Central Chinese province swamped after heaviest rain in 1,000 years

Reuters 07/21/2021

BEIJING — Large swathes of China’s central Henan province were under water on Wednesday, with its capital Zhengzhou hardest-hit after being drenched by what weather forecasters said was the heaviest rain in 1,000 years. In Zhengzhou, a…

Norway says cyber attack on parliament carried out from China

Reuters 07/20/2021

OSLO — Norway said on Monday that a March 10 cyber attack on parliament’s e-mail system was carried out from China, calling on authorities there to take steps to prevent such activities. “The cyber attack in March…

Senator fears increased China ‘cyberespionage attacks’ vs PH ahead of 2022 polls

Christia Marie Ramos 07/20/2021

MANILA, Philippines — Senator Risa Hontiveros on Tuesday warned of a possible increase in Chinese “cyberespionage attacks” against the Philippines, which she said can be used to influence the country’s national elections in 2022. “Hindi na ako…

Sea Sunday, fishermen  and the West Philippine Sea

ATTY. DENNIS R. GORECHO 07/13/2021

Matamlay. Sluggish. This is how Taytay Apostolic Vicar-designate Bishop Broderick Pabillo described the government’s treatment of Filipino fishermen despite the favorable arbitral tribunal’s ruling on the West Philippine Sea (WPS) territorial dispute. During his  homily last Sea Sunday,…

Port of Cebu condemns smuggled, counterfeit cigarettes worth over P90M

Doris C. Bongcac 07/10/2021

MANDAUE CITY, CEBU – The Bureau of Customs Port of Cebu destroyed over P90 million worth of smuggled and counterfeit cigarettes that were shipped to Cebu from China last month. The 1,804 master cases of cigarettes were…

China announces three-child policy, in major policy shift

Reuters 06/01/2021

BEIJING — Married Chinese couples may have up to three children, China announced on Monday, in a major shift from the existing limit of two after recent data showed a dramatic decline in births in the world’s…

A victory for tobacco, a defeat for our children

Solita Collas-Monsod - @inquirerdotnet 05/29/2021

I don’t understand. Here we are, the Filipino people, being asked by our President to show more gratitude or appreciation to China for donating COVID-19 vaccines to us, and being the source of most of the vaccines…

20 runners dead as extreme weather hits China ultramarathon—officials

Agence France Presse 05/23/2021

BEIJING — Twenty people were killed and one remains missing after hail, freezing rain and high winds hit runners taking part in a 100-kilometer cross-country mountain race in China, local officials said Sunday. “Abrupt, extreme weather” hit…

China does not possess the WPS

Antonio T. Carpio - @inquirerdotnet 05/20/2021

President Duterte’s mantra is “China is in possession of the West Philippine Sea (WPS).” The President made this declaration on several occasions: the November 2018 Asean-India Summit in Singapore, his July 2019 and 2020 State of the…

Duterte says he won’t waste ‘best relations’ of PH with China

Krissy Aguilar 05/18/2021

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte has again voiced out his reluctance to upset China amid the continuing discussions over the latter’s incursions into the West Philippine Sea. “We have the best of relations now. We will…

Tiny Sandy Cay reveals the big lie

Antonio T. Carpio - @inquirerdotnet 05/13/2021

There is a tiny sandbar called Sandy Cay about two nautical miles from Pag-asa Island, which at about 37 hectares is the largest Philippine-occupied island in the Spratlys. Before 2017, Sandy Cay was a disappearing sandbar. Half…

Leopard on the loose: escaped big cat sparks fear in China

Agence France Presse 05/11/2021

SHANGHAI — A leopard remained at large in eastern China Monday after escaping from a safari park with two fellow big cats, sparking a frenzy among web-users who have shared pictures and video of the spotted felines…

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