Stop Helping Philippines Marked China Paper To Beijing

The Global Times, in an editorial on July 19, said “there is no need to dole out generous aid” to the Philippines. “The cooperative project should be an opportunity for China to extend its advantage,” the paper, published by the Communist Party mouthpiece, the People’s Daily, said.

One of China’s top newspapers has urged Beijing to stop giving development aid to the Philippines, which it says “does not deserve too much attention from China.”

“Cooperation with the Philippines can still continue only if it benefits China,” the paper said. “But countries as fickle as the Philippines cannot become our strategic partner in a short period of time.”

Citing a Philippine dam project funded with a $112-million loan from China and inaugurated recently by President Aquino, it said: “The water supply project contract was signed in 2010.”

“If it were negotiated today, given the current situation surrounding Huangyan Island [Panatag or Scarborough Shoal in the West Philippine or South China Sea], the deal would likely not go through,” the paper said.

According to the Global Times, when President Benigno Aquino “attended the ceremony, where he expressed his gratitude to China [for funding a water project in Manila], the news sparked strong opposition back in China.”

The paper explained: “Some thought it was a free donation to Manila and questioned the logic behind it. The water supply project was built through the preferential buyer’s credit of the China Export-Import Bank. The Philippines borrowed from China to purchase construction products from a Chinese company, China International Water and Electric Corp. The $112 million is underwritten by the Philippine government.”

Suffer consequences

The Global Times wants China to punish the Philippines for daring to contest the ownership of Panatag Shoal. “Manila provoked the conflict and also suffered the consequences,” the paper said.

It claimed: “The Philippines grabbed a few islands in the South China Sea during the years when China’s naval power was weaker. It was a grim lesson for China. With its rising influence and time on its side, China can generally be sure of resolving the South China Sea issue at its own pace despite disruptions from the US.”

Earlier, the Global Times criticized the Philippines and Vietnam for their “attempt to grab islands and waters in the South China Sea, which don’t belong to them, by riding the back of the tiger,” an apparent reference to the United States.

In a report published on July 16, the paper said Manila and Hanoi “hope to get massive military assistance from the US, which the US can’t afford to provide.”

The report, titled “Clinton’s trip highlights weak points of US return to Asia,” noted that US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton “made a trip encircling China recently.”

“From Japan to Mongolia then to Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia, Clinton mainly focused on three things: Backing Japan, Vietnam and the Philippines in disputes with China over maritime territorial sovereignty; balancing China’s economic influence in Asia by enhancing trade and economic ties with Southeast Asian countries, and promoting support for democracy and human rights as the core of US Asian strategy while attacking China’s development model,” the report said.

It added: “The Obama administration’s strategy covers political and military fields, as well as trade and economy. But the strategy is gradually losing its edge.”

Pacman invites Obama on his Mosley Fight

BY: KRIS JOHN ENCOMIENDA

Congressman Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao, eight-division world champion goes to US for a multicity promotion tour of his next fight. He and his wife travelled the roads of Los Angeles, Las Vegas and New York City to visit the United States President Barack Obama at the White House.

Cong. Pacquiao and U.S. Pres. Obama

Cong. Pacquiao and U.S. Pres. Obama

Manny Pacquiao restrained all the people of Los Angeles, California, New York City and Washington D.C from their works whom waited hours and hours to see him. Fans of the boxer cheered and started yelling the name of the sports icon as he crosses along the streets up to entrance of the White House. All of the people were so busy and thrilled to take photos of the Boxing champ using their phones and camera lens during that time.

Sarangani’s Congressman had an exchange of talk with the US President Obama about basketball and of course boxing and some side talks of business and political matters. After that conversation, the two men took some pictures, on this moment the boxing champ said “this is an unforgettable experience in my life” (Manny); they doing boxing and different poses in the Oval office.

Pacquiao received grocery bags full of bags of blue M&M’s chocolates with the presidential seal and a watch also decked with the presidential seal from the World’s one of the most powerful men, President Obama.

the meeting

the meeting

Also one of the purposes of Manny going to the office of the President Obama is to invite him to watch personal on his upcoming battle against the American fighter Shane Mosley on May 7, 2011 at MGM Grand, Las Vegas. But the president answered this with an “NO” for the reason that he probably be doing so much that day, but then he promised to watch their fight on TV.

This remarkable day meeting of the two of the most influential people is made possible by Sen. Harry Reid, whom Pacquiao helped during his senatorial campaign.

Pacquiao is set to generate over a P600M, which will absolutely get higher based on the amount that will be earned from pay-per-views.

Pacquiao vs Mosley

Pacquiao vs Mosley

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Fil-Am Chef, First Lady teamup for White House dinner

White House Executive Chef Fil-American Cristeta Comerford and United States First Lady Michelle Obama worked very closely with each other over the past week to come up with the menu for Governors’ Dinner at the State Room of the White House on Sunday night.

Many of the nation’s governors were in Washington for the National Governors Association meeting and the Obama White House in a black tie state dinner.

There were 130 guests for the dinner and dancing with music performed by the Marine Corps Band and Earth Wind and Fire. [Read full article...]

GMA still dreaming of Obama

President Arroyo is still dreaming of meeting US President Barack Obama, and this Thursday, her wish may finally come true when she attends the 57th National Prayer Breakfast in Washington.

Malacañang has confirmed that President Arroyo will attend the National Prayer Breakfast, an annual event organized by congressional leaders in Washington every first Thursday of February.

The White House has confirmed that Obama will attend the prayer breakfast as one of the guest speakers.

Even before the US elections, Mrs. Arroyo had wanted to meet Obama when she visited the US on three occasions but never got the chance to do so.

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Arroyo congratulates, thanks Bush

President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo has sent a congratulatory letter to outgoing United States President George W. Bush and thanked him for maintaining close ties with the Philippines, Malacañang said.

Bush will relinquish his post to president-elect Barrack Obama on January 20, after eight years in office over which he increasingly came under fire for the US-led invasion of Iraq and a recession that has spread globally.

“President Arroyo has sent a letter of congratulations to President Bush for the very good relationship we had. Among others, it was mentioned, the support of the US government is providing the Philippines, in the economy, as well as in security,” Executive Secretary Eduardo Ermita said.

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Obama picks Leon Panetta as CIA head

WASHINGTON – US president-elect Barack Obama has chosen former White House chief of staff Leon Panetta to head the Central Intelligence Agency, a Democratic Party official told AFP Monday.

In turning to a political heavyweight with no direct background in intelligence, Obama appeared to be opting for someone who would bring fresh eyes and credibility to an agency battered by controversy over its conduct of the war on terrorism.

“Here is a guy who will be very credible with the Democrats in Congress and here’s someone who brings not only an outsider’s perspective but knows how the White House works,” said James Lewis, an intelligence expert at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

“He knows what presidents want and need. That’s a plus,” he said.

Panetta was former president Bill Clinton’s chief of staff from 1994 to 1997, following a 16-year career as a lawmaker from California.

Although his expertise in the House of Representatives and in the Clinton administration was in budgets and finance, observers say his political savvy and connections should make him a powerful CIA director.

His appointment will also help Obama reassure critics who worry that the leadership of the US intelligence community has been dominated in recent years by the US military.[Continue Reading...]