Reforms to the coal industry are central to Beijing’s climate campaign. The US and China had become critical partners on climate, crucially joining last year to endorse the Paris climate accord. In the face of US retrenchment on climate change, China can play a key role in implementing Paris.
Both Filipinos and foreign observers say that President Duterte, who has spurred controversy with his war on drugs, views climate change as a top national priority.
After South Korea's Lotte Group approved a land swap for the THAAD system this week, Chinese media threatened the South with boycotts and the cutting of diplomatic ties.
South Korea's foreign minister said the alleged use of chemical weapons by North Korea against Kim Jong Un's brother could be cause for suspending country's seat at the United Nations.
After special prosecutors were denied permission to extend their investigation and question the impeached president, opposition parties threatened to impeach the acting president, as well.
This latest development in Mr. Kim’s alleged assassination, which South Korean and US officials suspect of being directed by North Korea, is another reminder of the regime’s chemical weapons, often overshadowed by its nuclear program.
Sen. Leila de Lima, one of the most vocal critics of President Duterte and his anti-drug crackdown, has been charged by Department of Justice with receiving bribes from detained drug lords.
The murder of Kim Jong-nam is already having an impact on the North's relations with China and Malaysia, whose ties are crucial to the isolated regime.
Some analysts think that Kim Jong-nam's ties to either China or South Korea may have made him an unacceptable threat to the regime.
The older half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un was reportedly assassinated at Kuala Lumpur International Airport.
Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte angrily dressed down more than 200 police officers on national television, calling them 'rotten to the core.'
US Secretary of Defense James Mattis said he will back Japan's claims to islands also claimed by China. Will this be seen as a new signal of aggression by Trump administration toward China?