China hopes to work with Philippines on S.China Sea energy projects

BEIJING, Oct 16 (Reuters) – China hopes it can work together with the Philippines in jointly developing energy projects in the South China Sea, foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian told a daily briefing on Friday. Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte has lifted a moratorium on petroleum exploration in the South China Sea, paving the way for three projects to resume, including a possible joint venture with China. (Reporting by Gabriel Crossley; editing by John Stonestreet) Source link

Senate plans to reframe PNOC mandate as oil/gas exploration firm

The Senate committee on energy is filing a legislative measure that will re-frame the investment function of state-run Philippine National Oil Company (PNOC), so it can concentrate its activities on oil and gas exploration ventures. Senator Sherwin Gatchalian (MANILA BULLETIN FILE PHOTO) “We’re studying the possibility of reforming the Charter of PNOC to focus on drill, drill, drill and explore, explore, explore – because that was really its mandate during the 1970s,” Senator Sherwin T. Gatchalian said. With that proposed legislation, he opined that the investment activities of the government-owned…

Vietnam’s manoeuvres to reap gains in the changing international environment

The Chinese aggressiveness in its periphery is leading to a paradigm shift in the international order. Several nations, perturbed over the Chinese aggressiveness, efforts to disrupt and reshape international environment and hegemonic ambitions, are resetting their ties to restrain China and ensure that the strategic balance remains unchanged. With Xi’s taking over the power, the Chinese aggressiveness significantly escalated in the South China Sea (SCS). China is routinely encroaching into the EEZs of other littoral states, harassing their fishermen and obstructing their drilling operations. It has created artificial islands and…

U.S.’s China Hawks Drive Hard-Line Policies After Trump Turns on Beijing

WASHINGTON—Since President Trump was inaugurated, many members of his national security team have been itching to confront a China they view as the greatest threat to the U.S. For three years their biggest roadblock, say current and former officials, has been a president who didn’t share their views and whose highest priority was negotiating a trade deal with Beijing. “The National Security Council said, ‘Give us your wish list of ways to f— with China,’ ” said one former national security official, recalling the early days of the administration. Proposals,…

House approves bill giving the President power to expedite processing of permits and licenses

The House of Representatives voted Friday night to grant the President the authority to expedite the processing and issuance of government permits, licenses and certifications in times of national emergency. With 267 affirmative and 6 negative votes, the Lower House approved on third and final reading House Bill 7884 that will empower the Chief Executive to fast-track the issuance of national and local permits to defend the country against adverse economic effects of national emergency.        The bill was passed on second reading on Thursday night after the chamber convened…

China’s global fishing dominance, unmatched in size and reach

WASHINGTON, D.C. — More than a hundred kilometres from shore, near the coast of West Africa, I accompanied marine police officers from Gambia as they arrested 15 foreign ships for labour violations and illegal fishing over the course of a week in 2019. All but one of the vessels arrested were from China. At the beginning of that same year, during a month-long voyage on a toothfish longliner headed into Antarctic waters from Punta Arenas, Chile, the only other ships we passed were a dozen rusty Chinese purse seiners that…

Taiwan says HK warned of ongoing danger after S.China Sea …

(Adds Hong Kong Civil Aviation Department declining comment) By Ben Blanchard TAIPEI, Oct 16 (Reuters) – Hong Kong air traffic controllers told Taiwan there was danger until further notice on a flight path to Taiwanese-controlled islands in the South China Sea, Taipei said on Friday, a case that has raised fears Beijing may try and blockade the islets. Tensions over the Pratas Islands, in the northern part of the contested South China Sea, have spiked in recent weeks, with China carrying out several military exercises near them. The Pratas are…

Despite 2 straight wins, Cone, Thompson admit huge adjustments to make in audience-free setup

PBA Images The Barangay Ginebra San Miguel Kings found themselves in unfamiliar territory without their legions of fans in the PBA bubble. But this didn’t stop Ginebra to chalk up its second win after edging the Blackwater Elite, 103-99, Thursday night in the PBA Philippine Cup at the Angeles University Foundation Sports and Cultural Center. Ginebra coach Tim Cone, however, admitted that there are going to be lots of adjustments for his wards, who were used to hearing the loud cheers of the Ginebra faithful before the coronavirus era. “It’s…

On India, the US must think bigger

Four foreign ministers met in Tokyo last week from the so-called “Quad” countries — the United States, India, Japan and Australia. This might be considered an unremarkable event except that just a few years ago, such a meeting never would have occurred for fear of offending Beijing.   The acute concerns of these four democracies, however, over China’s aggressive actions this year — its bloody border clash with India, bullying of Vietnam and the Philippines and smothering of Hong Kong’s democracy — have revived the Quad and brought India and America…

Taiwan says Hong Kong warned of ongoing danger after South China Sea flight blocked

TAIPEI (Reuters) – Hong Kong air traffic controllers told Taiwan there was danger until further notice on a flight path to Taiwanese-controlled islands in the South China Sea, Taipei said on Friday, a case that has raised fears Beijing may try and blockade the islets. Tensions over the Pratas Islands, in the northern part of the contested South China Sea, have spiked in recent weeks, with China carrying out several military exercises near them. The Pratas are only lightly defended by Chinese-claimed Taiwan. On Thursday, Taiwan said a regular civilian…