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China demands ASEAN stay out of Vietnam dispute

In this Aug. 29, 2013 file photo, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang, right, meets with Vietnam Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing as 12 ASEAN foreign ministers are in the Chinese capital to attend the ASEAN-China foreign ministers meeting which aims to discuss economic ties as well as regional concerns such as disputed territory in the South China sea. Vietnam demanded China stop oil drilling operations in a disputed patch of the South China Sea, saying on Monday, May 5, 2014 that Beijing's decision to deploy a deep sea rig over the weekend was illegal. China dismissed the objections, saying the activity was being carried out in its territorial waters. AP

China has criticized the top official of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations for saying Beijing intruded in Vietnamese territory, and a Chinese official has demanded the group stay out of the dispute.

Posted: May 19th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Chinese ships return to disputed waters after Obama Tokyo visit

In this April 23, 2013 file photo, a Japan Coast Guard vessel, left, sails along with a Chinese surveillance ship near the disputed islands called Senkaku in Japan and Diaoyu in China in the East China Sea. Striving to allay Japan’s worries over its territorial dispute with China and missile launches by North Korea, during a recent Asian tour U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel pledged two more ballistic missile defense destroyers for Japan by 2017. In a further show of solidarity, Hagel rebuked Beijing for escalating its territorial dispute with Tokyo over Japanese-controlled islands in the East China Sea, which Japan calls the Senkakus and China calls the Diaoyu islands. AP

Two Chinese coastguard ships sailed into waters around disputed islands in the East China Sea Saturday, the Japanese coastguard said, two days after US President Barack Obama declared his support for Japan.

Posted: April 26th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

CSC voids suspension of worker behind Pilipinas-to-Filipinas exposé

CSC Chairperson Francisco Duque INQUIRER.net FILE PHOTO

The Civil Service Commission (CSC) has declared “void” the Komisyon ng Wikang Filipino’s (KWF) twin directives placing under preventive suspension the agency’s human resource officer who earlier blew the whistle on the KWF head for his unauthorized alteration of the country’s name from Pilipinas to Filipinas.

Posted: February 16th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

China and Taiwan to hold historic talks

Wang Yu-chi and Zhang Zhijun FILE PHOTOS

China and Taiwan will hold their first government-to-government talks Tuesday since they split 65 years ago after a brutal civil war – a symbolic yet historic move between the former bitter rivals.

Posted: February 11th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Panama Canal contractors warn may halt work

In this Aug. 22. 2013 file photo, a section of the new rolling gates for the Panama Canal's third set of locks towers over workers during a press tour in Gatun, Panama. The consortium carrying out a historic expansion of the Panama Canal says it may have to suspend work due to financial problems caused by a $1.6 billion cost overrun. The group issued a statement Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014, giving the Panama Canal Authority 21 days to settle the dispute, but says it will continue working in the meantime. AP

The consortium at the heart of a historic Panama Canal expansion project threatened on Wednesday to suspend work due to financial problems caused by a $1.6 billion cost overrun.

Posted: January 2nd, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Photos & Videos,World | Read More »

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