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CHINA URGES U.S. TO RESPECT CORE INTERESTS


China hopes the United States will scale back activities that may cause misunderstandings, and respect China's core interests, a senior Chinese naval commander has said. Both countries have blamed the other for dangerous moves after a number of recent incidents that saw Chinese and US aircraft and ships facing off in the air and waters around Asia. Photo: The Straits Times China hopes the United States will scale back activities that may cause misunderstandings, and respect China’s core interests, a senior Chinese naval commander has said. Both countries have blamed the other for dangerous moves after a number of recent incidents that saw Chinese and US aircraft and ships facing off in the air and waters around Asia. Last year, the Pentagon claimed a Chinese jet fighter flew as close as 7 to 10 meters to a US Navy patrol jet and performed a barrel roll over the plane. The Pacific is an important platform for cooperation, Admiral Sun Jianguo, deputy chief of staff of the People’s Liberation Army, told Admiral Harry Harris, commander of the US Pacific Command. “The prerequisite for win-win cooperation is mutual trust,” Sun said, according to China’s Defense Ministry. “(We) hope the US side will pay great attention to China’s concerns, earnestly respect our core interests, avoid words and actions that harm bilateral ties, and reduce activities that could cause misunderstandings or misjudgments,” he added. The admirals spoke in Hawaii on Thursday on the sidelines of a gathering of Asia-Pacific defense officials. READ MORE...

ALSO: PH at UN dares China to put words to action


Addressing the 70th session of the United Nations General Assembly, Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario on Friday took China to task anew over the South China Sea dispute, expressing the over the South China Sea dispute, expressing the Philippines’ hope the rule of law would prevail in the peaceful settlement of the dispute. INQUIRER FILE Del Rosario, in the session “The United Nations at 70: The Road Ahead for Peace, Security and Human Rights,” challenged China to act in accordance with its own declarations to lower tensions in the South China Sea. “On our dispute with China, a long-time partner and neighbor, we also hope that we will finally see actions that are consistent with Beijing’s declarations so that genuine efforts to lower tensions in the South China Sea can succeed and the peaceful settlement of disputes can be obtained,” he said. The Philippines in several fora slammed China’s “salami slicing and cabbage strategy” in enforcing its sweeping claims in the South China Sea, parts of which are claimed by the Philippines, Vietnam, Taiwan, Malaysia and Brunei. Del Rosario thanked the world leaders for the growing support from the international community for the peaceful resolution of the disputes in the South China Sea, which include the Philippines’ pending arbitration case. “The Philippines believes the final outcome of this arbitration process would pave the way for a settlement of the maritime disputes. “International law serves as the great equalizer among states, allowing small countries to stand on an equal footing with wealthier, more powerful states,” Del Rosario said. The Philippines has invoked the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea in challenging China’s claims and its reclamation work in the disputed sea. On other issues, the foreign affairs chief said the Philippines would do its best to achieve the UN’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, focusing on poverty reduction and social inclusion. Del Rosario also said the Philippines would continue to play an active role in tackling the issues of climate change, resiliency and disaster risk reduction and management. READ MORE...

ALSO: US expects China, Philippines to abide by UN ruling
[Kerry on sea row: Rights of all claimants must be respected]


US Secretary of State John Kerry, in a separate meeting with ASEAN foreign ministers over the weekend, underscored the need for countries to respect the rights of one another. AP/Peter Parks, Pool WASHINGTON – Should a UN tribunal rule it has jurisdiction over a case brought by the Philippines against China’s nine-dash claim over the South China Sea, any arbitral decision the court makes would be binding to both countries, US Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs Daniel Russel said.
As a matter of international law the United States and the international community expect both countries to honor their treaty obligations, he said. US Secretary of State John Kerry, in a separate meeting with ASEAN foreign ministers over the weekend, underscored the need for countries to respect the rights of one another. “The US will not accept restrictions on freedom of navigation and overflight or on other lawful uses of the sea. It doesn’t matter if the vessel is a large warship or a tiny little fishing boat. The principle must be very clear – the rights of all nations must be respected,“ Kerry told the ASEAN foreign ministers. Russel said Chinese President Xi Jinping made an “important commitment” during his state visit to Washington last week when he said China was committed to peaceful and diplomatic resolutions of problems. At a news briefing in New York before the weekend where he is attending the UN General Assembly, Russel said the US takes no position on the merits of any country’s claims to disputed areas in the South China Sea and strongly believes that all claims by all claimants should be made in ways fully consistent with international law, including and particularly the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS). READ MORE...

ALSO: OBAMA AIRS CONCERN ON CHINA SEA ROW AT THE U.N.
[Three days after calling out China over its land reclamation and militarization of disputed areas in the South China Sea, US President Barack Obama voiced his concern yet again before the United Nations and urged a resolution of the problem “through international law, not the law of force.”]


SEPTEMBER 29 -OBAMA AT THE U.N. --In his speech at the UN General Assembly in New York, US President Barack Obama spoke of the many challenges facing the world, including the Islamic State (IS) which emerged out of the chaos of Iraq and the Syrian civil war, Russia’s annexation of Crimea and the South China Sea. AP file photo WASHINGTON – Three days after calling out China over its land reclamation and militarization of disputed areas in the South China Sea, US President Barack Obama voiced his concern yet again before the United Nations and urged a resolution of the problem “through international law, not the law of force.”  The United States does not adjudicate claims, he said, but has an interest in upholding the basic principles of freedom of navigation and free flow of commerce and will defend these principles while encouraging China and other claimants to resolve their differences peacefully. In his speech at the UN General Assembly in New York, Obama spoke of the many challenges facing the world, including the Islamic State (IS) which emerged out of the chaos of Iraq and the Syrian civil war, Russia’s annexation of Crimea and the South China Sea. “As President of the United States, I am mindful of the dangers that we face; they cross my desk every morning. I lead the strongest military that the world has ever known, and I will never hesitate to protect my country or our allies, unilaterally and by force where necessary,” he said. Chinese President Xi Jinping, who had talks with Obama at the White House on Friday while on a state visit to the US, noticeably did not mention China’s sovereignty over the South China Sea in his own UN speech. READ MORE...

ALSO: ‘Heneral Luna’ reaches P200M mark on its fourth week
[Heneral Luna has been selected as the Philippines’ Official Entry to 2016 Oscars in the Best Foreign Language Film Category.]


Photo courtesy of Heneral Luna Facebook account Photo courtesy of Heneral Luna Facebook account
Historical movie Heneral Luna has reached the P200 million mark on its fourth week in theaters.
In its official Facebook page, Heneral Luna’s executive producer Fernando Ortigas and screenwriter-producer Eduardo A. Rocha thanked their supporters for reaching the P200 million earnings. However, it needs to earn P40 million more to reach the true break-even point of P240 million. “We have now officially crossed the Php 200 million mark for HENERAL LUNA! We can’t thank you all enough for making it possible for the film to reach this new milestone.” READ MORE...


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China urges US to respect core interests

MANILA, OCTOBER 5, 2015
(INQUIRER) @inquirerdotnet China Daily/Asia News Network 02:46 PM October 4th, 2015

China hopes the United States will scale back activities that may cause misunderstandings, and respect China's core interests, a senior Chinese naval commander has said. Photo: The Straits Times

China hopes the United States will scale back activities that may cause misunderstandings, and respect China’s core interests, a senior Chinese naval commander has said.

Both countries have blamed the other for dangerous moves after a number of recent incidents that saw Chinese and US aircraft and ships facing off in the air and waters around Asia.

Last year, the Pentagon claimed a Chinese jet fighter flew as close as 7 to 10 meters to a US Navy patrol jet and performed a barrel roll over the plane.

The Pacific is an important platform for cooperation, Admiral Sun Jianguo, deputy chief of staff of the People’s Liberation Army, told Admiral Harry Harris, commander of the US Pacific Command.

“The prerequisite for win-win cooperation is mutual trust,” Sun said, according to China’s Defense Ministry.

“(We) hope the US side will pay great attention to China’s concerns, earnestly respect our core interests, avoid words and actions that harm bilateral ties, and reduce activities that could cause misunderstandings or misjudgments,” he added.

The admirals spoke in Hawaii on Thursday on the sidelines of a gathering of Asia-Pacific defense officials.

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The comments came as one of the US Navy’s most advanced aircraft carriers docked in Japan at the start of a deployment that will strengthen the capability of the 7th Fleet in Asia and boost ties between the US and its closest regional ally.

Last week, the US announced pacts with China aimed at reducing the chances of an accidental flare-up between the two militaries, related to a military hotline and rules governing airborne encounters.

China has expressed deep concerns about frequent close surveillance conducted by US military vessels and planes off her coast, and has also expressed disappointment at comments made by US military officials that may have emboldened certain countries in the region to take a more confrontational attitude in maritime territorial disputes in the East and South China seas.

The PLA Navy has already accepted an invitation to participate in the 2016 Rim of the Pacific naval exercise, which it participated in last year for the first time.

Sun believes the consensus reached during President Xi Jinping’s recent state visit to the US has given new momentum to the military-to-military relationship.

He called on the two militaries to seize the opportunity to expand cooperation and build a new type of sustainable military-to-military relationship based on mutual trust, cooperation and lack of conflict.

Harris, quoted by China’s Ministry of National Defense, praised the development of the military-to-military ties between China and the US. He said the annex on confidencebuilding reached by the two sides during Xi’s visit will further push forward the relationship and play an active role in promoting peace and stability in the Asia-Pacific region.


INQUIRER

PH at UN dares China to put words to action By: Niña P. Calleja @inquirerdotnet Philippine Daily Inquirer 02:02 PM October 4th, 2015


Addressing the 70th session of the United Nations General Assembly, Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario on Friday took China to task anew over the South China Sea dispute, expressing the Philippines’ hope the rule of law would prevail in the peaceful settlement of the dispute. INQUIRER FILE

Del Rosario, in the session “The United Nations at 70: The Road Ahead for Peace, Security and Human Rights,” challenged China to act in accordance with its own declarations to lower tensions in the South China Sea.

“On our dispute with China, a long-time partner and neighbor, we also hope that we will finally see actions that are consistent with Beijing’s declarations so that genuine efforts to lower tensions in the South China Sea can succeed and the peaceful settlement of disputes can be obtained,” he said.

The Philippines in several fora slammed China’s “salami slicing and cabbage strategy” in enforcing its sweeping claims in the South China Sea, parts of which are claimed by the Philippines, Vietnam, Taiwan, Malaysia and Brunei.

Del Rosario thanked the world leaders for the growing support from the international community for the peaceful resolution of the disputes in the South China Sea, which include the Philippines’ pending arbitration case.

“The Philippines believes the final outcome of this arbitration process would pave the way for a settlement of the maritime disputes.

“International law serves as the great equalizer among states, allowing small countries to stand on an equal footing with wealthier, more powerful states,” Del Rosario said.

The Philippines has invoked the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea in challenging China’s claims and its reclamation work in the disputed sea.

On other issues, the foreign affairs chief said the Philippines would do its best to achieve the UN’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, focusing on poverty reduction and social inclusion.

Del Rosario also said the Philippines would continue to play an active role in tackling the issues of climate change, resiliency and disaster risk reduction and management.

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The Philippines is currently the president of the Climate Vulnerable Forum and intends to push for a meaningful outcome in the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change 21st session of the Conference of Parties in Paris.

The Philippines would also continue to highlight the positive contributions of migrants to sustainable development in countries of origin, transit and destination, Del Rosario said.

“We deeply appreciate the United Nation’s recognition of the Philippines as a model of migration governance because of its comprehensiveness in terms of managed deployment, solid protection component, diaspora engagement and reintegration. Both the United Nations and the Philippines believe that migration governance is really about giving migrants a “human face,” he said.

Originally posted at 04:42 am | Sunday, October 4, 2015


PHILSTAR

Obama airs concern on sea row at UN


In his speech at the UN General Assembly in New York, US President Barack Obama spoke of the many challenges facing the world, including the Islamic State (IS) which emerged out of the chaos of Iraq and the Syrian civil war, Russia’s annexation of Crimea and the South China Sea. AP file photo

WASHINGTON - Three days after calling out China over its land reclamation and militarization of disputed areas in the South China Sea, US President Barack Obama voiced his concern yet again before the United Nations and urged a resolution of the problem “through international law, not the law of force.”

The United States does not adjudicate claims, he said, but has an interest in upholding the basic principles of freedom of navigation and free flow of commerce and will defend these principles while encouraging China and other claimants to resolve their differences peacefully.

In his speech at the UN General Assembly in New York, Obama spoke of the many challenges facing the world, including the Islamic State (IS) which emerged out of the chaos of Iraq and the Syrian civil war, Russia’s annexation of Crimea and the South China Sea.

“As President of the United States, I am mindful of the dangers that we face; they cross my desk every morning. I lead the strongest military that the world has ever known, and I will never hesitate to protect my country or our allies, unilaterally and by force where necessary,” he said.

Chinese President Xi Jinping, who had talks with Obama at the White House on Friday while on a state visit to the US, noticeably did not mention China’s sovereignty over the South China Sea in his own UN speech.

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In what was seen as an oblique attempt to assuage the fears of neighbors about China’s rising military might, Xi said no matter how strong China became it will “never pursue hegemony, expansion or spheres of influence.”

All nations “big, strong and rich should not bully the small, weak and poor,” he said.

He said his vision of a new world order called for countries to seek “partnerships rather than alliances.”

Last Friday Xi told Obama that islands in the South China Sea have been Chinese territory “since ancient times” and that China has the right to uphold its own territorial sovereignty and lawful legitimate maritime rights and interests.


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US expects China, Philippines to abide by UN ruling By Jose Katigbak (The Philippine Star) | Updated October 4, 2015 - 12:00am 7 665 googleplus0 1


US Secretary of State John Kerry, in a separate meeting with ASEAN foreign ministers over the weekend, underscored the need for countries to respect the rights of one another. AP/Peter Parks, Pool

Kerry on sea row: Rights of all claimants must be respected

WASHINGTON – Should a UN tribunal rule it has jurisdiction over a case brought by the Philippines against China’s nine-dash claim over the South China Sea, any arbitral decision the court makes would be binding to both countries, US Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs Daniel Russel said.

As a matter of international law the United States and the international community expect both countries to honor their treaty obligations, he said.

US Secretary of State John Kerry, in a separate meeting with ASEAN foreign ministers over the weekend, underscored the need for countries to respect the rights of one another.

“The US will not accept restrictions on freedom of navigation and overflight or on other lawful uses of the sea. It doesn’t matter if the vessel is a large warship or a tiny little fishing boat. The principle must be very clear – the rights of all nations must be respected,“ Kerry told the ASEAN foreign ministers.

Russel said Chinese President Xi Jinping made an “important commitment” during his state visit to Washington last week when he said China was committed to peaceful and diplomatic resolutions of problems.

At a news briefing in New York before the weekend where he is attending the UN General Assembly, Russel said the US takes no position on the merits of any country’s claims to disputed areas in the South China Sea and strongly believes that all claims by all claimants should be made in ways fully consistent with international law, including and particularly the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS).

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The Philippines is contesting before the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague, the validity of China’s claim to most of the South China Sea, including the West Philippine Sea.

Experts are closely watching the outcome of the case which, regardless of the decision, would be consequential to other countries with overlapping claims.

Russel said another important statement made by Xi at a joint White House press conference with President Barack Obama last week was that China had no intention of militarizing islands or outposts in the Spratlys archipelago.

“That I believe, offered reassurance and encouragement to China’s neighbors, none of whom want to see a continuation of Chinese large-scale construction on these outposts, let alone the deployment of military assets,” he said.

The US will be discussing in detail with the Chinese “steps that they are taking and will take to ensure that they are in no way militarizing the land features that they have built by dredging sand from the South China Sea,” Russel added.

No to ‘incendiary rhetoric’ In his message to ASEAN, meanwhile, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged all parties in the South China Sea dispute “to increase transparency and predictability of their actions, open lines of communication, and avoid incendiary rhetoric.”

Ban delivered his message on Sept. 29 on the sidelines of the 70th session of the UN general assembly in New York. He also called on claimants to “exercise utmost restraint and to resolve their disputes in a peaceful manner.”

Ban said his meeting with ASEAN foreign ministers took place at a “critical time in world history” when the world body turns 70 years old, and as global leaders have just adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, as well as the ASEAN Community Vision 2025.

“These agendas are complementary and share common goals,” he said. “ASEAN should have a stronger ownership of the Sustainable Development Goals.”

Kerry, for his part, said that being a Pacific nation, the US is committed to partnership with ASEAN.

“The future of ASEAN and the US are intertwined and the US will continue to support the ASEAN community, especially through the ASEAN economic community, in order to sustain the prosperity of the region,” Kerry added.

Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario, meanwhile, urged the UN and the international community to continue supporting the country’s peaceful initiatives to resolve the maritime dispute over the West Philippine Sea.

“With the growing support from the international community in peacefully resolving disputes in the South China Sea/West Philippine Sea, including through arbitration, the Philippines is hopeful that the final outcome of the arbitration process would pave the way for a settlement of maritime disputes,” Del Rosario said.

He also reiterated the Philippines’ call on the UN and the international community to support the full and effective implementation of the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the South China Sea and the expeditious conclusion of a binding Code of Conduct. Pia Lee-Brago


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‘Heneral Luna’ reaches P200M mark on its fourth week by MB Online October 4, 2015 (updated) Share2 Tweet49 Share0 Email0 Share80


Photo courtesy of Heneral Luna Facebook account Photo courtesy of Heneral Luna Facebook account

Historical movie Heneral Luna has reached the P200 million mark on its fourth week in theaters.

In its official Facebook page, Heneral Luna’s executive producer Fernando Ortigas and screenwriter-producer Eduardo A. Rocha thanked their supporters for reaching the P200 million earnings.

However, it needs to earn P40 million more to reach the true break-even point of P240 million.

“We have now officially crossed the Php 200 million mark for HENERAL LUNA! We can’t thank you all enough for making it possible for the film to reach this new milestone.”

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“Of course, while our true break-even point is still at Php 240M, it doesn’t diminish one bit our ability to appreciate everyone’s ongoing patronage and support–beginning with those who called into theaters to bring it back, to moviegoers being vigilant about anti-piracy, to teachers requiring their students to watch it, to students bringing their families to see it, to journalists talking about it on TV and radio or writing about it in their columns, to everyone on social media who can’t stop posting about it, and finally to the Juans and Juanas out there who keep talking about it to their “barkada” or “kapitbahay”—sa atin pong lahat ang pelikulang ito.”

Heneral Luna has been selected as the Philippines’ Official Entry to 2016 Oscars in the Best Foreign Language Film Category.


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