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Philippines: China wanted to restrict foreign forces at sea

Sep. 11, 2019 3:20 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippine foreign secretary said Wednesday that China has sought to restrict the presence of foreign military powers in the South China Sea and foreign involvement in oil and gas projects in the disputed region under a pact it's negotiating with Southeast Asian nations....

A US priest, a Philippine village, and decades of secrecy

Sep. 9, 2019 9:38 PM EDT

TALUSTUSAN, Philippines (AP) — The American priest's voice echoed over the phone line, his sharp Midwestern accent softened over the decades by a gentle Filipino lilt. On the other end, recording the call, was a young man battered by shame but anxious to get the priest to describe exactly what had happened...

'Any suggestion?' Duterte asks after Xi reaffirms sea claims

Sep. 4, 2019 11:20 PM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippine president has acknowledged he's short of solutions to press China to adhere to Manila's arbitration victory in their South China Sea disputes after he said Chinese President Xi Jinping told him flatly: "We will not budge." President Rodrigo Duterte spoke for the...

Duterte fires prisons chief amid uproar on convicts' release

Sep. 4, 2019 10:24 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippine president on Wednesday fired the government's top prison official amid a public outcry over the release of hundreds of prisoners, including convicted drug traffickers and rapists, under a law rewarding good behavior with shorter jail terms. President Rodrigo...

China tells Philippines it won't recognize ruling on sea row

Aug. 30, 2019 9:41 PM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese President Xi Jinping told his Philippine counterpart that Beijing will not recognize an international arbitration ruling that has invalidated most of China's claims to virtually the entire South China Sea, the Philippine leader's spokesman said. The row over the disputed waters...

Duterte in China amid expectation he'll raise sea disputes

Aug. 29, 2019 10:37 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Visiting Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte held talks Thursday with his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, in which the Southeast Asian leader was expected to discuss a ruling on the disputed South China Sea. The 2016 Hague arbitration ruling mostly invalidated China's claim to virtually...

Recent developments surrounding the South China Sea

Aug. 26, 2019 12:41 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — A look at recent developments in the South China Sea, where China is pitted against smaller neighbors in multiple disputes over islands, coral reefs and lagoons. The waters are a major shipping route for global commerce and rich in fish and possible oil and gas reserves. ___ HAGUE RULING,...

Recent developments surrounding the South China Sea

Aug. 19, 2019 12:54 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — A look at recent developments in the South China Sea, where China is pitted against smaller neighbors in multiple disputes over islands, coral reefs and lagoons. The waters are a major shipping route for global commerce and rich in fish and possible oil and gas reserves. ___ DUTERTE TRIP TO...

Recent developments surrounding the South China Sea

Aug. 12, 2019 12:54 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — A look at recent developments in the South China Sea, where China is pitted against smaller neighbors in multiple disputes over islands, coral reefs and lagoons. The waters are a major shipping route for global commerce and rich in fish and possible oil and gas reserves. ___ EDITOR'S NOTE:...

Duterte says he will discuss territorial disputes in China

Aug. 8, 2019 10:26 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippine president says he plans to discuss his country's territorial rifts with China, including its 2016 arbitration victory over Beijing and the development of potential energy resources, when he visits China this month. President Rodrigo Duterte did not provide other...