Philippines says China fired water cannon on its vessel

Philippine Coast Guard BRP Melchora Aquino (MRRV-9702) patrol ship (L) and US Coast Guard Cutter Stratton (WMSL-752) patrol ship (R) maneuver during a search and rescue exercise in the South China Sea, Philippines, 06 June 2023. EFE/EPA/FILE/FRANCIS R. MALASIG

Manila, Nov 10 (EFE).- The Philippines accused China on Friday of firing a water cannon at a ship carrying supplies to a detachment of Filipino soldiers in the disputed waters in the South China Sea. A Chinese Coast Guard (CCG) vessel “deployed a water cannon against Philippine supply vessel M/L Kalayaan in an illegal, though … Read more

China accuses US of ‘instigating’ Philippines to ‘provoke’ Beijing

A handout frame grab photo from a video made available by the Philippine'Äôs Armed Forces shows a Chinese coast guard ship with bow number 5203 after bumping a Philippine's Armed Forces supply boat as they approach Second Thomas Shoal, locally called Ayungin Shoal, at the disputed South China Sea on 22 October 2023. EFE-EPA/PHILIPPINE'S ARMED FORCES / HANDOUT BEST QUALITY AVAILABLE HANDOUT EDITORIAL USE ONLY/NO SALES HANDOUT EDITORIAL USE ONLY/NO SALES

Beijing, Oct 23 (EFE).- China on Monday accused the United States of instigating the Philippines to “violate” its sovereignty with actions it said contributed to the recent escalation of tensions, aggravated by two collisions between Chinese and Philippine vessels in disputed South China Sea waters. Beijing said the Philippines’ “provocations” in Ayungin Atoll (known as … Read more

Putin praises Belt and Road, highlights coordination with China

Chinese President Xi Jinping (L) and Russian President Vladimir Putin shake hands during the opening ceremony of the Third Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation in Beijing, China, 18 October 2023. EFE-EPA/ANDRES MARTINEZ CASARES

Beijing, Oct 18 (EFE).- Russian President Vladimir Putin praised Wednesday in Beijing the Chinese initiative of the New Silk Roads, and highlighted the importance of “coordinating with China” on issues such as logistics and connectivity. “We have repeated that Russia and China share an aspiration, which is a beneficial cooperation that respects the cultural diversity … Read more

North Korea welcomes Chinese delegation at war anniversary

A handout photo made available by the Russian Defence Ministry shows Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu (3-L) attending a meeting with North Korea's Defence Minister General Kang Sun-nam (3-R) in Pyongyang, North Korea, 26 July 2023. EFE-EPA/RUSSIAN DEFENCE MINISTRY PRESS SERVICE / HANDOUT --MANDATORY CREDIT-- HANDOUT EDITORIAL USE ONLY/NO SALES

Seoul, July 27 (EF).- North Korean authorities extended a warm welcome to a Chinese delegation invited to attend the events to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the end of the Korean War (1950-53), state media reported Thursday. The delegation led by Li Hongzhong, member of China’s Communist Party politburo, arrived Wednesday in Pyongyang, where they … Read more

Sanchez pitches Spain as ‘reliable’ partner at start of China trip

A handout photo of Spanish prime minister, Pedro Sánchez, speaks at the BFA's annual conference in Boao, Hainan Province, China, 30 March 2023. EFE/ Moncloa / Borja Puig de la Bellacasa -ONLY EDITORIAL USE/MANDATORY CREDIT

By Jose Miguel Blanco Boao, China, Mar 30 (EFE).- Spanish prime minister Pedro Sánchez put his nation forward as a “reliable” partner for China in trade, investment and conflict resolution at the Boao Forum in China’s Hainan province on Thursday. Sánchez’s intervention at the opening of the annual summit was the first engagement of his … Read more

Australia, China hold first formal defense meet since 2019

China's Ambassador to Australia Xiao Qian addresses the Australia-China Relations Institute, at the University of Technology Sydney, in Sydney, Australia, 24 June 2022. EFE/EPA/FILE/DAN HIMBRECHTS AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND OUT[AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND OUT]

Sydney, Australia, Mar 22 (EFE).- Defense officials from China and Australia met in Canberra on Wednesday, in what was the first official meeting between the two parties since 2019. The development comes at the height of Australia’s security alliance with the United States and the United Kingdom (AUKUS). The Chinese defense ministry said in a … Read more

Saudi investments in Iran could happen ‘quickly’ after deal to restore ties

Iranian newspapers reporting on the tripartite agreement between China, Iran and Saudi Arabia signed in Beijing the previous day, at a newsstand, in Tehran, Iran, 11 March 2023. EFE/EPA/ABEDIN TAHERKENAREH

Riyadh, Mar 15 (EFE).- Saudi investments in Iran could happen “very quickly” following a Chinese-brokered deal for the two foes to restore diplomatic ties, Saudi Arabia’s finance minister said Wednesday. The agreement struck in China on Friday paves the way for the two regional powerhouses of the Middle East to begin a process of normalizing … Read more

Beijing accuses US of undermining global peace, condemns AUKUS submarine deal

(L-R) Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese, US President Joe Biden and United Kingdom Prime Minister Rishi Sunak hold a press conference at the Naval Base Point Miramar in San Diego, California, USA, 13 March 2023. EFE/EPA/ETIENNE LAURENT

Washington/Beijing, Mar 14 (EFE).- China on Tuesday accused the United States, the United Kingdom and Australia of undermining global peace and stability, a day after the trio unveiled a plan to acquire and develop nuclear-powered submarines. The submarine deal is part of the AUKUS trilateral security pact, signed in September 2021 to counter Beijing’s growing … Read more

Xi: ‘China must work to achieve greater technological self-sufficiency’

Chinese President Xi Jinping speaks during the Closing Session of the National People's Congress (NPC) at the Great Hall of the People, in Beijing, China, 13 March 2023. EFE-EPA/MARK R. CRISTINO

Beijing (EFE).- Chinese President Xi Jinping said China “must work to achieve greater technological self-sufficiency” during a Monday speech at the closing of the National People’s Assembly, one of the country’s main political yearly events. “China must create a new development model,” said the president, who added that his country “must promote industrial transformation.” Xi … Read more