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March 22, 2017 9:29 PM Why China stoking up anger over South Korea missile system is doomed to fail

Beijing has imposed unofficial sanctions against South Korea over its deployment of a missile defence system, but the effectiveness of the measures is questionable given China’s heavy reliance on Korean components to support its manufacturing industry, according to analysts. China has not announced any formal punitive measures after Seoul decided to deploy 5

March 22, 2017 4:21 PM Myanmar urged to support PH-led initiatives for ASEAN

The Philippines has asked Myanmar to support its agenda for ASEAN, as the country chairs the summit this year, Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez told reporters Wednesday, March 22. Lopez has joined President Duterte in his visit to Myanmar early this week. “Of course, as chair of ASEAN, the Philippines consistently sought Myanmar’s support for the region’s 3

March 21, 2017 4:35 AM Philippines pledges US$300k to Burma’s Rakhine State

President Rodrigo Duterte and Burma’s State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi (PHOTO BY JAYMEE GAMIL / INQUIRER) NAY PYI TAW, Burma — Here, the Philippine government is particularly concerned about humanitarian efforts. The Philippine government has pledged US$300,000 in humanitarian assistance to Burma (Myanmar’s) Rakhine State–known internationally for being 6

March 20, 2017 10:16 AM Electronics eyes 5%-6% export growth

The country’s electronics sector targets to hit a 5.0 percent to 6.0 percent growth in export revenues at end-2017, an industry official told the Philippine News Agency Thursday. Semiconductor and Electronics Industry of the Philippines, Inc. President Dan Lachica said electronics export is seen to recover this year, driven by demands in the digital 6

March 18, 2017 5:45 AM Duterte to arrive in Myanmar for official visit

NAY PYI TAW, Myanmar (Philippines News Agency) - President Rodrigo Duterte is scheduled to arrive here on Sunday for his first official visit to Myanmar. Duterte is scheduled to meet with Myanmar President U Htin Kyaw to discuss the strengthening of bilateral relations between the Philippines and Myanmar. "President Duterte’s visit to Myanmar is significant 7

March 17, 2017 12:57 PM Top Chinese official brings $6-B deals to PH

DAVAO CITY—Chinese 3rd Vice Premier Wang Yang is in town with about $6 billion in deals, including agreements for agriculture exports to China, and loans for infrastructure projects such as railways and hydroelectric dams. Wang, the highest Chinese politburo official to visit President Duterte’s hometown, arrived in the Philippines on Thursday and will spend 5

March 16, 2017 10:23 AM Secretary of State Rex Tillerson calls for 'new approach' to North Korea, but offers no details

TOKYO, March 16 (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on Thursday the escalating threat from North Korea's nuclear program showed a clear need for a "new approach," although he stopped short of detailing what steps the Trump administration would pursue. Tillerson was speaking at a news conference following talks with Japanese Foreign 9

March 16, 2017 1:22 AM Philippines can follow Australia's balancing act

If the Philippines is to pursue an “independent” foreign policy, it may do well to take inspiration from countries that have found a middle path between the United States (US) and China. The answer may lie in not only deepening cooperation with the world’s heavyweights, but in investing in our relationships with neighbors and markets of all sizes. While 11

March 15, 2017 8:08 PM Will Rex Tillerson's Asia Visit Help or Harm Relations With China?

The secretary of state and President Trump have been critical of China in recent weeks. Rex Tillerson, President Donald Trump’s secretary of state, makes his first trip to Asia-Pacific as US Secretary of State, starting Wednesday, with stop-offs in Japan, South Korea and China. North Korea is likely to top the agenda given continuing provocations from the regime 5

March 15, 2017 11:15 AM Li downplays trade war with Trump

Premier Li Keqiang struck an optimistic tone on China’s relations with the United States and sought to ease concern over financial risks in his most high-profile public appearance of the year. The world’s biggest economies share extensive common interests on jobs, foreign exchange and security, Li said on Wednesday at a news conference after the close 6