MANILA, Philippines — The world should look at China’s rise as “an opportunity rather than a threat,” House Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo has insisted despite criticisms that infrastructure loan deals between the Philippines and China would be “detrimental” to the country.
“… China’s effort in opening up has really been a boost for the economies of the world, especially the developing economies. The world should look at China’s rise as an opportunity rather than a threat,” the former President told reporters Thursday when she attended the Boao Forum for Asia (BFA) Annual Conference in Hainan, China.
She is a member of the Board of BFA, which gathers together leaders in government, business, and academic institutions throughout Asia to share their thoughts on the most pressing issues in the region and the world.
The Pampanga congresswoman said China “is a market, a donor and a provider of capital and technology” for developing countries.
“You know, when China was beginning to develop, about six years into its transformation, I was undersecretary of trade and industry, and we were looking at this economic dragon that was rising in Asia, and we were wondering when China would become a competitor in the world,” Arroyo recounted.
“Little did we know that China is in a class of its own, and now, 40 years later under the presidency of Xi Jinping, it has become a partner in development. China, for us in the developing countries, is a market, a donor and a provider of capital and technology,” she continued.
The Philippines, she pointed out, has become China’s “no. 1 trading partner.”
“As a market for instance, it has become the Philippines’ number one trading partner. So we have been able to benefit a lot by selling goods to China. Agricultural products for instance, if you eat a banana, it’s probably from the Philippines. So it’s been a very big market for the Philippines,” she said.
The lawmaker also mentioned that China has been a “major source of assistance to some of the Philippines’ major infrastructure projects,” as well as a “major market for Filipino-Chinese businessmen.”
Severe Weather Bulletin #1 for Tropical Depression “Jenny”
SEVERE WEATHER BULLETIN #01
FOR: TROPICAL DEPRESSION “#JennyPH”
TROPICAL CYCLONE: WARNING
ISSUED AT 5:00 PM, 26 August 2019
(Valid for broadcast until the next bulletin to be issued at 11 PM today)
THE LOW PRESSURE EAST OF VIRAC, CATANDUANES HAS DEVELOPED INTO TROPICAL DEPRESSION AND WAS NAMED “JENNY”.
•Between today and tomorrow (27 August) afternoon, “JENNY” will bring light to moderate rains with intermittent heavy rains over Caraga, Eastern Visayas, and Bicol Region.
•Between tomorrow afternoon and Wednesday (28 August) afternoon, moderate to heavy rains may prevail over Cagayan, Isabela, Nueva Vizcaya, Quirino, northern Aurora, Kalinga, Abra, Mountain Province, Ifugao, Benguet, Ilocos Sur, and La Union. Light to moderate with intermittent heavy rains over Metro Manila, CALABARZON, MIMAROPA, Bicol Region, Western Visayas, Central Visayas, Zamboanga Peninsula, and the rest of Ilocos Region, Cordillera Administrative Region, Cagayan Valley, and Central Luzon.
•Residents in the aforementioned areas, especially those living in areas identified to be highly or very highly susceptible to floods and rain-induced landslides, are advised to take precautionary measures, coordinate with local disaster risk reduction and management offices, and continue monitoring for updates, especially the Thunderstorm Advisories and Heavy Rainfall Warnings to be issued by PAGASA Regional Services Divisions.
•Tropical Cyclone Wind Signal (TCWS) #1 may be raised over Ilocos Norte, Babuyan Islands, and the rest of Pangasinan in the next Severe Weather Bulletin.
•Sea travel is risky over the seaboards of areas under TCWS due to potentially rough sea conditions.
Location of eye/center At 4:00 PM today, the center of Tropical Depression “JENNY” was estimated based on all available data at 670 km East of Virac, Catanduanes(14.2°N, 130.4°E).
Strength: Maximum winds of up to 45 km/h near the center and gustiness of up to 55 km/h.
Movement: Moving Northwest at 25 km/h.
•24 Hour(Tomorrow afternoon): 370 km East of Baler, Aurora(15.8°N, 125.0°E)
•48 Hour(Wednesday afternoon):160 km West of Sinait, Ilocos Sur(17.3°N, 118.9°E)
•72 Hour(Thursday afternoon): 455 km West of Laoag City, Ilocos Norte (OUTSIDE PAR)(18.6°N, 116.3°E)
•96 Hour(Friday afternoon):935 km West Northwest of Laoag City, Ilocos Norte (OUTSIDE PAR)(20.0°N, 111.9°E)
•120 Hour(Saturday afternoon):1,145 km West of Basco, Batanes (OUTSIDE PAR)(21.4°N, 111.0°E)
TROPICAL CYCLONE WIND SIGNAL
TCWS#1 (30-60 km/h Expected in 36 hours)
Cagayan, Isabela, Quirino, Nueva Vizcaya, Apayao, Abra, Kalinga, Mountain Province, Ifugao, Benguet, Aurora, Nueva Ecija, eastern portion of Pangasinan, northern portion of Quezon including Polillo Island, and Catanduanes
The public and the disaster risk reduction and management council concerned are advised to take appropriate actions and watch for the next Severe Weather Bulletin to be issued at 11 PM today.
Chinese survey ship spotted in PH exclusive economic zone
MANILA – A Chinese survey ship that was seen earlier this month sailing east of the Philippines was spotted once again inside the Philippine exclusive economic zone (EEZ), maritime experts have confirmed.
Chinese oceanographic survey ship “Zhangjian” entered the Philippines’ EEZ, said Ryan Martinson, Assistant Professor of the Chinese Maritime Studies Institute at the US Naval War College who posted the ship’s position on Twitter.
— Ryan Martinson (@rdmartinson88) August 21, 2019
Professor Jay Batongbacal, Director of the UP Institute for Maritime Affairs and Law of the Sea, and Jess Floren of the Karagatan Patrol confirmed the ship’s presence in the country’s EEZ.
The survey ship Zhangjian was tracked making grid-like, back-and-forth movements in the Philippine Sea for days, a movement the experts suggest was indicative of scientific exploration.
The grid-like maneuvers, however, took place just outside the Philippines’ EEZ, which is not violative of Philippine maritime rights ABS-CBN News reports.
New low pressure area enters PAR
MANILA—A new low-pressure area (LPA) entered the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR) Monday night, state weather bureau PAGASA said.
The weather disturbance was spotted 975 kilometers east of Catarman, Northern Samar and is moving in a northwest direction, weather specialist Ariel Rojas said.
The LPA has a slim chance of developing into a tropical cyclone, but will bring rains over the eastern part of the country, he added.
The LPA’s trough or extension will bring cloudy skies with scattered rain showers and thunderstorms over Bicol Region, Eastern Visayas, Dinagat Islands, Surigao del Norte and Surigao del Sur.
Meanwhile, the southwest monsoon or habagat, which continues to prevail over the western section of northern Luzon, will bring isolated rain showers over Batanes and Babuyan Group of Islands.
Metro Manila and the rest of the country will have partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rain showers due to localized thunderstorms. (Source: ABS-CBN News)