Benigno Aquino

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China rejects Philippines protest on ships, complains of detentions

China rejected Philippine complaints on Wednesday about Chinese survey vessels operating in a gas-rich area of Manila‘s exclusive economic zone, and has lodged a separate complaint about the detention of Chinese workers, as tensions persist. Philippine President Benigno Aquino said over the weekend that two Chinese survey vessels had been sighted in part of the … Continue reading

Japan and Philippines move to stengthen military ties in maritime disputes with China

The Philippines and Japan are moving ahead with strengthening their security and economic cooperation, with Japan giving defence equipment to the Philippines and invoking the right of collective self-defence in the maritime dispute with China. Philippine President Benigno Aquino III and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe faced the media following their summit meeting and expanded … Continue reading

Philippines defies China: Will drill two new oil wells in South China Sea

A unit of Philippine firm Philex Petroleum Corp plans to start drilling two more wells in disputed waters in the South China Sea even without a partner and despite rising tensions with Beijing, its chairman said on Wednesday. London-listed Forum Energy Plc will likely start drilling the appraisal wells in its Sampaguita gas field in … Continue reading

Manila’s apology to Hong Kong is a presage of a deal, not a fight

The following are the views of the author, and not necessarily those of China Daily Mail. Is it just a coincidence that the Philippine Government made a four-year late official apology to the families of eight Hong Kong tourists before Obama’s visit to East Asia in April, and after the historic pact sealed in March … Continue reading

Philippines protests over South China Sea water cannon attack

The Philippines protested on Tuesday against China’s use of a water cannon on Filipino fishermen in disputed waters of the South China Sea warning that the incident would escalate tension. China’s chargé d’affaires in Manila, Sun Xiangyang, was summoned to hear the Philippines “strongly protest the efforts of China to prohibit Filipino fishermen from undertaking … Continue reading

Philippine leader calls for international help against China’s aggressive sea claims

President Benigno S. Aquino III called on Tuesday for nations around the world to do more to support the Philippines in resisting China’s assertive claims to the seas near his country, drawing a comparison to the West’s failure to support Czechoslovakia against Hitler’s demands for Czech land in 1938. Like Czechoslovakia, the Philippines faces demands … Continue reading

Southeast Asia to reach out to China on sea disputes

Southeast Asian nations stepped up efforts on Thursday to engage China in talks to resolve maritime tensions, agreeing to meet to try to reach common ground on disputed areas of the South China Sea ahead of planned discussions in Beijing later this year. Efforts by ASEAN to craft a code of conduct to manage South … Continue reading

South China Sea dispute wrecks Asean unity

Asean unity yet again lay in tatters [Monday] night – thwarting a Chinese-backed effort to keep South China Sea territorial disputes off the agenda of [the] international leaders’ summit in Cambodia. Host Cambodia’s claim on Sunday that the 10 leaders of Southeast Asia had agreed not to “internationalise” the issue by limiting it to meetings … Continue reading

Aquino urged to tackle South China Sea dispute

Philippine President Benigno Aquino will deliver his annual “state of the nation” speech to Congress on Monday, with legislators hoping he will tackle an escalating South China Sea dispute. Senator Francis Escudero, who does not belong to Aquino’s ruling Liberal Party, said the president needed to reassure the public his government was in control of … Continue reading

We won’t be bullied, top Chinese diplomat warns Philippines

China‘s top diplomat said yesterday that the nation would not tolerate bullying by smaller countries, “for instance, the Philippines“. The remarks by State Councillor Dai Bingguo came ahead of today’s start to a 2-1/2-month fishing ban by China in the South China Sea, including the waters surrounding the disputed Scarborough Shoal. At a meeting of … Continue reading

Sino-Philippine tension soon over, says Philippine President

Hong Kong’s Ming Pao reports: Philippine President Benigno Aquino III says that the tension between the Philippines and China over Scarborough Shoal (called Huangyan Island in China) will soon be resolved. The report by the Drum of the Philippines Broadcasting Net says that Aquino III has not disclosed the specific measures for resolving current tension … Continue reading


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