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World Newsletter
14 August 2020
WORLD NEWS

UAE, ISRAEL REACH AGREEMENT TO ESTABLISH DIPLOMATIC TIES

 

Israel and the United Arab Emirates have reached a deal to normalise

relations, with Israel agreeing to suspend its controversial plans to annex

parts of the occupied West Bank.

 

World Newsletter
14 August 2020
PHILIPPINES NEWS

SC CREATES TWO BODIES TO PURGE JUDICIARY FROM ERRING OFFICIALS, PERSONNEL

 

MANILA — The Supreme Court has approved the creation of the Judicial

Integrity Board and the Corruption Prevention and Investigation Office to

prevent corruption within the Judiciary.

 

World Newsletter
13 August 2020
CHINA NEWS

FOREIGN MINISTRY CALLS ON US TO STOP EXCHANGES WITH TAIWAN

 

China warned some United States officials on Wednesday not to have illusions on issues concerning China's core interests after US Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar's visit to Taiwan and urged him to stop criticizing China's anti-pandemic efforts.

 

World Newsletter
13 August 2020
WORLD NEWS

SAUDI ARABIA ENDS A LOAN AND ASSOCIATED OIL SUPPLY TO PAKISTAN FOLLOWING

THREATS TO SPLIT OIC

 

Saudi Arabia has halted the provision of oil on loan for Pakistan after the

Imran Khan government threatened to split the Organization of Islamic

Countries (OIC) over Kashmir.

 

World Newsletter
13 August 2020
PHILIPPINES NEWS

HOUSE OKs FREE ANNUAL CHECKUP BILL

 

MANILA - The House committee on health approved yesterday a bill seeking to

provide free annual medical checkup for Filipinos.

 

World Newsletter
12 August 2020
WORLD NEWS

BIDEN VP PICK: KAMALA HARRIS CHOSEN AS RUNNING MATE

 

Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden has named Senator Kamala Harris

as his running mate - the first black woman and Asian American in the role.

Once a rival for the top job, the California senator of Indian-Jamaican

heritage had long been considered the front-runner for the number two slot.

 

World Newsletter
12 August 2020
PHILIPPINES NEWS

HOUSE OKs ‘NEW NORMAL’ BILL

 

MANILA — The House of Representatives has passed the bill setting public

rules and protocols for the “new normal” in workplace and public spaces

while the country continues to battle the COVID-19 crisis.

 

World Newsletter
11 August 2020
CHINA NEWS

CPC GUIDANCE LEADS NATION TO PROSPERITY

 

Some officials in the United States have been ganging up on the Communist Party of China, but they are turning a blind eye to the fact that the CPC leadership has enabled China to grow into the world's second-largest economy without resorting to warfare, colonialism or slavery.

 

World Newsletter
11 August 2020
WORLD NEWS

LEBANESE GOVERNMENT QUITS AMID FURY OVER BEIRUT BLAST

 

Lebanon's government resigned Monday as the fallout from last week's deadly

explosion deepened a political crisis in the country's blast-ravaged

capital.

 

World Newsletter
11 August 2020
PHILIPPINES NEWS

BAYANIHAN 2 APPROVED ON FINAL READING

 

MANILA — Voting 262-6, the House of Representatives approved yesterday on

third and final reading the Bayanihan 2 or the “We Recover as One Act,”

providing a P162-billion fund for government to carry out a roadmap for

economic recovery amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

World Newsletter
10 August 2020
CHINA NEWS

CHINA URGES US TO AVOID MISJUDGMENT

 

China's senior diplomat, Yang Jiechi, urged Washington on Friday to avoid strategic miscalculation about China-US relations and work with Beijing to bring bilateral ties back to the right track.

 

World Newsletter
10 August 2020
PHILIPPINES NEWS

DUTERTE TO ADDRESS NATION TODAY

 

DAVAO CITY - President Duterte is set to address the nation from his home

city today where he has been staying since Aug. 3.

 

World Newsletter
8 August 2020
WORLD NEWS

LEBANON SEES POSSIBLE 'EXTERNAL INTERFERENCE' IN PORT BLAST

 

Lebanon’s president said an investigation into the Beirut port warehouse

explosion was looking at whether it was caused by negligence, an accident or

possible external interference, his office cited him as telling local media

on Friday.

 

World Newsletter
8 August 2020
PHILIPPINES NEWS

PHILHEALTH MESS CAN BE TRACED TO PREVIOUS ADMINISTRATION’

 

MANILA — The alleged anomaly in the Philippine Health Insurance Corp.

(PhilHealth) could be traced to policies of the state-run health insurer

during the previous administration, a ranking lawmaker has said.

 

World Newsletter
7 August 2020
CHINA NEWS

XI CALLS FOR POOLING WISDOM TO DEVISE FIVE-YEAR PLAN

 

President Xi Jinping has stressed the importance of bolstering top-level design and pooling wisdom from the public in devising China's blueprint for development between 2021 and 2025.

 

World Newsletter
7 August 2020
WORLD NEWS

TIKTOK: TRUMP SIGNS ORDER TO ADDRESS 'THREAT' OF CHINESE APP

 

US President Donald Trump has signed an executive order to ban transactions

with TikTok's parent company ByteDance.

The executive order says the US "must take aggressive action against the

owners of TikTok to protect our national security".

 

World Newsletter
7 August 2020
PHILIPPINES NEWS

LOCSIN, POMPEO DISCUSS US POLICY SHIFT IN SOUTH CHINA SEA

 

MANILA — The top diplomats of the Philippines and the United States

discussed Washington's latest policy declaration on maritime disputes in the

South China Sea.

 

World Newsletter
6 August 2020
CHINA NEWS

XI EXTENDS CONDOLENCES OVER BEIRUT BLAST

 

President Xi Jinping sent a message of condolence to Lebanese President Michel Aoun on Wednesday over explosions in the country's capital, Beirut, that killed more than 110 people.

 

World Newsletter
6 August 2020
WORLD NEWS

LEBANON DECLARES 2-WEEK STATE OF EMERGENCY AFTER DEADLY TWIN BLASTS

 

Lebanon's government on Wednesday announced a two-week state of emergency in

the country's capital following Tuesday's devastating explosion in Beirut.

There were two explosions in Beirut on Tuesday afternoon (local time), which

occurred barely within minutes of each other. The explosions took place in

the central port area of the city. In footage on social media, it appears as

though the two blasts were triggered in different buildings. Following the

first blast, the fire spread to a nearby building, triggering a bigger

explosion.

 

World Newsletter
5 August 2020
CHINA NEWS

EXPERTS SAY CHINA KEY TO GLOBAL RECOVERY

 

China could emerge from the coronavirus pandemic with a more dominant economy, replacing the United States as the world's largest within the current decade, according to experts.

 

World Newsletter
5 August 2020
PHILIPPINES NEWS

JULY INFLATION ACCELERATES TO 2.7 PERCENT, FASTEST IN 6 MONTHS

 

MANILA - Inflation quickened in July based on government data released on

Wednesday, its fastest pace in 6 months due to rising transport costs.

The consumer price index rose 2.7 percent in July, within the Bangko Sentral

ng Pilipinas' estimated range of 2.2 to 3 percent, and between 2.2 to 2.8

percent based on a Reuters poll of 13 economists.

 

World Newsletter
4 August 2020
CHINA NEWS

CHINA SUSPENDS HK-NZ FUGITIVE DEAL

 

China has decided to suspend the agreement on surrendering fugitive offenders and the agreement on mutual legal assistance in criminal matters between its Hong Kong Special Administrative Region and New Zealand, Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin announced on Monday.

 

World Newsletter
4 August 2020
WORLD NEWS

DONALD TRUMP BANS H-1B TECH WORKERS FROM FEDERAL GOVERNMENT CONTRACTS

 

US President Donald Trump on Monday signed an executive order restricting

federal agencies from contracting or subcontracting foreign workers, hurting

Indian IT professionals who work in the US on the H-1B visa.

 

World Newsletter
4 August 2020
PHILIPPINES NEWS

DUTERTE BANS PHILIPPINES FROM JOINING NAVAL EXERCISES IN SOUTH CHINA SEA

 

MANILA — The Philippines will no longer be participating in joint maritime

exercises in the South China Sea with other countries, Defense Secretary

Delfin Lorenzana said Monday.

 

World Newsletter
3 August 2020
CHINA NEWS

KEY MEETING SETS TONE FOR FURTHER OPENING-UP

 

Chinese leaders have vowed to strengthen the country's economic opening-up drive, which is not in conflict with its recent emphasis on boosting domestic demand but will benefit the global economic recovery, analysts said.

 

World Newsletter
3 August 2020
WORLD NEWS

TRUMP TO GIVE BYTEDANCE 45 DAYS TO DIVEST THE US OPERATIONS OF TIKTOK TO

MICROSOFT

 

US President Donald Trump told reporters on Friday he planned to sign an

executive order to ban popular short-video app TikTok in the US, where it

has up to 80 million active monthly users. The app - mostly used by people

under 20 - is owned by Chinese company ByteDance.

 

World Newsletter
3 August 2020
PHILIPPINES NEWS

DUTERTE PUTS METRO MANILA, NEARBY PROVINCES UNDER MECQ

 

MANILA — President Rodrigo Duterte has approved the imposition of Modified

Enhanced Community Quarantine in Metro Manila, Laguna, Cavite, Rizal and

Bulacan as recommended by members of the Cabinet.

 

World Newsletter
1 August 2020
CHINA NEWS

XI UNVEILS BEIDOU FULL-SCALE COVERAGE

 

President Xi Jinping announced on Friday that China's Beidou Navigation Satellite System has been completed and has started providing full-scale global services that day.

 

World Newsletter
1 August 2020
PHILIPPINES NEWS

LOCSIN: FILIPINOS LEAVING SABAH SHOULD NOT BE CALLED REPATRIATES

 

MANILA - Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. on Friday said

Filipinos leaving Sabah due to the COVID-19 pandemic should not be called

repatriates.

 

World Newsletter
1 August 2020
WORLD NEWS

TRUMP NOW SAYS HE DOESN'T WANT TO POSTPONE PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS IN

NOVEMBER

 

President Donald Trump has walked back his controversial suggestion to delay

the November 3 elections in the face of fierce opposition from even

Republicans.

 

World Newsletter
31 July 2020
CHINA NEWS

XI DECLARES START OF BEIDOU'S FULL-SCALE GLOBAL SERVICE

 

President Xi Jinping announced on Friday morning that China's Beidou Navigation Satellite System has been completed and started providing full-scale global services on the day.

 

World Newsletter
31 July 2020
WORLD NEWS

DONALD TRUMP RAISES POSSIBILITY OF DELAYING THE ELECTION

 

US President Donald Trump on Thursday raised the possibility of delaying the

nation's November 3 presidential election, though the Constitution bestows

that power on Congress, not the president.

 

World Newsletter
31 July 2020
PHILIPPINES NEWS

GCQ IN METRO MANILA EXTENDED UNTIL AUG. 15 DESPITE INCREASE IN COVID-19

CASES

 

MANILA -- President Rodrigo Duterte has extended the general community in

Metro Manila to Aug. 15 despite the rising number of COVID-19 infections in

the country.

 

World Newsletter
30 July 2020
CHINA NEWS

PRESIDENT PROMOTES PLA OFFICER TO RANK OF GENERAL

 

President Xi Jinping promoted Xu Zhongbo, political commissar of the People's Liberation Army Rocket Force, to the rank of general on Wednesday.

 

World Newsletter
30 July 2020
WORLD NEWS

FOUR BIG TECH CEOs GETTING HEAT FROM CONGRESS ON COMPETITION

 

Fending off accusations of stifling competition, four Big Tech CEOs -

Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg, Amazon's Jeff Bezos, Sundar Pichai of Google and

Tim Cook of Apple - are answering for their companies' practices before

Congress as a House panel caps its yearlong investigation of market

dominance in the industry.

 

World Newsletter
30 July 2020
PHILIPPINES NEWS

PHILIPPINES WILL NEVER ABANDON SABAH, SPRATLYS CLAIM: LOCSIN

 

MANILA - Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin, Jr. stood pat on his

statement about the Philippines' claim to Sabah after the Malaysian

government summoned the Philippine Ambassador in Kuala Lumpur to explain

Locsin’s tweet that "Sabah is not in Malaysia."

 

World Newsletter
29 July 2020
CHINA NEWS

XI URGES AIIB TO ENGAGE MORE PARTNERS

 

President Xi Jinping called on the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank on Tuesday to make itself a new platform promoting development among all members and facilitating the building of a community with a shared future for mankind in the context of the global response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

World Newsletter
29 July 2020
PHILIPPINES NEWS

'SIGURO BINGI SILA': PALACE SLAMS CRITICS WHO SAY GOV'T LACKS COVID-19

RECOVERY PLAN

 

MANILA-- Malacañang dismissed Tuesday claims that the government has no

pandemic recovery roadmap after President Rodrigo Duterte's fifth State of

the Nation Address failed to detail such a plan.

 

World Newsletter
29 July 2020
WORLD NEWS

CORONAVIRUS: TRUMP STICKS BY REVOKED HYDROXYCHLOROQUINE

 

US President Donald Trump on Tuesday once again endorsed the use of

anti-malarial drug hydroxychloroquine for the treatment of the coronavirus,

AP reported. Trump also claimed that the drug was rejected as a treatment

only because he had supported it.

 

World Newsletter
28 July 2020
CHINA NEWS

CLOSURE OF US CONSULATE NECESSARY ACT

 

Ministry urges Washington to correct its mistakes, get relations back on track.

 

The closure and takeover of the United States' consulate in Chengdu is China's legitimate and necessary response to the unreasonable US act of shutting down and breaking into the Chinese consulate general in Houston, Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin said on Monday.

 

World Newsletter
28 July 2020
WORLD NEWS

CHINA ASKS AFGHANISTAN, NEPAL TO BE LIKE 'IRON BROTHER' PAKISTAN AT A

FOUR-COUNTRY MEET

 

China on Monday convened a rare quadrilateral dialogue with the Foreign

Ministers of Afghanistan, Nepal and Pakistan, pledging to strengthen

cooperation among the four nations in dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic as

well as boosting their economic recoveries, including through regional

connectivity projects.

 

World Newsletter
28 July 2020
PHILIPPINES NEWS

DUTERTE’S SONA: A MIX OF ATTACK, WARNING, PLEA, WISH LIST, PROMISES

 

MANILA—President Rodrigo Duterte delivered his 5th State of the Nation

Address (SONA) yesterday, against the backdrop of a pandemic that has

disrupted the lives of millions of Filipinos and which continues to spread

across the Philippines.

 

World Newsletter
27 July 2020
CHINA NEWS

XI TO DELIVER SPEECH AT AIIB'S ANNUAL EVENT

 

President Xi Jinping will deliver a speech at the opening ceremony of the fifth annual meeting of the Board of Governors of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank to be held via video link on Tuesday in Beijing, Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said on Monday.

 

World Newsletter
27 July 2020
WORLD NEWS

US ELECTIONS 2020: TRUMP FACES HEADWINDS WITH POLLS 100 DAYS AWAY

 

With the November election 100 days away, more Americans say the country is

heading in the wrong direction than at any previous point in Donald Trump's

presidency, putting the incumbent in a perilous position as his re-election

bid against Democrat Joe Biden enters a pivotal stretch.

 

World Newsletter
25 July 2020
CHINA NEWS

XI STRESSES NATION'S COMPETITIVENESS

 

President Xi Jinping has highlighted the need to make the economy more competitive, innovative and able to resist risks as part of efforts to further bolster the real economy, especially the manufacturing sector, and improve the level of entire industrial chains.

 

World Newsletter
25 July 2020
WORLD NEWS

FROM PING-PONG DIPLOMACY TO TIT-FOR-TAT HOSTILITY, US-CHINA TIES SPIRAL DOWN

 

What started with ping-pong diplomacy almost 50 years in the past plunged

into tit-for-tat hostility this week as China retaliated on Friday to the

US' closure of the Chinese language consulate in Houston by ordering the US

consulate in Chengdu to stop operations by Monday.

 

World Newsletter
25 July 2020
PHILIPPINES NEWS

SONA PROTESTS TO PERSIST DESPITE BANS — RIGHTS GROUP

 

MANILA — Mobilizations set on Monday will push through despite the issuance

of protest bans just days before President Rodrigo Duterte’s fifth State of

the Nation Address, according to human rights monitor Karapatan.

 

World Newsletter
25 July 2020
FRONT PAGE NEWS

INDIA, CHINA AGREE TO ANOTHER MEETING OF COMMANDERS

 

India and China on Friday agreed another meeting of the senior commanders

may be held soon so as to work out further steps to ensure expeditiously

complete disengagement and de-escalation and restoration of peace and

tranquillity in the border areas.

 

World Newsletter
24 July 2020
CHINA NEWS

XI STRESSES BUILDING DOMESTIC AUTOMOBILE BRANDS, IMPROVING COMMUNITY GOVERNANCE EFFICACY

 

Xi Jinping, general secretary of the Communist Party of China Central Committee, on Thursday stressed the importance of mastering key and core technologies and building strong domestic automobile brands.

 

World Newsletter
24 July 2020
WORLD NEWS

MIKE POMPEO SAYS FREE WORLD MUST CHANGE CHINA OR 'CHINA WILL CHANGE US'

 

US secretary of state Mike Pompeo has called on "free nations" to triumph

over the threat of what he said was a "new tyranny" from China, in a

provocative speech likely to worsen fraught US-China relations.

 

World Newsletter
24 July 2020
PHILIPPINES NEWS

LAW GROUPS FILE 17TH LEGAL CHALLENGE VS ANTI-TERRORISM LAW

 

MANILA - A group of lawyers on Friday filed the 17th petition against the

much-feared Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020, making it one of the

highly-contested laws before the Supreme Court.

 

World Newsletter
23 July 2020
CHINA NEWS

NATION SHIFTING TO HIGH-QUALITY DEVELOPMENT

 

China's move from export-driven growth to promoting the integration of the domestic and overseas markets reflects the country's shift to nurturing new edges in global competitiveness and fostering high-quality development despite the headwinds it faces, experts and business executives said on Wednesday.

 

World Newsletter
23 July 2020
WORLD NEWS

BRITISH GOVERNMENT TO OPEN SPECIAL CITIZENSHIP PATH TO HONG KONG RESIDENTS

FROM JANUARY

 

Britain's government announced on Wednesday that it will open a new special

pathway to obtaining British citizenship for eligible Hong Kongers from

January 2021.

 

World Newsletter
23 July 2020
PHILIPPINES NEWS

CONSTITUTION FRAMERS, RIGHTS DEFENDERS, JOURNALISTS CHALLENGE ANTI-TERRORISM

ACT

 

MANILA - A group of veteran journalists, lawmakers, human rights defenders

and Constitution framers is the newest to challenge the anti-terror law,

which they described as a "clear and imminent danger to free speech."

 

World Newsletter
22 July 2020
CHINA NEWS

XI: LEVERAGE HUGE DOMESTIC MARKET

 

President Xi Jinping called on Tuesday for greater strides in reform and opening-up, including in science and technology, while fully leveraging the strength of the nation's huge domestic market in the face of rising protectionism, a sluggish global economy and a weakening international market.

 

World Newsletter
22 July 2020
WORLD NEWS

EU NATIONS CLINCH $2.1 TRILLION BUDGET, CORONAVIRUS VIRUS AID DEAL AFTER 4

DAYS

 

Weary but relieved, European Union leaders finally clinched an unprecedented

1.82 trillion euro ($2.1 trillion) budget and coronavirus recovery fund

early Tuesday, somehow finding unity after four days and as many nights of

fighting and wrangling over money and power in one of their longest summits

ever.

 

World Newsletter
22 July 2020
PHILIPPINES NEWS

ANTI-TERROR LAW WON'T STOP SONA PROTESTERS: ACTIVIST GROUP

 

MANILA - The recently-implemented anti-terror law will not dissuade

protesters from physically gathering and airing their grievances during

President Rodrigo Duterte's penultimate State of the Nation Address on

Monday, an activist group said Wednesday.

 

World Newsletter
21 July 2020
CHINA NEWS

XI'S THOUGHT ON DIPLOMACY SHARES VISIONS

 

As the international situation becomes increasingly uncertain, diplomats and experts said Xi Jinping Thought on diplomacy−which puts the building of a community with a shared future for mankind and the building of a new type of international relations featuring fairness, justice and win-win cooperation at its core−is of great significance in coping with global challenges.

 

World Newsletter
21 July 2020
PHILIPPINES NEWS

DUTERTE: MAYORS HAVE TO DO MORE IN PH PANDEMIC FIGHT; COPS TO BE STRICTER IN

IMPLEMENTING COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS

 

"We'll have to ask our police to be more strict," he told Interior Secretary

Eduardo Año.

 

World Newsletter
21 July 2020
WORLD NEWS

UK SUSPENDS EXTRADITION TREATY WITH HONG KONG

 

The UK will suspend its extradition treaty with Hong Kong "immediately and

indefinitely" due to the controversial national security law implemented in

the city by mainland China.

 

World Newsletter
20 July 2020
CHINA NEWS

ECONOMY'S REBOUND SET TO CONTINUE IN H2

 

China's growth recovery is set to continue in the second half of the year, and Beijing's policies are expected to focus on narrowing the development gaps amid the rapid and yet uneven rebound to consolidate the economy's long-term resilience, economists said.

 

World Newsletter
20 July 2020
WORLD NEWS

I'M NOT LOSING: TRUMP REFUSES TO COMMIT TO ELECTION RESULTS IF DEFEATED

 

US President Donald Trump, who earlier said he would peacefully leave if he is voted out in the upcoming presidential elections, has now taken a U-turn.

 

World Newsletter
20 July 2020
PHILIPPINES NEWS

DUTERTE SIGNS LAW ALLOWING ADJUSTMENTS IN SCHOOL CALENDAR

 

MANILA -- President Rodrigo Duterte has signed into law a bill that allows

him to adjust the opening of classes during a state of emergency or

calamity.

 

World Newsletter
18 July 2020
CHINA NEWS

XI CALLS FOR STRONGER FLOOD MEASURES

 

President Xi Jinping called on Friday for much stronger measures in flood prevention and rescue work and urged relevant departments to give priority to the safety of people's lives and property.

 

World Newsletter
18 July 2020
WORLD NEWS

POMPEO CALLS FOR GLOBAL PUSH BACK AGAINST XI; CHINA SAYS WILL FIGHT BACK

AGAINST 'MALICIOUS SLANDER'

 

The time has come for the world to push back against the challenge posed by

the Chinese Communist Party, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has said as he

contended that the US "slept on this threat for too long." Pompeo also said

the Chinese government was aware of human-to-human transmission of the

coronavirus before they shared this information with the world.

 

World Newsletter
18 July 2020
PHILIPPINES NEWS

ANTI-TERRORISM LAW TAKES EFFECT TODAY

 

MANILA — Denounced on several fronts and challenged before the Supreme

Court, the Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020 takes effect today – even in the

absence of implementing rules and regulations.

 

World Newsletter
17 July 2020
CHINA NEWS

XI HAILS EXECS' FAITH IN GROWTH, PLEDGES REFORM

 

China will keep deepening reform and expanding opening-up and provide a better business environment for the investment and business development of Chinese and foreign enterprises, President Xi Jinping said in a letter of reply to representatives of Global CEO Council members.

 

World Newsletter
17 July 2020
WORLD NEWS

U.K., U.S., CANADA ACCUSE RUSSIA OF HACKING COVID-19 VACCINE TRIALS

 

The US, UK and Canada have accused Russia of trying to steal coronavirus vaccine research as the pandemic surges across the world, with Brazil announcing it has surpassed two million confirmed cases.

 

World Newsletter
17 July 2020
PHILIPPINES NEWS

DUTERTE TO PHYSICALLY DELIVER 5TH SONA IN BATASANG PAMBANSA AMID PANDEMIC:

SOTTO

 

MANILA — For the first time, President Duterte will deliver his fifth State

of the Nation Address (SONA) at the Batasang Pambansa with a limited number

of lawmakers and an empty gallery in an effort to protect him from

coronavirus infection, Senate President Vicente Sotto III said yesterday.

 

World Newsletter
16 July 2020
CHINA NEWS

XI SAYS FUNDAMENTALS OF CHINA'S LONG-TERM GROWTH WILL NOT CHANGE

 

The fundamentals of China's long-term sound economic growth have not changed and will not change, President Xi Jinping said Wednesday in a reply letter to global CEOs.

 

World Newsletter
16 July 2020
PHILIPPINES NEWS

LOCSIN MEETS WITH CHINESE COUNTERPART ON SEA ROW

 

MANILA — After a strong Philippine statement declaring the 2016 South China

Sea ruling as “non-negotiable,” Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr.

and Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi agreed to address

the dispute through “friendly” consultation.

 

World Newsletter
16 July 2020
WORLD NEWS

TANKER OFF UAE SOUGHT BY US OVER IRAN SANCTIONS 'HIJACKED'

 

An oil tanker sought by the U.S. over allegedly circumventing sanctions on

Iran was hijacked on July 5 off the coast of the United Arab Emirates, a

seafarers welfare organization said Wednesday.

 

World Newsletter
15 July 2020
CHINA NEWS

XI CALLS FOR SOLIDARITY IN FIGHTING VIRUS

 

China stands ready to strengthen cooperation with the international community, including Singapore and Thailand, in fighting the novel coronavirus pandemic and jointly promoting global public health security, President Xi Jinping said on Tuesday.

 

World Newsletter
15 July 2020
PHILIPPINES NEWS

DAYS AFTER ABS-CBN SHUTDOWN, DUTERTE CELEBRATES ‘DISMANTLING THE OLIGARCHY’

 

MANILA - President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday tagged the Ayalas and Lopezes

as the bedrock of oligarchy in the Philippines that he claimed to have

dismantled, citing alleged violations by companies owned by the family

conglomerates.

 

World Newsletter
15 July 2020
WORLD NEWS

DONALD TRUMP ENDS HONG KONG'S SPECIAL STATUS WITH US TO PUNISH CHINA

 

U.S. President Donald Trump, hardening his stance on China as he struggles

to contain the coronavirus, said on Tuesday he signed legislation and an

executive order to hold China accountable for the "oppressive" national

security law it imposed on Hong Kong.

 

World Newsletter
15 July 2020
FRONT PAGE NEWS

LAC STANDOFF: FOURTH ROUND OF CONSULTATIONS HELD

 

India and China held the fourth round of Corps Commanders talks at Chushul

on Tuesday to work out details on the second phase of disengagement on the

Line of Actual Control (LAC). The talks were still on after 11 hours.

 

World Newsletter
14 July 2020
CHINA NEWS

ALERT RAISED IN NORTH AS FLOODING CONTINUES IN SOUTH

 

Authorities have warned of the possibility of major floods in China's northern areas as inundations continue to cause serious damage in many parts of the southern half of the country, especially along the Yangtze River's middle and lower reaches.

 

World Newsletter
14 July 2020
WORLD NEWS

SOUTH CHINA SEA DISPUTE: CHINA'S PURSUIT OF RESOURCES 'UNLAWFUL', SAYS US

 

China's pursuit of offshore resources in parts of the South China Sea is "completely unlawful", US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has said.

 

World Newsletter
14 July 2020
PHILIPPINES NEWS

CHINESE EMBASSY CLAIMS ARBITRAL AWARD IN FAVOR OF PH 'ILLEGAL', 'INVALID'

 

MANILA - The Chinese embassy in Manila on Monday claimed that the Permanent

Court of Arbitration's ruling in favor of the Philippines in 2016 over

disputed areas in the West Philippine Sea is "illegal and invalid".

 

World Newsletter
13 July 2020
CHINA NEWS

XI URGES ALL-OUT EFFORT TO PROTECT PEOPLE FROM FLOOD

 

Nearly 38 million people have been affected by floods, with 141 dead or missing, China's flood-control authorities said on Monday.

 

World Newsletter
13 July 2020
WORLD NEWS

UK-CHINA TIES FREEZE WITH DEBATE OVER HUAWEI, HONG KONG

 

Only five years ago, then-British Prime Minister David Cameron was

celebrating a "golden era" in U.K.-China relations, bonding with President

Xi Jinping over a pint of beer at the pub and signing off on trade deals

worth billions.

 

World Newsletter
13 July 2020
PHILIPPINES NEWS

WEST PH SEA AWARD IS ‘NON-NEGOTIABLE’, DFA SAYS ON 4TH ANNIV OF LEGAL

VICTORY

 

MANILA - The Philippines’ arbitration victory against China is

“non-negotiable”, the Department of Foreign Affairs said on Sunday on the

4th anniversary of the verdict.

 

World Newsletter
11 July 2020
CHINA NEWS

PBOC MIGHT END MONETARY 'CRISIS MODE'

 

China's historically high credit growth in the first half of this year has strongly supported economic recovery as the novel coronavirus epidemic has been almost controlled in the country, the central bank said on Friday. It added that monetary policy will be back to normal if the outlook remains optimistic.

 

World Newsletter
11 July 2020
WORLD NEWS

ISRAEL'S ANNEXATION OF PARTS OF WEST BANK OPPOSED BY WORLD LEADERS

 

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu appears determined to carry out

his pledge to begin annexing parts of the occupied West Bank - the

5,650-square-km chunk of land - which finds itself at the centre of an

intense territorial conflict between Israel and Palestine.

 

World Newsletter
11 July 2020
PHILIPPINES NEWS

HOUSE COMMITTEE DENIES ABS-CBN A NEW FRANCHISE

 

MANILA -- Congressmen on Friday voted to "kill" a new broadcast franchise

for ABS-CBN Corp., permanently shutting down a major part of the country’s

largest media network, in what is seen as part of a worsening crackdown on

press freedom under President Rodrigo Duterte.

World Newsletter
10 July 2020
CHINA NEWS

POSITIVE ENERGY URGED BETWEEN CHINA AND US

 

China on Thursday proposed a list of interactions with the United States on specifying cooperation, maintaining dialogue and properly handling differences as their relationship faces the most severe challenge since the establishment of diplomatic ties.

 

World Newsletter
10 July 2020
WORLD NEWS

WHO LAUNCHES REVIEW OF COVID-19 PANDEMIC RESPONSE AFTER TRUMP CRITICISM

 

The World Health Organization named leaders of an independent panel to

review its response to the Covid-19 pandemic that has been criticized by the

US.

 

World Newsletter
10 July 2020
PHILIPPINES NEWS

ABS-CBN FRANCHISE BACKERS MAKE FINAL PLEA FOR VOTES

 

MANILA -- With more than 11,000 jobs on the line, a group of congressmen

made a last-ditch effort to convince colleagues Thursday to vote in favor of

granting a new broadcast franchise to ABS-CBN.

 

World Newsletter
9 July 2020
CHINA NEWS

XI, PUTIN STRESS CHINA-RUSSIA PARTNERSHIP

 

President Xi Jinping reaffirmed on Wednesday China's stance toward Russia of supporting each other, opposing external interference and safeguarding both countries' national sovereignty, security and development interests.

 

World Newsletter
9 July 2020
WORLD NEWS

HARVARD, MIT SUE U.S. IMMIGRATION AUTHORITIES OVER NEW RULE FOR FOREIGN

STUDENTS: REPORT

 

Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have

sued the Department of Homeland Security and the federal immigration agency

over new guidelines barring foreign students from remaining in America if

their universities switched to online-only classes in the Fall.

 

World Newsletter
8 July 2020
CHINA NEWS

MEETING BOOSTS CHINA-ARAB TIES AMID CONTAGION

 

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought China and Arab nations much closer together through the China-Arab States Cooperation Forum and the mechanism of political parties' dialogue as they take concrete steps to build a China-Arab community with a shared future, officials and experts said.

 

World Newsletter
8 July 2020
WORLD NEWS

TRUMP ADMINISTRATION SUBMITS FORMAL NOTICE OF WITHDRAWAL FROM W.H.O

 

The Trump administration has formally notified the United Nations of its

withdrawal from the World Health Organization, although the pullout won't

take effect until next year, meaning it could be rescinded under a new

administration or if circumstances change. Former Vice President Joe Biden,

the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, said he would reverse the

decision on his first day in office if elected.

 

World Newsletter
8 July 2020
PHILIPPINES NEWS

'HUWAG HO KAYONG MATAKOT': DUTERTE SAYS LAW-ABIDING CITIZENS SHOULD NOT FEAR

ANTI-TERROR LAW

 

MANILA - President Rodrigo Duterte said the public should not worry about

the new anti-terror law if they are not terrorists.

Addressing the nation for the first time since he signed the law last

Friday, Duterte said law-abiding citizens of the country will not be

targetted by the law.

 

World Newsletter
7 July 2020
CHINA NEWS

RESERVOIRS KEY TO REDUCING FLOODS

 

Due to intermittent rainstorms and heavy downpours, severe floods have swept across southern China almost every year. Since the start of this year, many parts of southern China have experienced frequent, intense rainfall within a short of period of time.

 

World Newsletter
7 July 2020
WORLD NEWS

US FLEXES MILITARY MUSCLE AT CHINA AS BEIJING DRAWS DOWN IN ITS BORDER SPAT

WITH INDIA

 

The United States is flexing its military muscle at China on behalf of India

and other Asian allies and partners, amid signs that Washington is finally

ready to take some punitive action against Beijing for its role in spreading

the coronavirus pandemic around the globe.

 

World Newsletter
7 July 2020
PHILIPPINES NEWS

INFLATION QUICKENS TO 2.5 PERCENT IN JUNE AS GOV'T LOOSENS VIRUS LOCKDOWNS

 

MANILA — Inflation accelerated for the first time this year in June as the

economy began to come out of strict lockdowns, the Philippine Statistics

Authority (PSA) reported on Tuesday.

 

World Newsletter
6 July 2020
CHINA NEWS

XI VOWS CLOSER TIES WITH GHANA, MONGOLIA

 

China will deepen cooperation with Ghana in various fields under the joint construction of the Belt and Road and within the framework of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation.

 

World Newsletter
6 July 2020
PHILIPPINES NEWS

AS SOON AS SC OPENS, LAW PROFESSORS FIRE PETITIONS VS ANTI-TERRORISM LAW

 

MANILA — As soon as the Supreme Court opened its gates on Monday morning —

the first weekday since President Rodrigo Duterte signed the Anti-Terrorism

Act of 2020 — law professors trooped to the tribunal to challenge the

contentious new law.

 

World Newsletter
6 July 2020
WORLD NEWS

FIRE AT IRAN'S NATANZ NUCLEAR FACILITY CAUSED SIGNIFICANT DAMAGE,SAYS

SPOKESMAN

 

A fire at Iran's underground Natanz nuclear facility has caused significant

damage that could slow the development of advanced centrifuges used to

enrich uranium, an Iranian nuclear official said on Sunday.

 

World Newsletter
4 July 2020
CHINA NEWS

XI HAILS COMMUNITY OF SHARED FUTURE WITH CAMBODIA

 

President Xi Jinping on Friday hailed the China-Cambodia community with a shared future as unbreakable as the nations have supported and closely coordinated with each other while making concerted efforts to fight the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

World Newsletter
4 July 2020
WORLD NEWS

AFTER HK, US & CHINA SPAR OVER PLA DRILLS IN SOUTH CHINA SEA

 

China on Friday rejected criticism by the US defence department of its plan

to hold military exercises in the South China Sea, and suggested that

Washington was to blame for increased tensions in the region. The Pentagon

said in a statement on Thursday that conducting military exercises over

disputed territory in the South China Sea was "counter-productive to efforts

at easing tensions and maintaining stability".

 

World Newsletter
4 July 2020
PHILIPPINES NEWS

DUTERTE SIGNS ANTI-TERRORISM BILL

 

MANILA — President Rodrigo Duterte has signed the anti-terrorism bill into

law, days after the Department of Justice and the Office of the Chief

Presidential Legal Counsel submitted their recommendations on the proposal,

which human rights groups warn could lead to abuse by security forces.

 

World Newsletter
3 July 2020
CHINA NEWS

DIPLOMACY IN TIME OF VIRUS CEMENTS TIES

 

The COVID-19 pandemic may have pressed the "pause" button on interaction between countries, but China's diplomacy led by President Xi Jinping, in the form of phone calls, correspondence and videoconferences, has helped to further enhance the country's relations with the rest of the world amid the pandemic, officials and experts said.

 

World Newsletter
3 July 2020
WORLD NEWS

A CORNERED OLI PROROGUES THE HOUSE AND CONSIDERS SPLITTING THE RULING PARTY

 

After finding himself on shaky ground in the wake of growing calls from

within his party to step down, Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli on Thursday

recommended prorogation of the ongoing session of the federal parliament.

The recommendation was swiftly approved by the President.

 

World Newsletter
3 July 2020
PHILIPPINES NEWS

LORENZANA: CHINESE MILITARY DRILLS IN SOUTH CHINA SEA 'HIGHLY-PROVOCATIVE'

 

MANILA - Philippine Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana has raised alarm over

China's move to hold military exercises in contested areas in the South

China Sea.

 

World Newsletter
2 July 2020
CHINA NEWS

DOUBLE STANDARD OF WEST ON HK AND XINJIANG HAS BEEN EXPOSED

 

Many Western governments are good at claiming the moral high ground, for example, by calling the invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan as a mission to spread freedom and democracy, and the killing of innocent civilians as collateral damage.

 

World Newsletter
2 July 2020
WORLD NEWS

A LOOSE STRATEGIC COALITION IS GROWING AGAINST CHINA

 

From Australia to Japan, United States to Asean and countries in Europe, a

loose strategic coalition is taking on China even as New Delhi tries to

break the deadlock with Beijing amid the standoff along the LAC.

 

World Newsletter
2 July 2020
PHILIPPINES NEWS

ABS-CBN HAS NO TAX DELINQUENCY, BIR TELLS SOLONS

 

MANILA--ABS-CBN Corp. has no current tax delinquency and, with the rest of

the companies under the ABS-CBN Group, infused a combined P71.5 billion in

taxes to government coffers in 17 years, congressmen scrutinizing its

application for a new broadcast franchise were told Wednesday.

 

World Newsletter
1 July 2020
CHINA NEWS

XI CALLS FOR STRONGER CPC IN THE NEW ERA

 

The Communist Party of China must better implement its organizational line in the new era to make itself stronger, Xi Jinping, general secretary of the CPC Central Committee, said on Monday.

 

World Newsletter
1 July 2020
WORLD NEWS

POMPEO'S PUSH TO EXTEND IRAN ARMS EMBARGO FACES UPHILL BATTLE AT UN

 

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo called on the United Nations Security Council

today to extend the conventional arms embargo on Iran indefinitely, only to

face several harsh rebukes from allies and adversaries alike.

World Newsletter
1 July 2020
PHILIPPINES NEWS

PROJECT ARK VOWS TO HELP IN CEBU COVID-19 RESPONSE

 

MANILA - The business community through the Go Negosyo Project Antibody

Rapid test Kit (ARK) initiative and the Cebu Chamber of Commerce and

Industry (CCCI) have vowed to help the provincial government mitigate the

increasing cases of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in Cebu,

presidential adviser for entrepreneurship and Go Negosyo founder Joey

Concepcion said yesterday.

 

World Newsletter
30 June 2020
CHINA NEWS

KEY MEETING FOCUSES ON CPC RULES

 

A key Party meeting on Monday stressed the need to improve the quality of intraparty elections and come up with higher criteria for candidates to ensure that highly qualified delegates are elected.

 

World Newsletter
30 June 2020
PHILIPPINES NEWS

ABS-CBN 'FULLY COMPLIANT' WITH LABOR STANDARDS: DOLE EXEC

 

Two former workers testify vs ABS-CBN on labor issues

MANILA -- ABS-CBN Corp. complied with Philippine labor standards following a

routine inspection by the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), an

official told congressmen hearing the shuttered broadcast network's

application for a new operating franchise on Monday.

 

World Newsletter
30 June 2020
WORLD NEWS

US ENDS SENSITIVE DEFENCE EXPORTS TO HONG KONG; CHINA WARNS OF VISA BANS

 

The United States said Monday it was ending the export of sensitive military

items to Hong Kong, no longer treating the financial hub separately from

China.

 

World Newsletter
29 June 2020
CHINA NEWS

XI CALLS FOR ALL-OUT EFFORTS IN FLOOD RELIEF

 

President Xi Jinping has underlined the importance of putting people and life first in an instruction given on the country's flood control and disaster relief work.

 

World Newsletter
29 June 2020
WORLD NEWS

IRAN EXPERIENCING ITS TOUGHEST YEAR DUE TO SANCTIONS, VIRUS: ROUHANI

 

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Sunday that his country is

experiencing its toughest year because of US sanctions coupled with the

Covid-19 pandemic.

 

World Newsletter
27 June 2020
WORLD NEWS


STRUCTURES LIKE UNSC HAVE TEETH BUT LITTLE OR NO APPETITE TO BITE: UN CHIEF

Multilateral instruments such as the UN Security Council have teeth but
"show little or no appetite to bite, UN chief Antonio Guterres has said as
he underlined the need for "effective and inclusive" multilateralism.
As the world body on Friday commemorates the 75th anniversary of the
adoption of the UN Charter, the founding document of the Organisation, the
Secretary General said there is a need to re-imagine the way nations
cooperate.

World Newsletter
27 June 2020
PHILIPPINES NEWS


DUTERTE ON SCS: AVOID ESCALATING TENSION

MANILA — Expressing “serious concern” over recent incidents in the South
China Sea, President Duterte urged yesterday fellow members of the
Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), particularly parties to the
South China Sea dispute, to refrain from escalating tension and abide with
their responsibilities under international law.

World Newsletter
26 June 2020
CHINA NEWS

OVERSEAS DRUGS THREATEN EFFORTS OF CRACKDOWN

 

The penetration of drugs into China from abroad has become an external threat to China's crackdown on drug crimes in recent years, a report released by the National Narcotics Control Commission warned on Wednesday.

 

World Newsletter
26 June 2020
WORLD NEWS

US SHIFTING MILITARY TO INDIA, SOUTHEAST ASIA TO COUNTER CHINESE ARMY:

POMPEO

 

The United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo today said that the US is

reducing its troop presence in Europe and shifting it to other places to

counter Chinese threat to India and Southeast Asia.

 

World Newsletter
26 June 2020
PHILIPPINES NEWS

DUTERTE JOINS ASEAN SUMMIT AS CONFERENCE GOES ONLINE

 

MANILA-- President Rodrigo Duterte on Friday joined other world leaders in

the 36th Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit as the

conference went online in light of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

The Philippine leader is expected to raise the South China Sea maritime

dispute and issues concerning the welfare of overseas Filipino workers in

the summit.

 

World Newsletter
25 June 2020
CHINA NEWS

VACCINE ENTERS PHASE 3 TRIAL

 

China reached an important new level of vaccine development with the start of the phase three clinical trial of an inactivated vaccine candidate against COVID-19 in the United Arab Emirates on Tuesday.

 

World Newsletter
25 June 2020
WORLD NEWS

CHINA CAUTIONS US OVER ACTIONS AGAINST FOUR MORE MEDIA OUTLETS

 

China has warned that it will take countermeasures after the US added four

more Chinese media outlets to a list of organisations that should be

considered foreign missions in the United States because of their ties to

the government and ruling Communist Party.

 

World Newsletter
25 June 2020
PHILIPPINES NEWS

ROBREDO: GOVERNMENT FAILED TO 'ACT URGENTLY' AT THE ONSET OF COVID-19 CRISIS

 

MANILA — The Philippines failed to "act urgently" at the start of the

coronavirus pandemic and was still "catching up" with the response of other

countries despite imposing one of the longest lockdowns in the world, Vice

President Leni Robredo said Thursday.

 

World Newsletter
24 June 2020
CHINA NEWS

XI: STEP UP BATTLE AGAINST ILLEGAL DRUGS

 

President Xi Jinping has called for efforts to continue the tough fight against drugs and make new progress in drug control.

World Newsletter
24 June 2020
WORLD NEWS

US ENVOY SAYS CHINA HAS 'OBLIGATION' TO JOIN RUSSIA-US NUCLEAR ARMS TALKS

 

While the US is pushing for China to join its arms talks with Russia for a

'three-way' negotiation, the American negotiator Marshall Billingslea has

said Beijing has an "obligation" to join the talks.

World Newsletter
24 June 2020
PHILIPPINES NEWS

DUTERTE BACKS 14-DAY DETENTION FOR TERROR SUSPECTS: PALACE

 

President Rodrigo Duterte believes the anti-terrorism bill allowing

authorities to hold suspects without charge for at least 2 weeks does not

violate the Constitution, his spokesperson said Wednesday.

 

World Newsletter
23 June 2020
CHINA NEWS

LAST THIRD-GEN BEIDOU SATELLITE FIRED INTO ORBIT

 

The final satellite to complete the third-generation network of China's Beidou Navigation Satellite System was launched on Tuesday morning, marking a new milestone in the nation's space endeavors.

 

World Newsletter
23 June 2020
WORLD NEWS

SUSPENSION OF FOREIGN WORK VISAS TO FREE UP TO 5.25 LAKH JOBS IN US: WHITE HOUSE

 

The temporary suspension of foreign work visas including H-1B and L1, that benefit Indian IT professionals, is expected to free up to 5,25,000 jobs in the US, senior administration officials said after President Donald Trump issued a proclamation in this regard.

 

World Newsletter
23 June 2020
PHILIPPINES NEWS

DUTERTE: ANTI-TERRORISM BILL STILL UNDER PALACE LEGAL TEAM REVIEW

 

MANILA - President Rodrigo Duterte's legal team is still reviewing the

controversial anti-terrorism bill that was transmitted to the Palace on June

9.

 

World Newsletter
22 June 2020
CHINA NEWS

CHINA-EU MEETING TO ENHANCE TIES

 

As the 22nd China-European Union leaders' meeting is set to be held via videoconference on Monday, observers said the two major global players could use the first official meeting between Chinese leaders and the new EU leadership to forge an even closer relationship amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

World Newsletter
22 June 2020
WORLD NEWS

COVID-19 TESTING DOUBLE-EDGED SWORD, ASKED MY PEOPLE TO SLOW IT DOWN’:

TRUMP

 

US President Donald Trump on Saturday told supporters at an election rally

in Oklahoma’s Tulsa that he had ordered officials to slow down testing for

coronavirus disease (Covid-19) as it led to more cases.

 

World Newsletter
22 June 2020
PHILIPPINES NEWS

PHILIPPINES TO PROD CHINA AGAIN OVER COMPENSATION FOR GEM-VER FISHERMEN

 

MANILA - The Philippines will again bring to China's attention the payment

of damages to the crew of a Philippine boat that a Chinese vessel sunk last

year in waters where Manila has exclusive rights over resources.

 

World Newsletter
20 June 2020
WORLD NEWS

GERMANY, FRANCE, U.K. PRESS IRAN TO PROVIDE ATOMIC SITE ACCESS

 

The board of the United Nations' atomic watchdog agency on June 19 adopted a

resolution calling for Iran to provide inspectors access to sites where the

country is thought to have stored or used undeclared nuclear material, the

Russian representative said.

 

World Newsletter
20 June 2020
PHILIPPINES NEWS

OMBUDSMAN SUMMONS DOCUMENTS ON COVID

 

The Office of the Ombudsman has ordered the Departments of Health (DOH) and

of Budget and Management (DBM) to submit documents related to the budget for

its response to the coronavirus disease 2019 or COVID-19 pandemic.

 

World Newsletter
19 June 2020
CHINA NEWS

XI'S SPEECH AT ANTI-VIRUS SUMMIT HAILED

 

African leaders and experts have hailed President Xi Jinping's keynote speech at the Extraordinary China-Africa Summit on Solidarity Against COVID-19, saying the mutual support of China and African countries in the anti-epidemic fight is a vivid illustration of a China-Africa community with a shared future.

 

World Newsletter
19 June 2020
WORLD NEWS

DREAMERS CAN STAY IN THE UNITED STATES

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World Newsletter
19 June 2020
PHILIPPINES NEWS

PALACE HAILS FRONTLINERS AS MODERN-DAY HEROES ON RIZAL'S 159TH BIRTH

ANNIVERSARY

 

MANILA-- Malacañang on Friday hailed Filipinos leading the fight against the

COVID-19 pandemic as modern-day heroes as the Philippines marked the 159th

birth anniversary of Jose Rizal.

 

World Newsletter
18 June 2020
CHINA NEWS

XI UNVEILS STEPS TO HELP AFRICA IN COVID FIGHT

 

President Xi Jinping announced a number of measures to consolidate China-Africa cooperation in battling COVID-19 at a special summit on Wednesday evening.

 

World Newsletter
18 June 2020
WORLD NEWS

BOLTON CLAIMS TRUMP PLEADED WITH CHINA FOR RE-ELECTION HELP

 

US President Donald Trump pleaded with Chinese leader Xi JinPing to help him

win a re-election and sold allies down the drain so as to not displease

Beijing, former National Security Advisor John Bolton has alleged in

explosive revelations in his upcoming book "The Room Where It Happened:

World Newsletter
18 June 2020
PHILIPPINES NEWS

LEACHON RESIGNS OVER DOH'S 'LACK OF SENSE OF URGENCY,' DATA MANAGEMENT

PROBLEMS

 

MANILA — Disagreements with how the Duterte administration is handling the

coronavirus pandemic prompted Dr. Anthony Leachon to quit his post as

adviser on Wednesday, joining a number of top officials who left the

government over a much-criticized strategy in confronting the outbreak.

“I left due to my differences with DOH (Department of Health) policies e.g.

lack of sense of urgency, problems in COVID-19 data management, and

transparency in communication process,” Leachon said in an online exchange

with Philstar.com.

 

World Newsletter
17 June 2020
CHINA NEWS

XI HAILS TIES WITH LEADERS OF ECUADOR, TAJIKISTAN

 

China stands ready to promote international cooperation in fighting the COVID-19 pandemic to secure the final victory over the global public health crisis, President Xi Jinping said on Tuesday.

 

World Newsletter
17 June 2020
WORLD NEWS

A LOW-COST DRUG IS FIRST TO REDUCE COVID DEATHS

 

In a major breakthrough, Oxford University scientists have identified a

steroid drug widely used to treat asthma, allergies and rheumatoid

arthritis, has significantly reducing risk of death from Covid-19 among

patients with severe respiratory complications.

 

World Newsletter
17 June 2020
PHILIPPINES NEWS

PALACE: ECQ ONLY WAY TO CURB CORONAVIRUS SPREAD IN CEBU CITY

 

MANILA -- Placing Cebu City under enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) again

is meant to curb the widespread transmission of COVID-19 in the major

Visayan city, Malacañang said Tuesday.

 

World Newsletter
16 June 2020
CHINA NEWS

XI TO GIVE ADDRESS AT CHINA-AFRICA COVID-19 SUMMIT

 

President Xi Jinping will preside over a special summit on Africa and China's joint fight against COVID-19 on Wednesday and will deliver a keynote speech, Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said on Tuesday.

 

World Newsletter
16 June 2020
WORLD NEWS

XI's FORTRESS AGAINST PANDEMIC CRACKS AS BEIJING CLUSTER GROWS

 

Beijing, on Monday, began COVID-19 tests for 90,000 people and locked down

several residential areas near a wholesale market in Beijing where a new

cluster of COVID-19 broke out - an unnerving breach in the capital, which

President Xi Jinping had said, should be a "fortress against the pandemic".

 

World Newsletter
16 June 2020
PHILIPPINES NEWS

METRO MANILA GCQ EXTENDED UNTIL JUNE 30; CEBU CITY PUT ON ECQ

 

MANILA — Metro Manila will remain under a general community quarantine until

the end of June, two weeks after the GCQ was announced to help restart the

country's economy.

 

World Newsletter
15 June 2020
CHINA NEWS

BEIJING SWIFT TO CURB NEW COVID CASES

 

Beijing is taking swift steps to curb a new cluster of local COVID-19 infections that has led to more than 50 new cases in the past four days, including shuttering a major wholesale market linked to all new infections, imposing a partial lockdown in its vicinity and ramping up mass testing and screening in key areas.

 

World Newsletter
15 June 2020
WORLD NEWS

FRENCH LEADER REJECTS RACISM BUT SAYS COLONIAL-ERA STATUES WILL STAY;

REOPENS ECONOMY TO QUICKEN VIRUS RECOVERY

 

French President Emmanuel Macron has vowed on Sunday to stand firm against

racism but also praised police and insisted that France wouldn't take down

statues of controversial, colonial-era figures, as he addressed the issues

for the first time since George Floyd's death in the U.S.

 

World Newsletter
15 June 2020
PHILIPPINES NEWS

RAPPLER CHIEF MARIA RESSA FOUND GUILTY OF CYBER LIBEL

 

MANILA - Rappler CEO Maria Ressa was on Monday found guilty of cyber libel

over a 2012 article that linked a businessman to alleged illegal activities.

 

World Newsletter
13 June 2020
CHINA NEWS

BEIJING CLOSES PRODUCE MARKET OVER NEW VIRUS CASES

 

Beijing reported four new confirmed cases of COVID-19 from 4 pm to 12 pm on Friday - totaling seven confirmed cases on Thursday and Friday, with all having close connection with the just closed Xinfadi agricultural products wholesale market in the city's Fengtai district.

 

World Newsletter
13 June 2020
WORLD NEWS

PRITI PATEL CLASHES WITH LABOUR MPs OVER EXPERIENCES OF RACISM

 

Home Secretary Priti Patel has clashed with a group of Labour MPs who have

accused her of "gaslighting" black people's experience of racism.

 

World Newsletter
13 June 2020
PHILIPPINES NEWS

PHILIPPINES TO GET VACCINE PRIORITY, XI TELLS DUTERTE

 

DAVAO CITY – On the eve of the 122nd anniversary of Philippine Independence

Day, Chinese President Xi Jinping called President Duterte to congratulate

and assure him that Filipinos would be prioritized in the distribution of a

vaccine for coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) once it becomes available in

China.

 

World Newsletter
12 June 2020
CHINA NEWS

XI HAILS STRENGTHENED TIES IN PANDEMIC FIGHT

 

China and the Philippines should make innovative efforts to gradually resume the exchange of necessary personnel on the basis of implementing disease control measures, President Xi Jinping said on Thursday.

 

World Newsletter
11 June 2020
CHINA NEWS

XI: PRIORITIZE LIVELIHOODS, ECOLOGY

 

Local governments should make efforts to overcome the effects of COVID-19 and prioritize the work of bolstering employment and improving people's livelihoods, President Xi Jinping said on Wednesday.

 

World Newsletter
12 June 2020
PHILIPPINES NEWS

CHINA’S XI CALLS DUTERTE

 

DAVAO CITY — President Duterte received a call from Chinese President Xi

Jinping last night, leading to a conversation lasting several minutes.

Malacañang did not provide details of the phone conversation between the two

leaders. The call was made on the eve of the celebration of Philippine

Independence Day.

 

World Newsletter
12 June 2020
WORLD NEWS

ICONS TOPPLE IN AMERICA AS US MILITARY, LAWMAKERS SNUB DONALD TRUMP

 

They are time capsules. But many are not standing the test of time or

changed attitudes - especially after the death of George Floyd at the hands

of a white police officer last month.

 

World Newsletter
11 June 2020
WORLD NEWS

SOUTH KOREA TO CHARGE DEFECTOR GROUPS OVER ANTI-NORTH PROPAGANDA LEAFLETS

 

South Korea's government said Wednesday that it will press charges against

two activist groups that have been floating anti-Pyongyang leaflets and

bottles filled with rice to North Korea.

 

World Newsletter
11 June 2020
PHILIPPINES NEWS

PHILIPPINES EYES JOINING HUMAN TRIAL FOR CHINESE CORONAVIRUS VACCINE

 

MANILA — The Philippines is in talks to join a Beijing-based biotech firm's

human trial for a potential coronavirus vaccine, the Department of Science

and Technology said Thursday, as the world raced to find a cure to stop the

contagion in its tracks.

 

World Newsletter
10 June 2020
CHINA NEWS

XI IN YINCHUAN FOR INSPECTION

 

Xi Jinping, general secretary of the Communist Party of China Central Committee, on Tuesday inspected the city of Yinchuan during his trip to Northwest China's Ningxia Hui autonomous region.

 

World Newsletter
10 June 2020
WORLD NEWS

WHO CLARIFIES COMMENTS ON ASYMPTOMATIC COVID SPREAD

 

The World Health Organization tried on Tuesday to clear up confusing

comments about how often people can spread the coronavirus when they do not

have symptoms.

 

World Newsletter
10 June 2020
PHILIPPINES NEWS

DUTERTE TELLS XI: COVID-19 CRISIS SHOWS 'GREATER SIGNIFICANCE' OF NOURISHING

PH-CHINA TIES

 

Duterte assures China's Xi of 'firm commitment' to diplomatic ties

MANILA - The COVID-19 pandemic shows the "greater significance" of

nourishing the Philippines relationship with China, President Rodrigo

Duterte told his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping as the two nations marked 45

years of diplomatic ties.

 

World Newsletter
9 June 2020
CHINA NEWS

XI INSPECTS NORTHWEST CHINA'S NINGXIA

Xi Jinping, general secretary of the Communist Party of China Central Committee, on Monday inspected Northwest China's Ningxia Hui autonomous region.

 

World Newsletter
9 June 2020
WORLD NEWS

ASYMPTOMATIC COVID-19 SPREAD DEEMED 'RARE,' W.H.O SAYS

 

The spread of Covid-19 by someone who is not showing symptoms appears to be

rare, Maria Van Kerkhove, the World Health Organization's technical lead for

coronavirus response and head of the emerging diseases and zoonoses unit,

said during a media briefing in Geneva on Monday.

 

World Newsletter
9 June 2020
PHILIPPINES NEWS

2 LAWMAKERS CLASH AT ABS-CBN FRANCHISE HEARING

 

MANILA — The House of Representatives continued yesterday its hearing on the

franchise renewal application of broadcast giant ABS-CBN even after it

adjourned sine die.

 

World Newsletter
8 June 2020
CHINA NEWS

NATION'S COVID-19 FIGHT IN SPOTLIGHT

 

China will fulfill its commitment to assist developing countries in the fight against COVID-19 and work with the international community to resume personnel exchanges to mitigate its negative impact on social and economic development, a senior official said on Sunday.

 

World Newsletter
8 June 2020
WORLD NEWS

CHINA EXONERATES SELF IN WHITE PAPER

 

A beleaguered China on Sunday exonerated itself from the global allegations

of delay in reporting the Covid outbreak, saying the virus was first noticed

in Wuhan on December 27 as a viral pneumonia and human-to-human transmission

was discovered on January 19, after which it took swift actions to curb it.

 

World Newsletter
8 June 2020
PHILIPPINES NEWS

LACSON HITS ‘DISINFORMATION’ ON ANTI-TERROR BILL

 

MANILA — Sen. Panfilo Lacson yesterday hit what he said were attempts at

disinformation on the anti-terrorism bill that he stressed has enough

safeguards against abuses and more tools to use against extremists.

 

World Newsletter
6 June 2020
CHINA NEWS

XI STRESSES JOINT PLANNING FOR RECOVERY

 

President Xi Jinping called for stronger coordination and synergies in macro policies between China and France to promote economic recovery after the COVID-19 pandemic as well as expansion of collaboration in emerging sectors while tapping the potential of cooperation in traditional areas.

 

World Newsletter
6 June 2020
WORLD NEWS

'A GREAT DAY FOR GEORGE FLOYD,' SAYS TRUMP AS HE HAILS STRONG JOBS REPORT

FOR US            

 

President Donald Trump on Friday declared it was "a great day" for George

Floyd as he discussed a strong jobs report for the country and efforts to

bring about racial equality. Joe Biden, the likely Democratic presidential

nominee, said Trump's comments about Floyd were "despicable."

 

World Newsletter
6 June 2020
PHILIPPINES NEWS

18TH CONGRESS ADJOURNS 1ST REGULAR SESSION

 

MANILA — The first regular session of the 18th Congress adjourned yesterday

with the passage of several pieces of legislation, including measures to

help the country cope with the impact of the coronavirus disease 2019

(COVID-19) pandemic.

 

World Newsletter
5 June 2020
CHINA NEWS

LI STRESSES ACCESSIBILITY, AFFORDABILITY OF A VACCINE

 

Premier Li Keqiang reiterated on Thursday China's commitment to bolstering international cooperation on the research and development of vaccines for COVID-19 and contributing to ensuring vaccine accessibility and affordability in developing countries.

 

World Newsletter
5 June 2020
WORLD NEWS

PENTAGON-TRUMP CLASH BREAKS OPEN OVER MILITARY AND PROTESTS

 

US President Donald Trump's Pentagon chief shot down his idea of using

troops to quell protests across the United States Wednesday, then reversed

course on pulling part of the 82nd Airborne Division off standby in an

extraordinary clash between the US military and its commander in chief.

 

World Newsletter
5 June 2020
PHILIPPINES NEWS

US PLEDGES ADDITIONAL P201 MILLION COVID-19 AID FOR MINDANAO

 

MANILA — The United States will provide an additional P201 million ($4

million) worth of assistance for communities in Mindanao to help against the

COVID-19 pandemic. This brings the total US pandemic assistance to the

Philippines to over P978 million ($19.5 million).

 

World Newsletter
4 June 2020
CHINA NEWS

XI SAYS CHINA READY TO WORK WITH GERMANY, EU TO CREATE MORE GLOBAL CERTAINTY

 

President Xi Jinping said Wednesday that China stands ready to work with Germany and the European Union (EU) to strengthen strategic cooperation, uphold multilateralism, tackle global challenges, and jointly add certainty to the current world of uncertainty.

 

World Newsletter
4 June 2020
WORLD NEWS

TRUMP ADMINISTRATION MOVES TO BLOCK CHINESE AIRLINES FROM US

 

The Trump administration moved Wednesday to block Chinese airlines from

flying to the U.S. in an escalation of trade and travel tensions between the

two countries.

 

World Newsletter
4 June 2020
PHILIPPINES NEWS

HOUSE APPROVES CONTROVERSIAL ANTI-TERROR BILL ON 3RD AND FINAL READING

 

MANILA - The House of Representatives has approved on third and final

reading the controversial House Bill 6875, which seeks to amend the

Philippines' current anti-terrorism laws.

 

World Newsletter
3 June 2020
CHINA NEWS

XI CALLS FOR STRONG PUBLIC HEALTH SYSTEM

 

President Xi Jinping urged on Tuesday the building of a strong public health system and improving the nation's capacity for disease prevention and treatment to better protect the people's health.

 

World Newsletter
3 June 2020
WORLD NEWS

CORONAVIRUS | CHINA'S DELAY IN RELEASING INFORMATION FRUSTRATES WHO

 

Throughout January, the World Health Organization publicly praised China for

what it called a speedy response to the new coronavirus and thanked the

Chinese government for sharing the genetic map of the virus "immediately."

But in fact, Chinese officials sat on releasing the genetic map, or genome,

of the deadly virus for over a week after multiple government labs had fully

decoded it, not sharing details key to designing tests, drugs and vaccines.

 

World Newsletter
3 June 2020
PHILIPPINES NEWS

TERMINATION OF VISITING FORCES AGREEMENT WITH US ON HOLD

 

MANILA — The Philippines has suspended the termination of the Visiting

Forces Agreement with the US "in light of political and other developments"

in the region, Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. announced on

social media.

 

World Newsletter
2 June 2020
CHINA NEWS

XI: BUILD HIGH-QUALITY PORT IN HAINAN

 

President Xi Jinping underlined the importance of high quality and high standards in building a free trade port in Hainan province while prioritizing integrated institutional reform in the process of building the port.

 

World Newsletter
2 June 2020
WORLD NEWS

CURBS EASE IN EUROPE, ASIA WITH NEW RULES

 

The first day of June saw Covid restrictions ease from Asia to Europe on

Monday, even as US protests against police brutality sparked fears of new

outbreaks.

 

World Newsletter
2 June 2020
PHILIPPINES NEWS

GCQ DAY 1: THOUSANDS STRANDED

 

MANILA — Thousands of commuters mostly workers returning to their jobs were

stranded yesterday in Metro Manila, as public transport remained limited

despite the easing of restrictions for the first time after more than two

months of Luzon-wide quarantine.

On the first day of Metro Manila’s transition to a less-restrictive general

community quarantine (GCQ), only rail lines and “bus augmentation” units,

taxis, transport network vehicle services, shuttle services, point-to-point

buses and bicycles were allowed to ferry commuters. Tricycles were also

allowed, subject to approval of concerned local government units.

Jeepneys and UV Express vehicles, the most visible modes of transport in

Metro Manila before the March 17 lockdown, will be allowed to ply their

routes only in the second phase of resumption of public transportation,

starting on June 22.

 

World Newsletter
1 June 2020
CHINA NEWS

XI: CHILDREN ARE KEY TO NATION'S DEVELOPMENT

 

President Xi Jinping called on children across the country on Sunday to study hard, firm up their ideals and beliefs, and train themselves to be both physically and mentally stronger to work to realize the Chinese dream of national rejuvenation.

 

World Newsletter
1 June 2020
WORLD NEWS

CURFEWS IN MAJOR US CITIES LIKE LOS ANGELES, CHICAGO AS RACE PROTESTS

ESCALATE

 

Curfews were imposed on major US cities as clashes over police brutality

erupted across America with demonstrators ignoring warnings from President

Donald Trump that his government would stop the violent protests "cold."

Minneapolis, the epicenter of the unrest, was gripped by a fifth consecutive

night of violence on Saturday with police in riot gear firing tear gas and

stun grenades at protesters venting fury at the death of George Floyd, an

unarmed black man, during an arrest in the city on Monday.

 

World Newsletter
1 June 2020
PHILIPPINES NEWS

DUTERTE'S VIRUS DEFENSE FACES TEST AS PHILIPPINES LOCKDOWN EASES

 

MANILA -- Wearing face masks, millions in the Philippine capital will emerge

from one of the world's longest virus lockdowns on Monday in a test of how

well President Rodrigo Duterte built the country's pandemic response.

 

World Newsletter
30 May 2020
CHINA NEWS

XI URGES USE OF NEW CODE TO PROTECT RIGHTS

                     

General Secretary of the Communist Party of China Central Committee Xi Jinping called on Friday for advancing the implementation of the newly adopted Civil Code so it can be used to better serve the country's comprehensively law-based governance and safeguard the people's rights and interests.

 

World Newsletter
30 May 2020
WORLD NEWS

TRUMP SAYS US TERMINATING RELATIONSHIP WITH WHO; ANNOUNCES MILD SANCTIONS

AGAINST CHINA

 

President Donald Trump said Friday the U.S. will terminate its relationship

with the World Health Organization over its handling of the coronavirus

outbreak in China and will begin the process of withdrawing special trade

benefits for Hong Kong because of the Chinese government's imposition of a

new security law in the semi-autonomous city.

 

World Newsletter
30 May 2020
PHILIPPINES NEWS

DUTERTE WANTS SPECIAL POWERS EXTENDED

 

MANILA, — President Duterte will certify as urgent the proposal to extend

the effectivity of the Bayanihan to Heal as One Act, which gives him special

powers to address the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, Senate

Majority Leader Juan Miguel Zubiri said yesterday.

 

World Newsletter
29 May 2020
CHINA NEWS

LI: CHINA HAS ROOM TO BOOST ITS ECONOMY

 

China may achieve positive economic growth this year despite the impact of the novel coronavirus pandemic, and still has ample policy room to keep the world's second-largest economy on a steady track of growth, Premier Li Keqiang said on Thursday.

 

World Newsletter
29 May 2020
WORLD NEWS

TRUMP SIGNS EXECUTIVE ORDER TARGETING TWITTER AFTER FACT-CHECKING ROW

 

President Donald Trump signed an order Thursday seeking to strip social

media giants like Twitter of legal immunity for content on their platforms

in a move slammed by his critics as a legally dubious act of political

revenge.

 

World Newsletter
29 May 2020
PHILIPPINES NEWS

DUTERTE: METRO MANILA UNDER GCQ ON JUNE 1

 

MANILA — Metro Manila and several other areas in Luzon will transition to a

general community quarantine (GCQ) starting June 1, with the option for

local areas with a high risk of coronavirus contagion to again tighten

quarantine restrictions.

 

World Newsletter
28 May 2020
CHINA NEWS

XI EMPHASIZES 'PUTTING PEOPLE FIRST' IN GOVERNANCE

 

"People" has become a key word in Xi's everyday work since he became general secretary of the CPC Central Committee in 2012. He said on various occasions that "the people's desire for a better life is the goal we strive to realize".

 

World Newsletter
28 May 2020
WORLD NEWS

TRUMP TO SIGN EXECUTIVE ORDER ON SOCIAL MEDIA ON THURSDAY: WHITE HOUSE

 

US President Donald Trump will sign an executive order on social media companies on Thursday, White House officials said after Trump threatened to shut down websites he accused of stifling conservative voices.

 

World Newsletter
28 May 2020
PHILIPPINES NEWS

HOUSE PANEL OKS COVID ANTI-DISCRIMINATION BILL

 

MANILA — A special panel of the House of Representatives has approved a

proposed measure prohibiting and penalizing discrimination against

coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) patients, health workers and repatriated

overseas Filipino workers.

 

World Newsletter
27 May 2020
CHINA NEWS

XI URGES MILITARY COMBAT READINESS

 

President Xi Jinping urged the Chinese military on Tuesday to strive to overcome difficulties created by COVID-19 in order to realize this year's goals and missions given by the Communist Party of China and the Chinese people.

 

World Newsletter
27 May 2020
WORLD NEWS

CHINESE PRESIDENT XI JINPING MEETS PLA, URGES BATTLE PREPAREDNESS

 

Chinese President Xi Jinping on May 26 called on the military "to think

about worst-case scenarios" and "scale up battle preparedness".

He made the remarks during his annual meeting with the People's Liberation

Army's (PLA's) representatives attending the National People's Congress or

Parliament in Beijing.

 

World Newsletter
27 May 2020
PHILIPPINES NEWS

AUGUST 24 SCHOOL OPENING A GO, ENROLLMENT STARTS JUNE 1: PALACE

 

MANILA — The school year opening will push through on Aug. 24, 2020,

Malacañang said Wednesday, following President Rodrigo Duterte's rejection

of face-to-face classes without a vaccine against the novel coronavirus.

 

World Newsletter
26 May 2020
CHINA NEWS

XI'S CALL TO FUEL GROWTH BOOSTS CONFIDENCE

 

Xi Jinping, general secretary of the Communist Party of China Central Committee and chairman of the Central Military Commission, attends a panel discussion of national political advisers from the economic sector on May 23, 2020 in Beijing.

 

World Newsletter
26 May 2020
WORLD NEWS

OIL-STARVED VENEZUELA CELEBRATES ARRIVAL OF TANKERS FROM IRAN

 

Venezuelan authorities celebrated on Monday as the first of five Iranian

tankers loaded with gasoline docked in the South American country,

delivering badly needed fuel to the crisis-stricken nation that sits atop

the world's largest oil reserves.

 

World Newsletter
26 May 2020
PHILIPPINES NEWS

PHILIPPINES SENDS HOME 4,000 STRANDED OFWS

 

MANILA - A government plan to bring home 24,000 repatriated migrant workers

to their home provinces met half of its daily target on the first day, the

labor department said Tuesday.

 

World Newsletter
25 May 2020
CHINA NEWS

XI CALLS FOR REFORMING PUBLIC HEALTH SYSTEMS

 

China will reform its disease prevention and control system to improve the capabilities in pandemic monitoring and emergency response, President Xi Jinping said on Sunday.

 

World Newsletter
25 May 2020
WORLD NEWS

U.S. PUSHING RELATIONS TO THE BRINK OF A NEW COLD WAR: CHINA

 

China on Sunday accused the US of pushing the bilateral ties to the brink of

a "new Cold War" by spreading "lies" about the coronavirus and said it was

open to international efforts to identify the source of the deadly virus.

Foreign Minister Wang Yi also said the lawsuits filed against China in the

US demanding compensation for Covid-19 is an attempt to blackmail a victim

with fabricated evidence. Under constant attack from US President Donald

Trump and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo over the origin of the coronavirus

and failure to provide timely information, Wang launched a broadside against

Washington in his annual press conference.

 

World Newsletter
25 May 2020
PHILIPPINES NEWS

PHILIPPINES MEETS GOAL OF 30,000 DAILY COVID-19 TESTS: PALACE

 

MANILA - The Philippines has achieved its target of increasing its

coronavirus testing to 30,000 per day, Malacañang said Monday.

Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque said the government even exceeded its

goal last May 20, when it conducted 32,100 polymerase chain reaction (PCR)

tests in a day.

 

World Newsletter
23 May 2020
CHINA NEWS

NATION FOCUSES ON QUALITY DEVELOPMENT

China's decision not to set a GDP growth target this year does not mean it has attached less importance to economic growth, but instead shows the authorities are paying greater attention to high-quality development, economists said after Premier Li Keqiang delivered the Government Work Report to the opening of the third session of the 13th National People's Congress on Friday.

 

World Newsletter
23 May 2020
WORLD NEWS

POMPEO: CHINA MEASURE A ''DEATH KNELL'' FOR HONG KONG AUTONOMY

 

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Friday condemned China''s effort to take

over national security legislation in Hong Kong, calling it “a death knell

for the high degree of autonomy" that Beijing had promised the territory.

 

World Newsletter
23 May 2020
PHILIPPINES NEWS

P1.3 TRILLION ECONOMIC STIMULUS BILL GETS HOUSE SUPPORT

 

MANILA — An overwhelming majority of members of the House of Representatives

have expressed support for the proposed P1.3-trillion economic stimulus

measure to address the impact of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)

crisis on livelihood.

 

World Newsletter
22 May 2020
CHINA NEWS

NPC OPENS, NO GROWTH TARGET SET FOR 2020

 

China has not set a GDP growth target for this year and will take a slew of forceful financial measures this year to shore up the economy, which has been dragged down by the devastating COVID-19 pandemic, according to the Government Work Report that Premier Li Keqiang delivered to the opening of the third session of the 13th National People's Congress on Friday.

 

World Newsletter
22 May 2020
PHILIPPINES NEWS

680,000 MANILA FAMILIES GET 2ND TRANCHE OF CASH AID

 

MANILA — More than 680,000 families in Manila will receive the second

tranche of cash assistance from the city government, Mayor Isko Moreno

announced yesterday.

 

World Newsletter
22 May 2020
WORLD NEWS

US SENATE PASSES BILL TO BOOST OVERSIGHT AND DELIST CHINESE COMPANIES FROM

EXCHANGES

 

The Senate overwhelmingly approved legislation Wednesday that could lead to

Chinese companies such as Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. and Baidu Inc. being

barred from listing on US stock exchanges amid increasingly tense relations

between the world's two largest economies.

 

World Newsletter
21 May 2020
WORLD NEWS

WORLD BANK TO RESCUE WITH $160-BILLION AID TO 100 NATIONS

 

The Covid-19 pandemic is expected to put over 60 million people into extreme

poverty globally, the World Bank has said as it announced emergency

operations worth $160 billion in 100 developing countries to fight the

deadly virus.

 

World Newsletter
21 May 2020
PHILIPPINES NEWS

GOVERNMENT TO ENFORCE LOCALIZED LOCKDOWN

 

MANILA — The government may limit lockdowns to barangays or villages with

coronavirus cases instead of resorting to widespread community quarantines,

to minimize the impact of the pandemic on the economy.

 

World Newsletter
20 May 2020
CHINA NEWS

SESSIONS TO SHOW WAY AHEAD

 

As global attention turns to Beijing with the start of China's two sessions on Thursday, experts said that the nation's biggest annual political event will indicate the direction of its socioeconomic development amid the COVID-19 pandemic and will inject confidence into the gloomy world economy.

 

World Newsletter
20 May 2020
WORLD NEWS

DONALD TRUMP SHOOTS LETTER TO WHO, THREATENS TO EXIT WORLD BODY

 

US President Donald Trump on Monday threatened to pull America out of the

World Health Organization (WHO) and permanently stop US funding for the

world body if it did not "commit to major substantive improvements" in the

next 30 days.

 

World Newsletter
20 May 2020
PHILIPPINES NEWS

GOV’T LOOKS AT IMPLEMENTING LOCKDOWNS AT BARANGAY LEVEL AS VIRUS

RESTRICTIONS EASED

 

MANILA — The government may implement lockdowns at the barangay level as it

eases restrictions on movement across the country, the implementer of the

national action plan against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) said.

 

World Newsletter
19 May 2020
CHINA NEWS

XI: CHINA TO SHARE VACCINE WITH WORLD

China announced on Monday it will provide $2 billion over two years to help with COVID-19 response and with economic and social development in affected countries, especially developing countries.

 

World Newsletter
19 May 2020
WORLD NEWS

FINALLY CHINA GIVES IN, AGREES FOR PROBE INTO COVID-19 ORIGIN, ONCE THE CRISIS IS OVER

 

China on Monday gave in to mounting international pressure for a probe into the origin of Covid-19 and a review of the World Health Organisation’s response to the pandemic. President Xi Jinping told the World Health Assembly that China had acted with ‘openness, transparency and responsibility’ when the disease, which has impacted billions of people across the world, first broke out.

 

World Newsletter
19 May 2020
PHILIPPINES NEWS

HOUSE PLENARY RECALLS ABS-CBN FRANCHISE OK

 

MANILA — To pave the way for possible amendments, the leadership of the

House of Representatives recalled yesterday the approval it gave on second

reading to the bill granting ABS-CBN a provisional franchise.

 

World Newsletter
18 May 2020
CHINA NEWS

EXPERTS URGE US TO PUT END TO BLAME GAME

 

The divide between Beijing and Washington amid the COVID-19 pandemic could be a hot topic at the upcoming two sessions−China's biggest annual political event−when lawmakers and political advisers discuss how the country responds to external environment, experts said.

 

World Newsletter
18 May 2020
PHILIPPINES NEWS

COVID-POSITIVE OFWS FLEE QUARANTINE – PCG

MANILA — An unknown number of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs), some of whom
tested positive for coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), have escaped from
hotels that are being used as quarantine facilities in Metro Manila.

World Newsletter
18 May 2020
WORLD NEWS

ISRAELI PM PRESENTS NEW UNITY GOVT

 

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu presented his new unity government

to parliament on Sunday, ending more than a year of political deadlock but

still facing a trial starting in a week for alleged corruption.

 

World Newsletter
16 May 2020
CHINA NEWS

PRIORITIES KEY TO VICTORY OVER BIG CHALLENGES

 

China is facing large challenges unprecedented in recent times given the grave situation of global disease prevention and the slowdown of the world economy, according to a key Party meeting on Friday.

 

World Newsletter
16 May 2020
WORLD NEWS

REQUIRE US TO MEET US HALFWAY: CHINA ON TRUMP`S THREAT TO CUT OFF TIES

 

China on Friday reacted guardedly to US President Donald Trump's threat to

"cut off" the bilateral relationship between the world's top two economies

and asked America to meet it halfway in the fight against the coronavirus.

Relations between the two countries nosedived after the coronavirus

outbreak, which originated from the central Chinese city of Wuhan, and

spread to other parts of the world.

 

World Newsletter
16 May 2020
PHILIPPINES NEWS

METRO MANILA STREETS STIR BACK TO LIFE AS MODIFIED LOCKDOWN STARTS

 

MANILA – Several streets around Metro Manila slowly started coming back to

life on Saturday as the Philippine capital shifted to a modified enhanced

community quarantine after two months under lockdown.

Dozens of mask-wearing market-goers shopped for fresh produce in

Blumentritt, Manila.

 

World Newsletter
15 May 2020
CHINA NEWS

 XI CALLS FOR VIGILANCE TO COMBAT VIRUS

 

President Xi Jinping instructed local governments on Thursday to keep alert on disease prevention and control to avoid a resurgence of the novel coronavirus outbreak.

 

World Newsletter
15 May 2020
WORLD NEWS

'NOT HAPPY RIGHT NOW': TRUMP RULES OUT US RENEGOTIATING TRADE DEAL WITH

CHINA

 

U.S. President Donald Trump has ruled out renegotiating the trade deal with

China and expressed disappointment over Beijing's handling of the

coronavirus outbreak, which has spread across the world killing over

3,00,000 people, including 80,000 in America.

 

World Newsletter
15 May 2020
Philippines News

DUTERTE ORDERS DBM TO PRUNE OTHER BUDGETARY ITEMS TO FUND SAP - ROQUE

 

MANILA - President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered the budget department to

prune budgetary items that can be realigned to fund the social amelioration

program to poor families in areas still under lockdown, Presidential

Spokesperson Harry Roque said Friday.

 

World Newsletter
14 May 2020
CHINA NEWS

XI, LEADER OF ROK SAY TIES GROW CLOSER

 

Productive cooperation between China and the Republic of Korea in fighting the novel coronavirus has set a model for global disease control, President Xi Jinping said on Wednesday.

 

World Newsletter
14 May 2020
WORLD NEWS

SCO COMES TO CHINA'S DEFENCE, SEEKS WHO-LED ROLE TO BATTLE COVID

 

The COVID-19 pandemic along with terrorism against the backdrop of the two

horrific attacks on a maternity hospital and Gurdwara Har Rai Sahab, both in

Kabul, dominated the videoconferencing of Shanghai Cooperation Organisation

(SCO) foreign ministers from India, Pakistan, China, Russia and four Central

Asian countries.

 

World Newsletter
14 May 2020
PHILIPPINES NEWS

HOUSE OKS ABS-CBN PROVISIONAL FRANCHISE

 

Network may resume broadcast by June – Cayetano

MANILA — The House of Representatives yesterday passed a bill granting a

provisional franchise to broadcast giant ABS-CBN until Oct. 31 while

Congress deliberates on the network’s application for the renewal of its

franchise.

 

World Newsletter
13 May 2020
CHINA NEWS

XI: POVERTY RELIEF KEY TO PROSPERITY GOAL

 

President Xi Jinping stressed the importance of poverty alleviation work to secure the country's development goal of building a moderately prosperous society in all respects during his two-day inspection tour of Shanxi province that concluded on Tuesday.

 

World Newsletter
13 May 2020
WORLD NEWS

CORONAVIRUS: WUHAN DRAWS UP PLANS TO TEST ALL 11 MILLION RESIDENTS

 

The Chinese city of Wuhan is drawing up plans to test its entire population

of 11 million people for Covid-19, state media report.

The plan appears to be in its early stages, with all districts in Wuhan told

to submit details as to how testing could be done within 10 days.

It comes after Wuhan, where the virus first emerged, recorded six new cases

over the weekend.

 

World Newsletter
13 May 2020
PHILIPPINES NEWS

'MODIFIED' LOCKDOWN SET IN METRO MANILA, 2 OTHER AREAS

 

MANILA - Metro Manila and 2 other areas will shift to a modified lockdown

until the end of the month while the rest of the country will have fewer

restrictions as the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) lapses on Friday,

Malacañang said Tuesday.

 

World Newsletter
13 May 2020
CHINA NEWS

XI EXTENDS BEST WISHES TO NATION'S NURSES

 

President Xi Jinping encouraged the country's nurses on Monday to make new contributions to promote the building of the Healthy China initiative and maintain the security of global public health.

 

World Newsletter
12 May 2020
PHILIPPINES NEWS

DUTERTE: WE CANNOT AFFORD ANOTHER WAVE OF CORONAVIRUS INFECTIONS

 

MANILA - The Philippines cannot afford another wave of coronavirus

infections, President Rodrigo Duterte said Tuesday as he prepared the public

for the looming easing of restrictions.

 

World Newsletter
12 May 2020
WORLD NEWS

IRAN WARSHIP HIT BY OWN MISSILE, 19 DIE

 

One Iranian warship accidentally struck another with a missile during an

exercise, killing 19 sailors and wounding 15 others, Iran's navy said on

Monday.

 

World Newsletter
11 May 2020
CHINA NEWS

XI: CHINA READY TO SUPPORT DPRK IN VIRUS FIGHT

 

President Xi Jinping has expressed his confidence in securing a final victory in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic with the joint efforts of China and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea as well as the international community.

 

World Newsletter
11 May 2020
WORLD NEWS

UK PM UNVEILS 'CONDITIONAL PLAN' FOR NEXT-PHASE COVID-19 RESPONSE

 

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Sunday announced a phased plan to

ease a nationwide coronavirus lockdown, with schools and shops to begin

opening from June 1 - as long as infection rates stay low.

 

World Newsletter
11 May 2020
PHILIPPINES NEWS

DUTERTE TO DECIDE ON ECQ TODAY

 

MANILA — President Duterte is expected to decide today on the fate of Metro

Manila and other coronavirus high-risk areas still under enhanced community

quarantine or ECQ.

 

World Newsletter
9 May 2020
CHINA NEWS

NATION WILL KEEP UP EFFORT ON ALL FRONTS

 

China will continue with unremitting epidemic containment measures, adopt concrete measures to reopen businesses and schools and ensure that its poverty alleviation goals will be met this year, Xi Jinping, general secretary of the Communist Party of China Central Committee, said on Friday.

 

World Newsletter
9 May 2020
WORLD NEWS

US, CHINA TRADE OFFICIALS PRESS AHEAD WITH 'PHASE 1' DEAL AFTER OVERNIGHT

CALL

 

Top US and Chinese trade representatives played down deep differences over

the economic wreckage of the coronavirus pandemic and said they would press

ahead with implementing their "Phase 1" trade deal after an overnight phone

call.

 

World Newsletter
9 May 2020
PHILIPPINES NEWS

METRO MAYORS TO MEET ON QUARANTINE OPTIONS

 

MANILA — Metro Manila mayors will meet again today via video conference to

finalize details on what to recommend to authorities – whether to extend or

downgrade the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) in the metropolis to curb

the spread of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).?

 

World Newsletter
8 May 2020
CHINA NEWS

ROLE OF SCIENCE HIGHLIGHTED IN PANDEMIC FIGHT

 

Science and technology have played, and will continue to play, a decisive role in mitigating the pandemic, whether it is by discovering new features about the novel coronavirus, looking for new treatment or vaccines or offering expertise in psychological services, experts said.

 

World Newsletter
8 May 2020
PHILIPPINES NEWS

US 'CONCERNED' OVER ABS-CBN SHUTDOWN

 

WASHINGTON - The United States on Thursday voiced concern over the

Philippine government-ordered shutdown of the country's top broadcaster

ABS-CBN, which has been targeted by President Rodrigo Duterte.

"We are concerned by the situation regarding ABS-CBN," State Department

spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus said.

 

World Newsletter
7 May 2020
CHINA NEWS

XI: NATION CANNOT AFFORD COMPLACENCY

 

A key Party meeting on Wednesday stressed the need to reform China's disease prevention and control system and bolster its monitoring and early warning capacities for outbreaks in a bid to close the gaps and strengthen weak areas exposed in the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

World Newsletter
7 May 2020
WORLD NEWS

CORONAVIRUS | WHO WARNS OF NEW LOCKDOWNS IF TRANSITION NOT MANAGED CAREFULLY

 

The head of the World Health Organization (WHO) on Wednesday warned of the

risks of returning to lockdown if countries emerging from pandemic

restrictions do not manage transitions “extremely carefully and in a phased

approach”.

 

World Newsletter
7 May 2020
PHILIPPINES NEWS

FIRST SINCE 1998: PHILIPPINES GDP SHRINKS DUE TO COVID-19 PANDEMIC

 

MANILA - The Philippine economy shrank in the January to March period, for

the first time since 1998, due to the COVID-19 pandemic and resulting

lockdown, officials said Thursday.

 

World Newsletter
6 May 2020
CHINA NEWS

LONG MARCH 5B ROCKET MAKES MAIDEN FLIGHT

 

China's Long March 5B carrier rocket made its first flight on Tuesday evening at the Wenchang Space Launch Center in Hainan province, marking a new chapter in the country's manned space program, according to the China Manned Space Agency.

 

World Newsletter
6 May 2020
WORLD NEWS

US HAS FLATTENED CORONAVIRUS CURVE, NOW IN NEXT STAGE OF BATTLE, SAYS TRUMP

 

Amid the rising coronavirus COVID-19 cases in the US, President Donald Trump

on Tuesday (May 5) said that the US had managed to flattened the curve of

the deadly virus mainly due to the profound commitment of its citizens. He

added that the flattening of curve has helped in saving countless American

lives and the US has now entered the next stage of its fight against the

coronavirus, which includes a a very safe phased and gradual reopening of

the country.

World Newsletter
6 May 2020
PHILIPPINES NEWS

ABS-CBN ORDERED TO GO OFF AIR AS FRANCHISE LAPSES

 

MANILA — Regulators ordered ABS-CBN Corp. to stop airing on Tuesday, a day

after its legislative franchise expired, putting at risk over 11,000 jobs in

the country's biggest network as millions of Filipinos get displaced by the

coronavirus outbreak.

World Newsletter
5 May 2020
CHINA NEWS

CHINA CRITICIZES OVERTURE BY US TO TAIWAN ON UN

 

The United States' mission to the United Nations has "gravely" interfered with China's internal affairs by openly supporting Taiwan's participation in the UN, said a spokesperson for the Permanent Mission of China to the UN.

World Newsletter
5 May 2020
WORLD NEWS

CORONAVIRUS | EUROPE EMERGES FROM VIRUS LOCKDOWN

 

Millions of Europeans emerged with relief from coronavirus confinement on Monday, with hard-hit Italy leading the way out of the world's longest lockdown.

The search for a cure received a further boost when the European Union hosted a telethon for world leaders aimed at raising €7.5 billion ($8.2 billion) to discover a COVID-19 vaccine.

World Newsletter
5 May 2020
PHILIPPINES NEWS

PHILIPPINE POSTS HIGHEST SINGLE-DAY COVID RECOVERIES AT 101

 

MANILA — The Department of Health (DOH) reported yesterday that 101 more

coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) patients have recovered – the highest

ever recorded – bringing the total number of survivors to 1,315 as of May 4.

At a press conference, DOH Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said,

however, that 16 patients died, raising the death toll to 623.

World Newsletter
4 May 2020
CHINA NEWS

XI OFFERS YOUTH DAY GREETINGS

 

President Xi Jinping encouraged China's young people to foster stronger ideals and convictions, build up their capabilities and devote themselves to the course of national development as he greeted youth in a message published on Sunday.

World Newsletter
4 May 2020
WORLD NEWS

REPORT: CHINA HID CORONAVIRUS' SEVERITY TO HOARD SUPPLIES

 

U.S. officials believe China covered up the extent of the coronavirus

outbreak — and how contagious the disease is — to stock up on medical

supplies needed to respond to it, intelligence documents show.

Chinese leaders “intentionally concealed the severity” of the pandemic from

the world in early January, according to a four-page Department of Homeland

Security intelligence report dated May 1 and obtained by The Associated

Press. The revelation comes as the Trump administration has intensified its

criticism of China, with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo saying Sunday that

country was responsible for the spread of disease and must be held

accountable.

World Newsletter
4 May 2020
PHILIPPINES NEWS

CONGRESS RESUMES SESSION TODAY

 

MANILA — Congress will resume session today with lawmakers set to prioritize

measures to help the country recover from the coronavirus disease 2019

(COVID-19) crisis under a “new normal” that could slow down legislative

proceedings.

World Newsletter
2 May 2020
CHINA NEWS

NATION MUST STAY VIGILANT AGAINST VIRUS

 

Hubei province is lowering its level of response to the novel coronavirus outbreak from the highest level on Saturday, but while this measure is taken by China's hardest-hit area, authorities across the nation were urged to remain vigilant against the disease after loopholes were found in epidemic prevention and control in Heilongjiang province.

World Newsletter
2 May 2020
WORLD NEWS

TRUMP ADAMANT COVID CAME FROM WUHAN LAB

 

The US has said that China mishandled the situation after the coronavirus

outbreak in its Wuhan city.

But it refrained from giving a definitive answer on retaliatory measures

against Beijing.

Led by the United States, several countries, including Germany, Britain and

Australian, are blaming China for the spread of coronavirus across the

globe.

World Newsletter
2 May 2020
PHILIPPINES NEWS

CORONAVIRUS INFECTED MEDICAL FRONTLINERS IN PHILIPPINES SURGE TO 1,694

 

MANILA - The Philippines on Friday reported a spike in the number of medical

frontliners who are infected with the coronavirus, worsening the struggle

faced by the country's dilapidated healthcare system that is creaking under

the weight of rising infections.

World Newsletter
1 May 2020
CHINA NEWS

PRESIDENT SENDS WORKERS GREETINGS FOR MAY DAY

 

President Xi Jinping extended sincere greetings to the country's workers of all ethnic groups on Thursday, encouraging them to contribute more to combating COVID-19 as well as promoting economic and social development through their hard work.

World Newsletter
1 May 2020
WORLD NEWS

TRUMP ATTACKS 'CHINA-CENTRIC' WHO; TIES BIDEN TO CHINA

 

The Trump Administration has launched a probe into the role of the WHO on

coronavirus, and has temporarily suspended the US' financial assistance to

it. "I think that the World Health Organization should be ashamed of

themselves because they are like the public relations agency for China,"

Trump told reporters in the East Room of the White House.

World Newsletter
1 May 2020
PHILIPPINES NEWS

GCQ AREAS REOPEN TODAY

 

MANILA — After two extensions of the enhanced community quarantine in Luzon,

some areas in the country will be placed starting today under a general

community quarantine (GCQ) where certain businesses like those in the

transport sector will be allowed back, though at a reduced capacity.

A one-meter distance between public transportation passengers, for example,

would be strictly implemented in areas where the quarantine measures are

relaxed, Malacañang said yesterday.

World Newsletter
30 April 2020
CHINA NEWS

XI: EFFORTS SECURE DECISIVE OUTCOME

 

Xi Jinping, general secretary of the Communist Party of China Central Committee, said on Wednesday that after arduous efforts, China has secured a decisive outcome in containing the spread of COVID-19 in Hubei province and its capital, Wuhan, the country's hardest-hit region.

World Newsletter
30 April 2020
Panama Canal Adjusts Reservation System

 The Panama Canal has announced a temporary adjustment to its reservation system, a move that it says will provide customers with added flexibility and relief during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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30 April 2020
WORLD NEWS

35 US STATES RELEASE FORMAL OPENING PLANS AMID CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC   

 

As many as 35 of the 50 American states have released formal opening plans,

as U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday exuded confidence that much

better days are ahead for the country that has seen more than 61,000 deaths

over the past two months due to COVID-19.

World Newsletter
30 April 2020
PHILIPPINES NEWS

STILL TOO EARLY, RISKY TO SAY WE REACHED COVID-19 PEAK, SAYS DOH AS TESTING

EXPANDS

 

MANILA - The Department of Health on Thursday acknowledged that it would be

“quite risky” to say that the Philippines has reached the peak of its

COVID-19 cases.

This as some have speculated that the country is close to flattening or

“plateauing” the curve.

World Newsletter
29 April 2020
WORLD NEWS

TRUMP SAYS US CONDUCTING 'SERIOUS INVESTIGATIONS' INTO CHINA'S ROLE IN

COVID-19

 

The US is carrying out a "very serious" investigation against China,

President Donald Trump has said, indicating that his administration is

looking at a bigger compensation from Beijing than the USD 140 billion being

sought by Germany over the coronavirus pandemic.

World Newsletter
29 April 2020
PHILIPPINES NEWS

DUTERTE SAYS GOV'T COMING UP WITH GUIDELINES ON GENERAL COMMUNITY QUARANTINE

 

MANILA - President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday said the Philippine government

is coming up with guidelines to ensure the effective implementation of the

general community quarantine (GCQ) amid the coronavirus disease 2019

(COVID-19) pandemic.

Duterte made the statement days after he ordered the easement of quarantine

protocols in parts in the country that are considered under moderate to low

risk of COVID-19.

 

World Newsletter
28 April 2020
CHINA NEWS

XI: STRENGTHS SHOULD BE PUT TO GOOD USE

 

Xi Jinping, general secretary of the Communist Party of China Central Committee, emphasized on Monday the importance of making good use of the country's institutional strengths in responding to risks and challenges in an increasingly severe and complicated environment for development.

World Newsletter
28 April 2020
WORLD NEWS

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson urged his lockdown-weary nation to be

patient Monday, arguing that easing social and economic restrictions too

soon would create a second deadly spike of coronavirus infections.

On his first day back at work in three weeks after a bout of COVID-19 that

left him dangerously ill, Johnson said Britain had reached the moment of

"maximum risk" in its outbreak.

World Newsletter
28 April 2020
PHILIPPINES NEWS

DUTERTE WANTS FDA, DOST TO INCREASE WORKFORCE, OPERATE 'DAY AND NIGHT'

 

MANILA — President Rodrigo Duterte ordered the Food and Drug Administration

and the Department of Science and Technology to increase their workforce as

the country continues to battle the coronavirus outbreak.

The chief executive also wanted the two government agencies to extend their

operations to 24 hours.

World Newsletter
27 April 2020
CHINA NEWS

NATION RESOLUTE IN MEETING POVERTY GOAL

 

The COVID-19 pandemic will not compromise China's goal to lift all its rural population out of poverty by the end of this year, officials and experts said, with the country scaling up its response measures in job creation and helping with sales of agricultural products.

 

The country's top leadership, led by President Xi Jinping, has called for resolute policy action to minimize the shock from the pandemic and win the battle against absolute poverty as this year is the final one for China to finish building a moderately prosperous society in all respects.

 

World Newsletter
27 April 2020
WORLD NEWS

NATIONS BEGIN TO MAP OUT EXIT FROM LOCKDOWN

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p-out-exit-from-lockdown-1.4238409>

 

Boris Johnson returns to work for the first time in a fortnight with one key

item at the top of his in-tray: when will he let Britain do so?

The prime minister will chair the government's Monday morning meeting to

coordinate efforts to tackle the virus. He spent the last two weeks

recuperating at home, after contracting Covid-19 himself and spending three

nights in intensive care.

World Newsletter
27 April 2020
PHILIPPINES NEWS

PHILIPPINES TIPPED FOR RECESSION THIS YEAR, REBOUND IN 2021: BSP

 

MANILA -- Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas Governor Benjamin Diokno said Monday

the economy was poised to slide into a recession in 2020, contracting by 0.2

percent for the full year due to an extended lockdown to stop the COVID-19

pandemic.

First quarter growth will be lower than expected, followed by 2 successive

quarters of negative growth, before bouncing back in the fourth quarter,

Diokno told ANC.

World Newsletter
25 April 2020
CHINA NEWS

XI: BUILD 'GREAT SPACE POWER'

 

President Xi Jinping extended greetings to elder scientists who participated in the country's first satellite program 50 years ago and said he expected space industry workers to learn from their predecessors' spirit and strive to build the nation into a stronger space power.

World Newsletter
25 April 2020
WORLD NEWS

TRUMP SAYS SPOKE 'SARCASTICALLY' ABOUT INJECTING DISINFECTANTS

 

U.S. President Donald Trump's musings on whether injecting disinfectants

might treat COVID-19 have horrified medical professionals and raised fresh

concerns that his stream-of-consciousness briefings could push frightened

people to poison themselves with untested treatments.

World Newsletter
24 April 2020
WORLD NEWS

IRAN PROMISES 'TO CRUSH' US FORCES IF SHIPS ATTACKED IN GULF <https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2020/04/iran-vows-crush-forces-ships-attacked-gulf-200423065439347.html>

 

Iran will destroy U.S. warships if its security is threatened in the Gulf, the head of Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guards told state TV on Thursday, a day after U.S. President Donald Trump warned Tehran over ”harassment” of U.S. vessels.

World Newsletter
24 April 2020
FRONT PAGE NEWS

COVID-19 INFECTION RATE IN INDIA HAS SLOWED DOWN: GOVT

 

One month into the national lockdown, the coronavirus outbreak has spread to

more than half the total number of districts across the country, but remains

concentrated in the same areas, an analysis of official figures show.

The figures show that while districts on the COVID-19 map have more than

doubled in the last three weeks - from 211 districts on April 1 to 429 on

April 22 - the heavy load remains confined to 12 administrative districts

that recorded over 200 cases each.

World Newsletter
24 April 2020
PHILIPPINES NEWS

DUTERTE EXTENDS PHILIPPINES LOCKDOWN UNTIL MAY 15, CHANGES COVERAGE

 

MANILA – President Rodrigo Duterte extended Friday the Philippines' lockdown

to May 15 and changed the areas covered by movement restrictions that

shuttered businesses for weeks.

The so-called enhanced community quarantine will remain in Metro Manila, the

Southern Tagalog and Central Luzon regions, Mindoro island, and the

provinces of Pangasinan, Benguet, Catanduanes, and Albay.

World Newsletter
23 April 2020
CHINA NEWS

PRESIDENT CONFIDENT OF ACHIEVING POVERTY RELIEF GOAL

 

Despite the influence of the novel coronavirus pandemic on the country's economy, President Xi Jinping said on Tuesday that he was confident of achieving the goal of eliminating poverty in China by the end of this year.

 

While visiting a community in the town of Laoxian in Shaanxi province's Pingli county, Xi instructed local officials to make substantial efforts to promote employment so that the people will have a stable life.

World Newsletter
23 April 2020
PHILIPPINES NEWS

CEBU CITY EXTENDS COVID-19 LOCKDOWN UNTIL MAY 15

 

MANILA - The lockdown of hundreds of thousands of residents in Cebu City is

extended until May 15 to stem the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, Mayor

Edgardo Labella said Thursday.

Local officials extended the lockdown after some 123 detainees at the city

jail and around 136 residents in the densely populated Sitio Zapatera raised

the city's total COVID-19 cases to 312 as of Wednesday night, he said.

World Newsletter
22 April 2020
CHINA NEWS

XI'S TOUR FOCUSES ON POVERTY, ECOLOGY

 

President Xi Jinping inspected poverty alleviation work in Shaanxi province on Tuesday amid the nation's efforts to overcome the impact of the novel coronavirus pandemic and improve people's livelihoods.

World Newsletter
22 April 2020
WORLD NEWS

TRUMP IMMIGRATION BAN TO LAST 60 DAYS, TARGET THOSE SEEKING PERMANENT

RESIDENCY

 

President Donald Trump said on April 21 his new U.S. immigration ban would

last for 60 days and apply to those seeking "green cards" for permanent

residency in an effort to protect Americans seeking to regain jobs lost

because of the coronavirus.

World Newsletter
22 April 2020
PHILIPPINES NEWS

NO TOTAL LOCKDOWN; DUTERTE DECIDES ON ECQ TOMORROW

 

MANILA — With the end of the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) just eight

days away, expect no total lockdown to follow, presidential spokesman Harry

Roque said yesterday.

He said a total lockdown was not among the preferred scenarios raised by

health experts specifically former secretaries of the Department of Health

(DOH) during their meeting with President Duterte on Monday.

World Newsletter
21 April 2020
CHINA NEWS

MORE POLICIES ANNOUNCED TO BOOST ECONOMY

 

China announced new debt financing plans and additional rate cuts after the quarterly economic contraction in order to limit the effects of the novel coronavirus pandemic and ensure that the economy is better placed to recover, according to officials and analysts.

World Newsletter
21 April 2020
WORLD NEWS

US OIL PRICES TURN NEGATIVE AS DEMAND DRIES UP

 

The price of US oil has turned negative for the first time in history.

That means oil producers are paying buyers to take the commodity off their

hands over fears that storage capacity could run out in May.

Demand for oil has all but dried up as lockdowns across the world have kept

people inside.

World Newsletter
21 April 2020
PHILIPPINES NEWS

TRUMP OFFERS ADDITIONAL ASSISTANCE TO DUTERTE

 

MANILA — In a recent phone call with President Rodrigo Duterte, US President

Donald Trump offered additional assistance to the Philippines as it deals

with the deadly coronavirus disease, which first emerged in China late last

year.

The US Embassy in Manila confirmed that Duterte spoke with Trump last

Sunday.

World Newsletter
20 April 2020
CHINA NEWS

REGIONAL COOPERATION VITAL FOR VIRUS RESPONSE

 

The novel coronavirus pandemic could help China and neighboring countries step up nontraditional security cooperation for a stronger community with a shared future as President Xi Jinping has been committed to promoting neighborhood diplomacy based on the principles of friendship, sincerity, mutual benefit and inclusiveness, experts said.

World Newsletter
20 April 2020
WORLD NEWS

CORONAVIRUS DID NOT COME FROM US: WUHAN LAB

 

A laboratory in the Chinese city at ground zero of the global COVID-19

outbreak has rejected U.S. theories that it spawned the pandemic.

The denial came as world governments were debating how and when to ease

lockdowns that have kept more than half of humanity - 4.5 billion people -

confined to their homes and crippled the global economy.

World Newsletter
20 April 2020
PHILIPPINES NEWS

GOVERNMENT EYES PHASED, TARGETED LIFTING OF COVID QUARANTINE

 

MANILA — The government is eyeing a phase-by-phase lifting of the Luzon-wide

enhanced community quarantine as it considers heeding the advice of the

World Health Organization (WHO) against abruptly lifting lockdowns around

the world to contain the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

Members of the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) on Emerging Infectious

Diseases will meet today to discuss possible scenarios and measures to be

enforced once quarantine ends.

World Newsletter
18 April 2020
CHINA NEWS

KEY MEETING: GET NATION BACK TO WORK

 

A key Party meeting on Friday pledged greater efforts to expand domestic demand, increase investment and help small and medium-sized enterprises survive the COVID-19 pandemic with normalized containment measures in place.

World Newsletter
18 April 2020
PHILIPPINES NEWS

NO MARTIAL LAW, JUST ITS STYLE OF DISCIPLINE’

 

MANILA, Philippines — The imposition of martial law would be unlikely

without invasion or rebellion in the country, Cabinet Secretary Karlo

Nograles said yesterday.

What President Duterte wants is to impose strict disciplinary procedures

similar to martial law, to compel people to abide by community quarantine

measures meant to contain the coronavirus pandemic, Nograles explained.

World Newsletter
18 April 2020
WORLD NEWS

CHINA DENIES COVER-UP AS WUHAN CORONAVIRUS DEATHS REVISED UP 50%

 

In face of international criticism over under-reporting coronavirus data,

China Friday denied these allegations made by other countries of covering up

the extent of its pandemic outbreak on Friday.

A Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson acknowledged, as reported by PTI,

that the virus's rapid spread had contributed to undercounting that resulted

in China raising its death toll earlier Friday, however, he added "there has

never been any concealment, and we'll never allow any concealment."

World Newsletter
17 April 2020
CHINA NEWS

XI: COOPERATION, SOLIDARITY KEY TO CONTAGION FIGHT

 

As the novel coronavirus pandemic has run rampant globally, President Xi Jinping's unremitting call for solidarity and cooperation to stem the spread of the contagion has greater relevance to coping with the common threat the world is facing, officials and experts said.

World Newsletter
17 April 2020
WORLD NEWS

TRUMP UNVEILS HIS 3-PHASE PLAN TO REOPEN A STALLED ECONOMY AMID CORONAVIRUS

 

As Covid-19 continues to spread across the US, President Donald Trump has

given governors guidance on reopening state economies in the coming months.

The guidelines for "Opening up America Again" outline three phases in which

states can gradually ease their lockdowns.

Mr Trump promised governors they would be handling the process themselves,

with help from the federal government.

World Newsletter
17 April 2020
PHILIPPINES NEWS

DUTERTE WARNS OF ‘MARTIAL RULE’ DISCIPLINE vs VIOLATORS

 

MANILA — With an average of 4,000 quarantine violators being accosted daily,

President Duterte warned last night that he would make the police and

military enforce social or physical distancing “just like in martial law” to

contain the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.

In a televised address to the nation, Duterte talked about employing the

“martial rule” style of discipline amid reports that people are increasingly

returning to the streets and breaking quarantine rules.

World Newsletter
16 April 2020
CHINA NEWS

IMF FEARS WORST RECESSION SINCE 1930S

 

With the International Monetary Fund predicting on Tuesday the worst global downturn since the 1930s, China has deployed an additional policy response to address the slowdown caused by the novel coronavirus pandemic and facilitate economic recovery through incentivizing bank lending and stabilizing corporate hiring.

World Newsletter
16 April 2020
PHILIPPINES NEWS

PH RECORDS MORE COVID-19 RECOVERIES; 230 NEW CASES REPORTED

 

MANILA - New coronavirus disease or COVID-19 recoveries in the Philippines

reached another record-high, with 58 new recoveries announced Wednesday.

This brings the number of COVID-19 recoveries in the country to 353, the

Department of Health (DOH) said in its update.

World Newsletter
16 MARCH 2020
WORLD NEWS

CHINA HID TRUTH ABOUT COVID-19 PANDEMIC FROM ITS PEOPLE FOR ALMOST A WEEK

 

In the six days after top Chinese officials secretly determined they likely

were facing a pandemic from a new coronavirus, the city of Wuhan at the

epicenter of the disease hosted a mass banquet for tens of thousands of

people; millions began travelling through for Lunar New Year celebrations.

President Xi Jinping warned the public on the seventh day (January 20). But

by that time, more than 3,000 people had been infected during almost a week

of public silence, according to internal documents obtained by and expert

estimates based on retrospective infection data.

World Newsletter
15 April 2020
CHINA NEWS

XI URGES JOINT EFFORT IN VIRUS FIGHT

 

China will prioritize efforts to restore and raise the production capacity of medical supplies and epidemic containment materials to further contribute to international cooperation in halting the spread of the novel coronavirus and stabilizing global economic growth, President Xi Jinping said on Tuesday night.

World Newsletter
15 April 2020
WORLD NEWS

TRUMP HALTS WHO FUNDING OVER HANDLING OF CORONAVIRUS; ‘NOT THE TIME’, SAYS

UN CHIEF

 

President Donald Trump said on Tuesday he has instructed his administration

to halt funding to the World Health Organization (WHO) over its handling of

the coronavirus pandemic while his administration reviews its response to

the global crisis.

Trump, at a White House news conference, said the WHO had ”failed in its

basic duty and it must be held accountable.” He said the group had promoted

China's “disinformation” about the virus that likely led to a wider outbreak

of the virus than otherwise would have occurred.

World Newsletter
15 April 2020
PHILIPPINES NEWS

DUTERTE URGES ASEAN COUNTERPARTS TO ACT COLLECTIVELY, SUPPORT EACH OTHER

 

President Rodrigo Duterte highlighted four major areas wherein ASEAN members

can support each other in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, IATF

spokesperson Karlo Nograles said.

In a virtual meeting with his Southeast Asian counterparts, Duterte

emphasized the need to boost the production and intra-ASEAN trade of medical

equipment to address shortages.

World Newsletter
14 April 2020
CHINA NEWS

XI CALLS FOR RENEWED FRIENDSHIP WITH INDONESIA

 

President Xi Jinping called on Monday for solidarity between China and Indonesia to fight the COVID-19 pandemic and enrich the bilateral comprehensive strategic partnership as the two countries celebrate the 70th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties.

World Newsletter
14 April 2020
WORLD NEWS

CORONAVIRUS | NEW YORK GOVERNOR ANDREW CUOMO SAYS 'WORST IS OVER'

 

The coronavirus outbreak could reach its peak in the United States this

week, a top U.S. health official said on Monday as New York Governor Andrew

Cuomo declared "the worst is over" for his state, the U.S. epicenter of the

virus.

World Newsletter
14 April 2020
PHILIPPINES NEWS

DUTERTE SAYS LIKELY TO LIFT LUZON LOCKDOWN IF PH GETS ANTIBODY TREATMENT VS

COVID-19

 

MANILA -- President Rodrigo Duterte late Monday said that he is likely to

lift the lockdown in Luzon if the country can get an antibody treatment for

the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

"Kung nandiyan na 'yong antibody, available na sa market dito and it is

being sold in quantity, in number, then I'm inclined to at that time to

maybe lift the lockdown," Duterte said.

“Mayroon nang medisina, antibody, ang isang giant pharmaceutical (company)

pero hindi galing sa tao. Sabi by May, they would start to market it,” he

added.

“Kung meron na ‘yan, tapos makita ko na ginagamit ng tao, ili-lift ko. Tutal

kung magkasakit kayo, may antibodies naman tayo mabili. Ngayon kung wala ka

mabili, problema mo na ‘yan kasi tapos na yung lockdown,” Duterte said.

US drugmaker Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc. said in March it has identified

hundreds of antibodies that could treat or prevent COVID-19, and was

preparing to begin clinical trials.

The company will select the top 2 antibodies to develop a "cocktail"

treatment and scale up its manufacturing to produce 200,000 doses per month

by the end of summer in the US.

World Newsletter
13 April 2020
CHINA NEWS

AMBASSADOR CHALLENGES CLAIMS CHINA HID VIRUS COUNT

 

China's top diplomat in the United States refuted the claims that his country has underreported the number of COVID-19 cases and related deaths, suggesting instead that the accusers usually have things under their "dirty carpet".

 

Ambassador Cui Tiankai, in an interview with Ian Bremmer at the weekly digital and broadcast show Gzero World, also said that the majority of the several million people believed to have left Wuhan before the capital of Central China's Hubei was locked down on Jan 23 to combat the novel coronavirus had actually remained within China, instead of traveling elsewhere and spreading the virus.

World Newsletter
13 April 2020
WORLD NEWS

OPEC+ APPROVES HISTORIC OIL DEAL AMID CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC

 

Opec producers and allies have agreed a record oil deal that will slash

global output by about 10% after a slump in demand caused by coronavirus

lockdowns.

The deal, agreed on Sunday via video conference, is the largest cut in oil

production ever to have been agreed.

Opec+, made up of oil producers and allies including Russia, announced plans

for the deal on 9 April, but Mexico resisted the cuts.

World Newsletter
13 April 2020
PHILIPPINES NEWS

MANILA STARTS TARGETED COVID-19 MASS TESTING

 

MANILA - The city of Manila can now conduct localized, targeted coronavirus

mass testing to slow the spread of the contagion in the Philippine capital

and allow authorities to isolate infected residents.

Six district hospitals and the Delpan quarantine facility can conduct 232

swab tests each day or 1,624 tests per week, the city's public information

office said Monday. Manila has so far conducted 934 swab tests.

World Newsletter
10 April 2020
WORLD NEWS

COVID-19: ARE WE TESTING ENOUGH? HERE'S HOW INDIA FARES VERSUS OTHERS

 

The global tally of Covid-19-positive cases now stands at over 1.5 million, and the number of fatalities is nearly 83,000. With countries upping their testing capabilities to stem a surge in coronavirus infections, more than 11 million tests have been conducted across the globe so far.

India has conducted around 160,000 tests (as on April 8), according to ICMR data. And the country’s tally of positive cases stands at 6,237 (at 6 pm on April 9) – implying 3.8 per cent of the tests yielded positive results for coronavirus.

The US, by comparison, has conducted 2.2 million tests – the most among all countries – and seen a fifth of all those tests throwing up positive results.

World Newsletter
10 April 2020
PHILIPPINES NEWS

PHILIPPINES LAUNCHES COVID-19 TRACKING, EMERGENCY RESPONSE ONLINE PLATFORM

 

MANILA - The Philippines launched an online and mobile platform that can

help the government track people exhibiting symptoms of the coronavirus

disease and conduct more efficient contact tracing.

Manila-based developer Multisys created StaySafe.ph, which "encourages

people to report their health condition as well as those of their family

members," the National Task Force against COVID-19 said in a statement.

Users will be asked during the online registration process if they manifest

COVID-19 symptoms such as fever, cough, fatigue, muscle pain, runny nose,

sore throat, shortness of breath and diarrhea. The platform will then

generate a result indicating mild, moderate or severe depending on the

number of symptoms the user is experiencing.

World Newsletter
9 April 2020
CHINA NEWS

XI URGES COMMUNITY WORKERS TO KEEP UP VIRUS PREVENTION

 

President Xi Jinping encouraged community workers to continue their epidemic prevention efforts to secure the final victory in the battle against COVID-19 on Thursday.

 

Xi, also general secretary of the Communist Party of China Central Committee and chairman of the Central Military Commission, made the remarks in a letter replying to community workers at a neighborhood which he inspected during his visit last month to Wuhan, the hardest-hit city by the outbreak and the capital of Hubei province.

World Newsletter
9 April 2020
PHILIPPINES NEWS

COVID-19 CASES IN PHILIPPINES RISE TO 3,870, DEATHS NOW AT 182

 

Too early to tell if cases are decreasing,' DOH official says

MANILA — For the second consecutive day, the number of new coronavirus cases

in the Philippines was below the 200-mark after health authorities reported

106 additional infections Wednesday.

World Newsletter
9 April 2020
WORLD NEWS

COVID-19: TRUMP SAYS WOULD LIKE TO REOPEN US ECONOMY WITH A 'BIG BANG'

 

US President Donald Trump said on Wednesday he would like to reopen the US

economy with a "big bang" but that the death toll from the coronavirus needs

to be on the down slope before that can happen.

Trump did not give a timeframe on when he would like to reopen the economy,

but his chief economic adviser, Larry Kudlow, said on Tuesday it was

possible this could happen in four to eight weeks.

World Newsletter
9 April 2020
FRONT PAGE NEWS

UP AND DELHI SEAL HOTSPOTS UNTIL APRIL 15

 

The Uttar Pradesh government on Wednesday decided to seal coronavirus

hotspots in 15 districts until April 15 as part of a cluster containment

exercise, where only medical services and home delivery of essential items

would be allowed.

While entire districts will not face such stringent lockdown measures,

movement of people will be completely curbed in these hotspots, and all

shops will be shut.

World Newsletter
8 April 2020
WORLD NEWS

TRUMP SETS STAGE FOR UNSC MEET ON COVID-19 ON APRIL 9; PANS W.H.O, CHINA

 

After US President Donald Trump virtually blamed the World Health

Organisation for playing the Chinese side on the coronavirus pandemic, heat

will now mount on Beijing at an informal discussion on the virus outbreak in

the UN Security Council on Thursday, April 9, at 3 pm EST (April 10 12.30

am). The informal discussion will be preceded by a briefing by the UN

Secretary General Antonio Guterres.

World Newsletter
8 April 2020
PHILIPPINES NEWS

MODIFIED 'LOCKDOWN' PROPOSED

 

IATF extends Luzon quarantine to April 30

MANILA - As Luzon braces for an extended enhanced community quarantine, a

"modified lockdown" should be considered to ensure smoother delivery of

basic goods and allow some businesses to reopen and serve communities,

Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Ernesto Pernia said yesterday.

World Newsletter
7 April 2020
CHINA NEWS

CHINA-US MUTUAL SUPPORT NEEDED RIGHT NOW

 

Beijing's top envoy in Washington expressed solidarity on Monday with people in the United States, saying China is doing its best to support the US and other countries in their battle against the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

"In the fight against the virus, we stand together with the people of New York and America," Cui Tiankai, Chinese ambassador to the US, said in an opinion piece published in The New York Times on Sunday.

 

"We are facilitating the US government's purchase of personal protective equipment made in China."

 

Cui's comments echoed remarks made on Friday by US Ambassador to China Terry Branstad, who said his embassy was "working closely" with Chinese government officials to facilitate the shipment of crucial supplies of protective equipment from China.

 

In addition, Branstad said, "No one country can fight this battle alone, and I am confident that our two countries will continue to find ways to jointly cooperate to combat this common enemy that threatens the lives of all of us."

 

In his opinion piece, Cui conceded that there has been "unpleasant talk" between the two nations about the disease. He apparently was referring to the politicizing of the pandemic issue and the blame game regarding origin of the virus.

 

"But this is not the time for finger-pointing," he said. "This is a time for solidarity, collaboration and mutual support."

 

The Chinese embassy in the US said on Monday that it had conducted a survey regarding arrangements for charter flights to bring home Chinese students studying abroad, and a decision was taken to give priority to primary and secondary school students.

 

According to the announcement on the embassy's website, primary and secondary Chinese students younger than age 18 who have stayed in the US either short- or long-term without their parents are now able to register for flights home.

 

Around 1.6 million Chinese students are studying abroad, and 410,000 of them are in the US, according to the Ministry of Education. An earlier survey found that over 60 percent of the Chinese students in the US would like to return immediately due to the growing number of infections reported in the US.

 

With summer vacation approaching, it is likely that an increasing number of Chinese students would like to come home, the embassy said.

 

The US reported more than 330,000 infections, with the death toll creeping toward 10,000 on Sunday.

 

US President Donald Trump has warned the country to brace for a "horrific" next few weeks.

 

"The next week and a half, two weeks, I think they're going to be very difficult," Trump said.

 

US Surgeon General Jerome Adams warned on Sunday, "This is going to be our Pearl Harbor moment, our 9/11 moment."

 

Trump, who made his remark during the White House Coronavirus Task Force news briefing, also said that by Tuesday, 3,000 military and public health workers would be deployed across the nation to cope with the pandemic.

World Newsletter
7 April 2020
WORLD NEWS

US VIRUS FATALITIES PASSES GRIM NUMBER AS UK DEATHS SPIKE

 

The U.S. and Britain braced for what could be one of their bleakest weeks in

memory on Monday as the human and financial toll of the coronavirus outbreak

mounted. But new deaths and infections appeared to be slowing in Italy,

Spain and France, suggesting that lockdowns and social distancing are

working.

World Newsletter
7 April 2020
PHILIPPINES NEWS

DUTERTE APPROVES LUZON-WIDE COMMUNITY QUARANTINE UNTIL APRIL 30

 

MANILA - The enhanced community quarantine in Luzon is extended until April

30, Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles said Tuesday.

In a late night address Monday, President Rodrigo Duterte's late night

address where he said the government is "inclined to extend the lockdown up

to April 30."

World Newsletter
6 April 2020
WORLD NEWS

CORONAVIRUS: TRUMP VOICES HOPE FOR 'LEVELLING-OFF' IN US HOTSPOTS

 

President Donald Trump has expressed hope coronavirus cases were "levelling

off" in US hotspots, saying he saw "light at the end of the tunnel".

On Sunday, New York, the epicentre of the US outbreak, reported a drop in

the number of new infections and deaths.

Mr Trump described the dip as a "good sign", but warned of more deaths as

the pandemic neared its "peak" in the US.

"In the days ahead, America will endure the peak of this pandemic," Mr Trump

said at his daily coronavirus briefing.

World Newsletter
6 April 2020
PHILIPPINES NEWS

COVID CASES JUMP TO 3,246; DEATHS AT 152

 

MANILA — The number of confirmed coronavirus disease (COVID) cases

nationwide yesterday jumped to 3,246 while fatalities rose to 152, according

to the Department of Health (DOH).

Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said 152 new cases pushed the

total to 3,246 and eight new deaths brought to152 the number of fatalities.

Vergeire also reported that seven additional recoveries brought to 64 the

number of patients who recovered from the illness.

World Newsletter
4 April 2020
CHINA NEWS

PRESIDENT XI ATTENDS THE NATIONAL MOURNING FOR COVID-19 VICTIMS

 

President Xi Jinping on Saturday attended the national mourning period for martyrs who sacrificed their lives in the fight against the COVID-19 outbreak and compatriots who died of the novel coronavirus pneumonia.

 

Xi and other leaders joined all the Chinese people and observed three minutes of silence to mourn for the deceased at the central leadership compound of Zhongnanhai. Air raid sirens and horns of automobiles, trains and ships wailed in grief.

World Newsletter
4 April 2020
WORLD NEWS

UNGA ADOPTS RESOLUTION ON COVID-19, CALLS FOR GLOBAL COOPERATION TO FIGHT

PANDEMIC

 

The United Nations General Assembly has unanimously adopted a resolution,

co-sponsored by 188 nations including India, on COVID-19, calling for

intensified international cooperation to defeat the pandemic that is causing

severe disruption to societies and economies.

World Newsletter
4 April 2020
PHILIPPINES NEWS

COVID-19 TASK FORCE: NO DECISION YET ON EXTENSION OF LUZON QUARANTINE

 

MANILA — Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles on Saturday said the Inter-Agency

Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases has not yet reached a decision on

whether to extend the quarantine across Luzon and parts of the Visayas and

Mindanao.

World Newsletter
3 April 2020
CHINA NEWS

XI: COLLECTIVE EFFORTS KEY TO FIGHTING VIRUS

 

The international community should make joint efforts to fight against the novel coronavirus, which is the common enemy of all mankind, President Xi Jinping said on Thursday.

 

Xi made the remarks in telephone conversations with Belgian King Philippe and Indonesian President Joko Widodo.

 

In his phone conversation with the Belgian king, Xi said that the virus recognizes no borders or races and only through making collective efforts will the international community prevail over the outbreak.

World Newsletter
3 April 2020
WORLD NEWS

OIL PRICES SKYROCKET AS TRUMP CLAIMS RUSSIA, SAUDIS PLAN TO SLASH OUTPUT

 

Oil prices rocketed Thursday after US President Donald Trump said Russia and

Saudi Arabia planned to end their price war by slashing output.

But gains for Brent North Sea crude of nearly 46 percent cooled to around 20

percent as Russia denied it had spoken with Saudi Arabia, the world's

biggest exporter of crude.

After Trump tweeted that Saudi and Russia could slash production by up to 15

million barrels, Brent hit $36.29 per barrel, up almost 46 percent.

West Texas Intermediate soared around 35 percent to $27.39.

World Newsletter
3 April 2020
FRONT PAGE NEWS

NATIONAL DEATH COUNT FROM TABLIGH MEETING NOW 15 — AND ALMOST A FIFTH OF TOTAL CASES

 

The Tablighi Jamaat congregation in Delhi last month has emerged as the biggest hotspot, accounting for about one-fifth of the COVID-19 positive cases across the country so far. At least 15 across the country have been linked to the gathering.

World Newsletter
3 April 2020
PHILIPPINES NEWS

WEARING MASKS NOW MANDATORY

 

MANILA — For better protection against the coronavirus disease 2019

(COVID-19), Malacañang ordered yesterday all those living in areas under

enhanced community quarantine to wear face masks or other forms of

protective equipment when they go out to buy essential items.

Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles, who is also spokesman of the Inter-Agency

Task Force on the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF), said

the call was part of the government’s intensified efforts to contain the

COVID-19 outbreak.

World Newsletter
2 April 2020
CHINA NEWS

XI'S TRIP TO ZHEJIANG BOOSTS CONFIDENCE

 

President Xi Jinping has offered a confidence boost to the market and businesses with his four-day inspection trip to Zhejiang province, in which he underlined the importance of turning crisis into opportunities and fostering new growth engines amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

Xi, who is also general secretary of the Communist Party of China Central Committee and chairman of the Central Military Commission, started his trip with a visit to the Port of Ningbo-Zhoushan, the world's busiest in terms of cargo tonnage and the world's third-largest container port.

World Newsletter
2 April 2020
WORLD NEWS

U.S. INTEL: CHINA COVERED UP EXTENT OF CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK

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China has concealed the extent of the coronavirus outbreak in its country,

under-reporting both total cases and deaths it's suffered from the disease,

the U.S. intelligence community concluded in a classified report to the

White House, according to three US officials.

World Newsletter
2 April 2020
PHILIPPINES NEWS

DUTERTE WARNS GROUPS DISRUPTING QUARANTINE; PNP TOLD: SHOOT THEM DEAD

 

MANILA — Shoot them dead.

President Duterte ordered the police and the military last night to shoot

dead those who will continue to hold protests that disrupt peace and order

during the enhanced community quarantine.

Duterte issued the order after members of the left-leaning urban poor group

Kadamay reportedly instigated a protest that turned violent over food

distribution in Quezon City.

World Newsletter
1 April 2020
CHINA NEWS

XI STRESSES GREEN MODEL OF GROWTH

 

President Xi Jinping stressed the importance of environmental protection during his inspection tour of eastern China on Monday at a village where he unveiled his theory of ecological civilization 15 years ago.

World Newsletter
1 April 2020
WORLD NEWS

G20 NATIONS AGREE TO KEEP MARKETS OPEN, TACKLE SUPPLY DISRUPTIONS

 

Group of 20 trade chiefs pledged to try to keep supply chains open as the

world fights to contain the coronavirus pandemic and limit the economic

fallout. The G-20 commerce ministers also vowed to "guard against

profiteering and unjustified price increases" during a conference call on

Monday devoted to the trade and investment implications of the health scare.

"We will continue to work together to deliver a free, fair,

non-discriminatory, transparent, predictable and stable trade and investment

environment, and to keep our markets open," the ministers said in a joint

statement released by Saudi Arabia, current holder of the G-20's rotating

presidency. "We will explore ways for logistics networks via air, sea and

land freight to remain open."

World Newsletter
1 April 2020
PHILIPPINES NEWS

PHILIPPINES RECORDS 538 NEW CASES, NATIONAL TALLY BREACHES 2,000-MARK

 

The Department of Health confirmed 538 new COVID-19 cases in the

Philippines, bringing the national tally to 2,084.

The health department also reported that an additional 10 COVID-19 patients

died in the country, raising the number of deceased to 88.

Seven new recoveries have been recoded, bringing the total number of

recoveries to 49.

World Newsletter
31 March 2020
CHINA NEWS

XI VOWS AID FOR SMALLER BUSINESSES

 

President Xi Jinping pledged on Sunday to take measures to protect small and medium-sized companies from being seriously impacted by the novel coronavirus pneumonia outbreak.

 

Xi, who is also general secretary of the Communist Party of China Central Committee and chairman of the Central Military Commission, made the remark while inspecting an industrial park producing auto parts and molds in Ningbo, Zhejiang province.

World Newsletter
31 March 2020
WORLD NEWS

BRENT TUMBLES TO LOWEST SINCE 2002, US CRUDE DIPS BELOW $20 PER BARREL

 

Global oil benchmark Brent crude plunged to its cheapest in almost 18 years

on Monday and US crude briefly tumbled below $20 per barrel on growing fears

the global coronavirus shutdown could last months and demand for fuel will

decline further.

With Saudi Arabia and Russia set to flood the market with oil next month,

producers and shippers have been scrambling to lock oil up in storage as

demand falls.

World Newsletter
31 March 2020
PHILIPPINES NEWS

100,000 EMPLOYERS AWAITING CASH RESCUE DURING COVID-19 LOCKDOWN: LABOR DEPT

 

MANILA - Some 100,000 employers are awaiting cash aid from government, the

Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) said Tuesday, as workers reeled

from Luzon's month-long lockdown.

The agency has so far disbursed P5,000 cash each to several workers in Metro

Manila, Central Luzon, and Calabarzon, Assistant Secretary Dominique Rubia

Tutay said.

World Newsletter
31 March 2020
FRONT PAGE NEWS

NO PLAN TO EXTEND 21-DAY LOCKDOWN: GOVT

 

The government on Monday said that there was no immediate plan to extend the

21-day lockdown amid fears that shutdown of businesses across the country to

counter the spread of coronavirus might trigger severe economic and social

distress.

World Newsletter
30 March 2020
CHINA NEWS

XI'S CALL SETS RIGHT TONE FOR BATTLE

 

Amid the mounting risks the novel coronavirus pneumonia outbreak has brought to the world, President Xi Jinping's call for "an all-out global war" against the pandemic at the recent G20 Extraordinary Leader's Summit on COVID-19 has great relevance to addressing the global public health crisis.

World Newsletter
30 March 2020
WORLD NEWS

NETHERLANDS RECALLS DEFECTIVE MASKS IMPORTED FROM CHINA

 

Dutch officials have recalled tens of thousands of masks imported from China

and distributed to hospitals battling the coronavirus outbreak because they

do not meet quality standards.

They received a delivery of masks from a Chinese manufacturer on March 21,

the health ministry said in a statement.

World Newsletter
30 March 2020
PHILIPPINES NEWS

8 PERISH AS TOKYO-BOUND PLANE CATCHES FIRE AT NAIA

 

MANILA — An aircraft caught on fire at the Ninoy Aquino International

Airport late Sunday as it was about to take off, killing eight people, the

Manila International Airport Authority confirmed.

According to a source, Lionair RPC5880 had eight people on board: Six

Filipino crew members and two passengers. The passengers were a Canadian and

an American.

World Newsletter
28 March 2020
CHINA NEWS

XI-TRUMP CALL HELPS EASE TENSIONS

 

President Xi Jinping on Friday urged united efforts between China and the United States to fight the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

In a phone conversation with US President Donald Trump, Xi said bilateral relations are now at a critical juncture, and both nations stand to gain from cooperation and lose from confrontation and that cooperation is the only correct choice for both sides.

 

World Newsletter
28 March 2020
WORLD NEWS

IMF CHIEF KRISTALINA GEORGIEVA: WE HAVE ENTERED RECESSION

 

The head of the International Monetary Fund said Friday it is clear that the

global economy has now entered a recession that could be as bad or worse

than the 2009 downturn. IMF Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva said the

189-nation lending agency was forecasting a recovery in 2021, saying it

could be a "sizable rebound." But she said this would only occur if nations

succeed in containing the coronavirus and limiting the economic damage.

With the worldwide economic “sudden stop,” Georgieva said the fund’s

estimate “for the overall financial needs of emerging markets is $2.5

trillion.”

World Newsletter
28 March 2020
CHINA NEWS

GDP GROWTH SEEN TO SLOW BELOW 1.1%

 

Worse than during global financial crisis in 2008

MANILA — Analysts are not discounting the possibility that the Philippine

Economy will be worse off this year than during the global financial crisis

in 2008.

In separate reports, bank economists said they expect the Philippines to

book a slower gross domestic product (GDP) growth due to the impact of the

novel coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak.

World Newsletter
27 March 2020
CHINA NEWS

XI STRESSES KEY ROLE OF G20

 

Members of the G20 should enhance their coordination in macroeconomic policies to prevent a global recession resulting from the novel coronavirus outbreak, President Xi Jinping said on Thursday.

 

Xi made the remark while delivering a speech during the G20 Extraordinary Leaders' Summit on COVID-19. The summit, in the form of a videoconference, is the first of its kind under the G20 framework.

World Newsletter
27 March 2020
WORLD NEWS

3.3 MILLION AMERICANS APPLY FOR UNEMPLOYMENT

 

More than 3 million people filed for unemployment benefits last week,

sending a collective shudder throughout the economy that is unlike anything

Americans have experienced.

The report, released by the Labor Department on Thursday, provides some of

the first hard data on the economic toll of the coronavirus pandemic, which

has shut down whole swaths of American life faster than government

statistics can keep track.

World Newsletter
27 March 2020
PHILIPPINES NEWS

GOV'T PREPARES TO EXHAUST FISCAL LEEWAY, POLITICAL CAPITAL IN DUTERTE'S 'YOLANDA MOMENT'

 

MANILA — A decade of fiscal discipline and record popularity are now being

put to good use by President Duterte vowing to do whatever it takes to

sufficiently counter the coronavirus disease-2019 (COVID-19) outbreak,

setting aside growth ambitions for a crucial crisis response that can make

or break his legacy.

World Newsletter
26 March 2020
CHINA NEWS

PRESIDENT CONTINUES WITH BUSY DIPLOMATIC AGENDA

 

President Xi Jinping said on Wednesday that China is willing to bolster coordination and cooperation with all other nations to send a message of solidarity and unity in fighting COVID-19 and to shore up global confidence.

Xi made the remark in a telephone conversation with German Chancellor Angela Merkel ahead of the G20 special summit on the pandemic.

World Newsletter
26 March 2020
WORLD NEWS

WHITE HOUSE, US CONGRESS AGREE ON $2 TRILLION RESCUE BILL

 

The White House and Senate leaders of both major political parties announced

agreement early Wednesday on unprecedented emergency legislation to rush

sweeping aid to businesses, workers and a health care system slammed by the

coronavirus pandemic.

The urgently needed $2 trillion pandemic response measure is the largest

economic rescue measure in history and is intended as a weekslong or

monthslong patch for an economy spiraling into recession and a nation facing

a potentially ghastly toll.

World Newsletter
26 March 2020
PHILIPPINES NEWS

PHILIPPINES HAS ECONOMIC 'FIREPOWER' TO FIGHT CORONAVIRUS, SAYS IMF

 

MANILA -- The Philippines has the economic "firepower" to fight the

coronavirus pandemic and can draw from the International Monetary Fund's

emergency financing, the Washington-based lender said Thursday.

Manila has high international reserves, low public debt, and fiscal space

both to spend more and increase liquidity in the banking system, said IMF

representative to the Philippines Yongzheng Yang.

World Newsletter
25 March 2020
CHINA NEWS

XI TO ATTEND VIRTUAL G20 SUMMIT ON CORONAVIRUS

 

President Xi Jinping will attend in Beijing on Thursday an extraordinary virtual G20 leaders' summit on coping with the novel coronavirus, Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying announced on Wednesday.

World Newsletter
25 March 2020
WORLD NEWS

WORLD ON LOCKDOWN: BUSINESS ACTIVITY COLLAPSES AT RECORD PACE

 

Business activity has collapsed from Australia and Japan to Western Europe

at a record pace, as measures to contain the coronavirus hammer the world

economy, with data for the United States later on Tuesday expected to be

just as dire.

"The coronavirus outbreak represents a major external shock to the macro

outlook, akin to a large-scale natural disaster," analysts at BlackRock

Investment Institute said in a note.

World Newsletter
25 March 2020
PHILIPPINES NEWS

WITH WORLD BUSY FIGHTING CORONAVIRUS, CHINA QUIETLY BUILDS INSTALLATIONS ON PHILIPPINE-CLAIMED REEFS

 

MANILA — While the rest of the world is busy battling the coronavirus

pandemic, China, where the virus originated, has taken advantage of the

countries’ preoccupation by building new facilities on Philippine-claimed

territories in West Philippine Sea.

On Friday, government-funded Chinese Academy of Sciences launched two

research stations on Fiery Cross (Kagitingan) and Subi Reefs in Spratly

Islands to “help scientists expand their research into deep sea ecology,

geology, environment, material sciences and marine energy,” state-run Xinhua

reported.

World Newsletter
25 March 2020
FRONT PAGE NEWS

PM ADDRESSES THE NATION, DECLARES 21-DAY NATION-WIDE LOCKDOWN

 

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday announced a complete lockdown across

the country for 21 days from midnight, asserting that social distancing is

the only way out for the country to fight a decisive battle against

coronavirus outbreak.

In his second national broadcast in a week on the pandemic raging across

much of the world with the number of infections rising in India, Modi made a

fervent appeal to the countrymen not to cross the 'lakshman rekha' of their

homes for the next three weeks.

World Newsletter
24 March 2020
CHINA NEWS

CHINA OFFERS GLOBAL HELP IN COMBATING COVID-19

 

President Xi Jinping and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson spoke over phone on Monday night and voiced support for the role of the World Health Organization (WHO) in the global fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

On behalf of the Chinese government and people, Xi extended sincere sympathies to the British government and people over their fight against the coronavirus disease. Upon request, he introduced China's epidemic prevention and control measures.

World Newsletter
24 March 2020
WORLD NEWS

GLOBAL LOCKDOWN TO FIGHT THE CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK

 

WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus on Monday said, "The

pandemic is accelerating," Tedros said. "It took 67 days from the first

reported case to reach the first 100,000 cases, 11 days for the second

100,000 cases and just four days for the third 100,000 cases."

More than 6,000 Italians have now died from COVID-19, nearly double the

confirmed number of deaths in China where the virus first emerged late last

year.

Some 1.7 billion people have been asked to stay home in over 50 countries

and territories around the world as governments battle the COVID-19 pandemic

sweeping the globe.

World Newsletter
24 March 2020
PHILIPPINES NEWS

AS COVID-19 GROUNDS CRUISE SHIPS, SOME 10,000 FILIPINO SEAFARERS NEED TO BE

REPATRIATED

 

MANILA – Some 10,000 Filipino seafarers are in need of repatriation after

COVID-19 halted the operation of cruise ships worldwide, a crew service

agency said Tuesday.

Magsaysay Maritime Corp. is chartering flights for the repatriation of the

seafarers, its chairman Marlon Rono said.

“Naguumpisa na po ang repatriation. Asahan po natin sa darating na mga araw

ay marami po ang uuwi diyan,” he told radio DZMM.

“They are floating in some areas. Alam mo naman ang cruise ship may sariling

doctor, may sariling ospital. They are taken cared of kung may symptoms na

nangyayari.”

World Newsletter
23 March 2020
CHINA NEWS

XI'S DIPLOMACY PRIORITIZES SOLIDARITY, COOPERATION

 

President Xi Jinping has used head-of-state diplomacy to call for the building of a community of common health for mankind amid the mounting global public health crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, observers said.

China's experiences on epidemic control and its aid to the contagion-affected countries are boosting the confidence of the international community as it strives to stem the spread of the novel coronavirus, and it helps them cope with the challenges arising from the disease, they said.

World Newsletter
23 March 2020
WORLD NEWS

ABE: OLYMPICS COULD BE POSTPONED

 

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has said postponing the Olympic Games

could become an option if it was not possible to hold it in its "complete

form".

He said the country might have "no option but to consider postponing the

games", but added that cancellation was not an option.

This is a dramatic shift from what he had said earlier last week. He had

then confidently announced that Japan would "overcome the spread of the

infection and host the Olympics without problem".

The Olympics are due to be held in the capital Tokyo this July.

World Newsletter
23 March 2020
PHILIPPINES NEWS

SPECIAL CONGRESS SESSION ON COVID-19

 

MANILA — Congress is meeting on Monday, March 23, for a special session to,

according to a letter from the Palace, "authorize the president to exercise

powers necessary to carry out urgent measures to meet the current national

emergency relating to the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)."

According to a leaked draft bill, Congress may grant the chief executive the

power to take over the operations of any privately-owned public utility or

business affected with public interest.

World Newsletter
22 March 2020
CHINA NEWS

CHINA SECURITIES WATCHDOG LAUNCHES INDEX SYSTEM FOR STAR BOARD

China's top securities watchdog launched an evaluation index system of science and technology innovation for the country's Nasdaq-style sci-tech innovation board, or the STAR market, to facilitate the innovation-driven economic transformation on Friday.

The launch of the index system aims to better support and encourage enterprises with "hard technology" to be listed on the Shanghai Stock Exchange's sci-tech innovation board, according to the China Securities Regulatory Commission (CSRC).

With a structure including three regular indices and five exception clauses, the system will help speed up the application of the country's scientific and technological achievements in production.

The design of the system is both highly operable and flexible, reflecting the direction of the reform on enhancing the inclusiveness of the capital market to technological innovation enterprises, said the CSRC.

World Newsletter
22 March 2020
WORLD NEWS


US BLAMES CHINA, RUSSIA AND IRAN FOR SPREADING 'DISINFORMATION' ON
CORONAVIRUS

S Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has blamed Russia, China and Iran for
spreading "disinformation" on COVID-19 and carrying out coordinated efforts
to "disparage" American attempts towards containing the fast-spreading
coronavirus pandemic.
Speaking at the White House on Friday, Pompeo described the disinformation
campaigns as being "pretty diffused" and urged Americans to ensure that they
are getting their information from a reliable source and not a "bad actor"
trying to create and flow information that they know is wrong.
"I wanted to talk about the disinformation the people are seeing both on
Twitter and around the world. Some of it coming from government, some of it
coming from other individuals," Pompeo told reporters.

World Newsletter
22 March 2020
PHILIPPINES NEWS

HOUSE SETS HISTORIC TEXT VOTING AT SESSION

MANILA - For the first time, House members are set to vote via text
messaging and online video conferencing to replace floor deliberations to
pass legislation needed to address the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)
pandemic.
The House leadership has approved the proposal of Cavite Rep. Elpidio
Barzaga Jr. to allow lawmakers to cast their votes by text during the
special session when they are either currently in self-quarantine or in
their provinces due to the enhanced community quarantine, The STAR learned
yesterday.
He made the proposal, saying it is "impossible for members who are in Bicol,
Visayas or Mindanao to go to Batasan physically."
Barzaga, who heads of the National Unity Party, said he could manage the
long-distance plenary participation of NUP members in the House.
"If a House member questions that before the Supreme Court, I don't think it
will prosper," he added.

World Newsletter
21 March 2020
CHINA NEWS

NATION SHOWS STRENGTH IN PANDEMIC BATTLE

The strength of China's system, which enables it to pool all available resources to solve major problems, has helped the country address the health crisis caused by the novel coronavirus pneumonia outbreak, observers said.

The all-of-government and all-of-society approach that China has adopted in combating COVID-19 has won international acclaim as it has proved effective and efficient in curbing the spread of the virus, they said.

As China battles the novel coronavirus, its model of central leadership and regional partnerships has functioned well.

Since the start of the outbreak, President Xi Jinping, who is also general secretary of the Communist Party of China Central Committee and chairman of the Central Military Commission, has acted as commander-in-chief in the people's war on the epidemic.

World Newsletter
21 March 2020
WORLD NEWS


OLYMPIC FLAME ARRIVES IN JAPAN AS CORONAVIRUS THROWS TOKYO GAMES INTO
GROWING DOUBT

A plane carrying the Olympic torch from Greece arrived on Friday on Japan's
northwestern coast ravaged by a 2011 tsunami, but the welcome ceremony will
have no spectators, amid worries the Games could be cancelled over the
coronavirus pandemic.
The flame arrived at Japan Air Self-Defense Force's Matsushima base and will
tour the Tohoku region hit by the tsunami and earthquake, in what the
organizers call a "recovery flame" tour until the official kick-off ceremony
in Fukushima on March 26.
Organizers have repeatedly said the Games, set to run from July 24 to Aug.
9, will go ahead, but as the rapid spread of the virus brings the sports
world to a virtual standstill, fears are growing that the Olympics may be
postponed or cancelled.

World Newsletter
21 March 2020
PHILIPPINES NEWS

DUTERTE TO LGUS: STAND DOWN, FOLLOW GUIDELINES

MANILA — President Duterte has appealed to the nation to follow the
guidelines laid down by the national government for addressing the new
coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) and for local government units to be
united in the implementation of measures to contain the disease, including
restricting the movement of people as part of an enhanced community
quarantine.
The entire Luzon is now in “the stage of a lockdown,” meaning everyone
should stay home and avoid unnecessary travel outside their residences,
Duterte said after a meeting with members of the Inter-Agency Task Force for
the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases at Malago Clubhouse in
Malacañang late Thursday evening.

World Newsletter
20 March 2020
CHINA NEWS

MORE RETURNEES INDICATE OUTBREAK IN CONTROL

Despite the sudden jump in imported infections in the past few days, the number of inbound trips has been 120,000 on average a day since the World Health Organization declared the novel coronavirus outbreak a pandemic on March 11, which is an 80 percent drop year-on-year, according to the National Immigration Administration.

That a number of Chinese living abroad are returning to China regardless of the huge economic cost and difficulties involved reflect the effectiveness of the prevention and control measures. Compared with its foreign counterparts, the Chinese government's resolute and comprehensive response has met the expectations of the Chinese people.

Therefore, the returnees' choice should be respected provided they fulfill the prevention and control requirements of both China and their host country.

The wrongdoings of a few returnees who hid their symptoms at airports and thus forced their close contacts into quarantine, too, should not prompt the government to close the door to its own people. Albeit the stricter border health and quarantine regulations that criminalize those acts are expected to help prevent such cases.

World Newsletter
20 March 2020
WORLD NEWS

ITALIAN DEATH TOLL OVERTAKES CHINA AS CORONAVIRUS SPREADS

The death toll in Italy from the coronavirus overtook china’s on Thursday in
a stark illustration of how the outbreak has pivoted toward Europe and the
United States.
Italy, with a population of 60 million, recorded at least 3,405 deaths, or
roughly 150 more than in China – a country with a population over 20 times
larger.
The cumulative positive cases reached 41,035 according to new data released
by the Civil Protection Department.
A lockdown imposed on 12 March in Italy has been extended beyond the
original 25 March end date. Nearly all Italians have been told to stay at
home.

World Newsletter
20 March 2020
PHILIPPINES NEWS

NATIONAL GOVERNMENT CALLS THE SHOTS IN A CRISIS, NOT LGUS — DUTERTE

MANILA — President Rodrigo Duterte in a public address on early Friday
morning asserted the authority of the national government over local
government units in times of crisis.
In his address, the president appealed to local government units to abide by
the directives set by the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) for the Management
of Emerging Infectious Diseases.
Though he did not mention any names, Duterte also warned that noncompliance
on the part of local government officials could lead to administrative and
even criminal cases filed against erring officials.
"We are in a critical time [and] the national government needs your help
during this time. Do not make this quarantine more difficult for our people
than it already is," the chief executive said.
"You are setting your own standards and making this lockdown more difficult
for all," he added.

World Newsletter
19 MARCH 2020
CHINA NEWS

XI CALLS FOR COOPERATION IN VIRUS FIGHT

China will strengthen international cooperation on novel coronavirus epidemic control and continue to provide assistance within its ability to countries affected by the epidemic, Xi Jinping, general secretary of the Communist Party of China Central Committee, said on Wednesday.

Xi made the remark when presiding over the meeting of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee in which members analyzed the epidemic situation at home and abroad and its challenge to economic development.

Given that the epidemic is spreading across the world, Xi said that China should work closely with the World Health Organization, intensify analysis and prediction on global epidemic development, improve measures for dealing with the risk of imported infections and strengthen exchanges and cooperation with other countries.

Globally, the pandemic had caused 194,029 cases of infection as of Wednesday, according to the WHO.

World Newsletter
19 MARCH 2020
PHILIPPINES NEWS

CHINA REPORTS ZERO NEW DOMESTIC VIRUS CASES FOR 1ST TIME

BEIJING - China on Thursday marked a major milestone in its battle against
the coronavirus pandemic as it recorded zero domestic infections for the
first time since the outbreak emerged, but a spike in imported cases
threatened its progress.
The stark reversal comes as nations across the world have shut down in a
desperate effort to contain the pandemic, with more people now infected and
having died abroad than in China.
There were no new cases in Wuhan -- the central city where the virus first
emerged in December -- for the first time since authorities started
publishing figures in January, according to the National Health Commission.
Wuhan and its 11 million people were placed under strict quarantine on Jan.