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China, Philippines swap protests over Manila-occupied island

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippines has demanded that China withdraw its ships and fishing vessels from the vicinity of a Philippine-occupied island in the South China Sea, where the Chin...

Hong Kong won't mandate vaccine for foreign domestic workers

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong officials dropped a plan to mandate foreign domestic workers be vaccinated against the coronavirus, after hearing international criticism the move would be discriminatory. ...

Duterte calls China 'benefactor,' distances himself from foreign minister's remarks

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte described China as a benefactor to his nation in a recorded briefing on Monday (May 3), minimizing remarks made by his foreign ministe...

Philippine diplomat apologizes for profanity toward China

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippines' foreign secretary apologized Tuesday after tweeting an obscene phrase demanding China get out of Philippine-claimed territory in the South China Sea in an o...

Philippines foreign minister issues expletive-laced tweet over China sea dispute

The Philippine foreign minister on Monday (May 3) demanded in an expletive-laced message on Twitter that China's vessels get out of disputed waters, marking the latest exchange in a war of words w...

Philippines protests `blocking' of its patrol ships by China

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippine government has protested the Chinese coast guard's harassment of Philippine coast guard ships patrolling a disputed shoal in the South China Sea, the Departme...

Philippines tells China to mind its own business over maritime drills

China has no business telling the Philippines what it can or cannot do within its waters, Manila's defence ministry said on Wednesday (April 28), rejecting Beijing's opposition to its ongoing ...

China foreign minister in talks with SE Asian counterparts

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi is meeting with counterparts from four Southeast Asian countries this week as Beijing seeks to expand its influence in the region amid a sharp downturn ...

US backs Philippines in standoff over South China Sea reef

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The United States said Tuesday it’s backing the Philippines in a new standoff with Beijing in the disputed South China Sea, where Manila has asked a Chinese fishing flotilla...

China denies incursion as 200 ships dock at Philippine reef

BEIJING (AP) — Bad weather prompted more than 200 Chinese fishing vessels to anchor at a reef claimed by the Philippines, Beijing said on Monday, sidestepping accusations from Manila of a move by Chin...

Wary Philippines says 200 Chinese vessels at disputed reef

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippine government expressed concern after spotting more than 200 Chinese fishing vessels it believed were crewed by militias at a reef claimed by both countries in t...

Philippines: 220 Chinese 'militia' boats gathered in South China Sea

The Philippines government voiced concern — without lodging a formal protest — over some 220 Chinese vessels allegedly sighted at a South China Sea reef claimed by both countries. Althoug...

Philippines says to meet U.S. to iron out differences on troop deal

MANILA (Reuters) - The Philippines and the United States will meet this month to iron out differences over a two-decade-old Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA), Manila’s top diplomat said, amid rene...

Philippines protests new China law as 'verbal threat of war'

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippines has protested a new Chinese law that authorizes its coast guard to fire on foreign vessels and destroy other countries' structures on islands it cl...

US provides anti-bomb, sniper's equipment to Philippines

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The U.S. defense chief announced Tuesday the delivery of nearly $30 million worth of weapons to the Philippines, which faces threats from Islamic State group-linked militant...