asia & Pacific,Featured Gallery,Features,Latest Global Nation Stories,Photos & Videos | Read More »

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