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PH-China economic ties likely the reason behind ASEAN ministers’ “weak” stance on South China Sea – Golez

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Wednesday, August 9th, 2017

MANILA, Philippines — Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano forefronts economic progress as the reason why the ASEAN foreign ministers, in their statement on Tuesday, did not highlight the arbitral ruling favoring Philippines over China in the West Philippine Sea dispute.

“There is no doubt we do not like the actions of some players including China in the past, but we need to have progress. If you go back in the past just to scold, it’s regressive,” he said.

Former national security adviser Rolio Golez said the Duterte administration is balancing out our relations with China given the economic benefits from our engagement with them.

“They want to avoid an irritant. The Philippines as the host, the president would like to strengthen the economic engagement with China, economic package that we got last year, project, loans, credit, grants, investments and also trade, so they are giving that priority right now,” said Golez.

However, Golez voiced out his concern that the Philippines’ refusal to assert its rights over the West Philippine Sea might affect its position in the long run.
“Medyo delikado ang trade off na iyon (That trade off can be dangerous). Hindi natin alam ano ang magiging epekto nito sa ating paninindigan (We do not know how it will affect our stand) because we will have to negotiate the arbitral ruling. Now, a lot of people are worried, including myself that this might weaken our position in the end,” he said.

Director of the Institute for Maritime Affairs and Law of the Sea, Atty. Jay Batongbacal, meanwhile believes it is a small victory already that the ASEAN ministers emphasized the importance of non-militarization, even if China is finished with its installations in the disputed waters.

He added, however that the consistencies in the statements of Sec. Cayetano and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi prove that the two countries have reached an accord and are coordinated in terms of their respective positions in the issue.

Many are expecting that at the end of the ASEAN meetings this year, under the chairmanship of the Philippines, ASEAN will finalize the code of conduct that might be legally binding for all countries that have overlapping claims on some areas in the West Philippines Sea. — Joyce Balancio | UNTV News & Rescue



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Chinese scientists make breakthrough in nano technology

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Thursday, June 14th, 2018

Various of PPT introducing nano technology. Image grabbed from Reuters video

Chinese scientists have recently made a breakthrough in nanotechnology research, injecting new momentum into new energy and material development in China.

A news conference was held by Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) on Wednesday to announce the significant results of the nano research special project which was launched five years ago.

The all-solid-state lithium-ion battery developed by the project can provide a stable supply of electricity to the deep-sea research of the Mariana Trench with a single maximum power supply time of 20 hours. This breakthrough indicates that China has mastered the core technology of 10,000-meter power supply. It also lays a solid foundation of energy supply for deep-sea space station experiment.

“We have done more than 1,000 cycles of third-party testing. In security testing, we have adopted a stricter testing standard than the power batteries, and they all passed the test. So we think this will be a very important technology for the future,” said Li Hong, a researcher at Institute of Physics, CAS.

After five years of hard work, Chinese researchers have made a major breakthrough in basic studies and turned their results in research into mass production and industrial applications. A series of nano-core technology innovation has been achieved in power lithium-ion batteries, green printing, nano-catalysis, health care, drinking water treatment and other industries. The technology breakthrough has provided a strong support for China’s new energy, new materials and other emerging industries of strategic importance.

“We have now played a leading role in formulating two international standards. We have six others which are in the process of further improvement. We also have more than 30 national standards. They cover the standards of testing high-energy-density power batteries. The promulgation of these standards worldwide will provide a reference for the manufacturing of these products by our peers in other countries, and at the same time help our products to get access to the international market,” said Wang Chen, principal investigator of the nano special project. — Reuters

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PH asked China to stop seizure of Filipino’s fish catch, discipline its coast guard – Malacañang

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Monday, June 11th, 2018

Secretary Harry Roque with three of the fishermen who had encounters with the Chinese coast guard


MANILA, Philippines – Presidential Spokesperson Secretary Harry Roque assured Monday, June 11, that the government has already asked China to stop its coast guard personnel from taking the fish catch of Filipino fishermen in Scarborough Shoal.

At Malacañang, Roque presented before members of the press some of the fishermen who had encounters with the Chinese coast guard. They narrated that the Chinese would barge into their vessel and seize their catch. Since they do not know their language, the fishermen would just let them proceed to avoid tension. The Chinese men would give them some noodles and drinking water in return, and leave.

“Sila na po mismo ang aakyat. Tapos hahalungkatin iyong lagayan ng isda. Di naman kami magkakaintidihan sa pag-uusap kaya kumbaga, nakikisama na lang kami kasi baka nga paalisin na naman kami,” narrated Romel Cejuela, a fisherman from Baja Masinloc, Zambales.

Malacañang does not consider it as harassment because there was no force involved and neither party used a weapon. However, the fishermen are asking the government to take action to prevent a repeat of the incident because it affects their livelihood. In fact, the Chinese have been taking at least P4,000 worth of their income.

Roque said the government has taken steps on the matter, citing that President Rodrigo Duterte and Chinese President Xi Jinping had agreed to ensure freedom of Filipino fishermen to fish in the waters of Scarborough Shoal.

“Gumawa na kami ng mga hakbang, at ang hinihingi natin dapat gumalaw ang mga otoridad ng Tsina na itigil itong mga pangyayari. So kinakailangan, disiplinahin siguro ng Tsina yung mga bugok na nangunguha ng isda,” Roque said.

However, if they were to be asked, local fishermen would prefer that Philippine Coast Guard or Navy personnel should withdraw their presence in Scarborough Shoal to avoid the tension from further escalating.

“Siguro ok na muna siguro yun [walang coastguard]habang patuloy munang nag-uusap yung gobyerno ng Pilipinas at China para maayos yung mga dapat ayusin siguro,” added Cejuela.

“Mula po ng panahon na pinadala ni Presidente Aquino ang (BRP) Del Pilar diyan sa Scarborough, di na po tayo nakabalik na tayo ang may control (diyan.) Ngayon po, totoo po na nandoon ang mga Tsino pero nakakapangisda po ang mga mangingisda ng Masinloc at ibang mga lugar,” Roque said in agreement to the fishermen’s proposal. – Rosalie Coz / Marje Pelayo

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BOC seizes P4.5-M worth of smuggled onions from China

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Monday, June 11th, 2018


MANILA, Philippines – The Bureau of Customs (BOC) seized three 40-foot container vans loaded with smuggled onions misdeclared as ceramic products from China.

“We discovered that behind the two layers of declared ceramic wares, there were boxes of onions concealed occupying the entire back portion of the container,” described Customs Commissioner Isidro Lapeña.

The smuggled onions, valued at P4.5 million, were consigned under the name Precious Prince Enterprises based in Parañaque City. The Customs Chief said they are inclined to file charges against the broker and the importer.

“Appropriate charges will be filed against the importer and customs broker while their accreditation with the Bureau of Customs will be suspended or revoked immediately,” he said.

The smuggled items will be destroyed by the agency later this week. Based on BOC’s records, the agency already intercepted nearly P84 million pesos worth of smuggled goods this year at the Port of Manila alone. – Nel Maribojoc / Marje Pelayo

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