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Boosting ties between Korea, Philippines

Boosting ties between Korea, Philippines

My wife and I recently travelled to the municipality of Concepcion, Iloilo, Philippines, as part of the delegation of the Korea Heritage Society from Dec. 4 to Dec 10. The KHS was led by its chairman Choi Ha-kyung and advisory council members, at the invitation of Milliard S. Villanueva, the mayor of Concepcion.  Our visit […]

Populism in Philippine Politics

Populism in Philippine Politics

Understanding populism  The term populism is used in politics and elections to refer to the idea that there are two groups in society that are always in conflict – the “common people” and the “elites or the rich”. Cas Mudde, author of Populism: A Very Short Introduction makes this distinction. Most often, the political leaders will always publicly […]

To jointly create a golden age of China-Philippines relations

To jointly create a golden age of China-Philippines relations

As neighbors separated by only a strip of water, China and the Philippines enjoy a long history of traditional friendship. With the wise decisions and under the correct leadership of the two countries, China and the Philippines have realized a comprehensive turnaround in bilateral relations, and have continuously consolidated, deepened, and moved which to a […]

China, Philippines jointly draw new blue print for friendly cooperation

China, Philippines jointly draw new blue print for friendly cooperation

The Philippines and China have kept close friendly relationship, Joseph Estrada, former President of the Philippines and current mayor of Manila City, told People’s Daily in an interview, noting that Chinese President Xi Jinping’s visit to the Philippines will further deepen the pragmatic cooperation between the two countries in various fields and enhance bilateral friendship. […]

CIIE reiterates China’s strong support for trade liberalization

CIIE reiterates China’s strong support for trade liberalization

Bangkok (People’s Daily) – As the second most populated country in Southeast Asia, the Philippines is searching for more trade opportunities with China in the upcoming China International Import Expo (CIIE) in Shanghai this year, said Ramon Lopez, Philippine secretary of trade and industry, on Thursday. Lopez said that the CIIE is a major international event […]

Philippines full of attractions for Koreans

Philippines full of attractions for Koreans

As Southeast Asian countries are currently emerging as the darlings for Koreans’ vacation destinations, they are keen on promoting their sightseeing spots. However, Maria Apo, director of the Philippine Department of Tourism-Korea, stresses that her country is ahead of its neighbors thanks to a number of specialties appealing to Korean travelers. “Our first main advantage is […]

South Korea: racist book about Filipinas banned

South Korea: racist book about Filipinas banned

Major book retailers have stopped selling an “obscene and racist” book about Filipinas. Online retailers, including Aladin, Yes24 and Bandi & Lunis, have removed the e-book, “How to Treat Bar Hostesses in the Philippines.” This move came after a tweet about the book was widely spread earlier this month. Many people have taken issue with […]

Interview with Philippines’ beloved reporter, Ramon Tulfo

Interview with Philippines’ beloved reporter, Ramon Tulfo

Ramon Tulfo (70) is one of the most well-known and respected journalists in the Philippines. He was the first of four children born to his independence-fighter father and Japanese mother. Tulfo currently works with renowned media outlet The Inquirer as a columnist and runs the regular radio channel ‘DWIZ 882 AM’. Inside Tulfo’s office, one […]

US experts: bilateral negotiation better way to settle South China Sea disputes

US experts: bilateral negotiation better way to settle South China Sea disputes

(Liao Zhengjun, Zhang Penghui of People’s Daily) – The South China Sea arbitration unilaterally initiated by the Philippines was a weak substitute for realistic but honest foreign policy, and the US should have urged the Philippines to return to a diplomatic resolution, an American expert on foreign policy said. Abraham Sofaer, George P. Shultz Senior […]

China insists on settling its disputes with the Philippines through bilateral negotiation

China insists on settling its disputes with the Philippines through bilateral negotiation

BEIJING, June 9 (People’s Daily, Chen Shangwen) The Chinese Foreign Ministry on Wednesday issued a statement on settling disputes between China and the Philippines in the South China Sea through bilateral negotiation. The latest statement stressed that it is the common agreement and commitment of China and the Philippines to settle their relevant disputes in […]

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