The death toll from a storm that devastated the Philippines shortly after Christmas rises to 126.
Two Chinese consulate staff are killed and a consul general injured after a gunman opened fire on a restaurant in the city of Cebu, the "second city" of the Philippines. Various reports named the gunman as Chinese national Li Qingliang.
China completes the construction of two lighthouses on the disputed Spratly Islands in the South China Sea according to Chinese state media. The U.S. and the Philippines have opposed the construction efforts.
The Google Maps website removes the Chinese name for the Scarborough Shoal bitterly disputed by China and the Philippines from its maps service, following an outcry from Filipinos. [http:--economictimes.indiatimes.com-news-international-world-news-google-removes-chinese-name-for-south-china-sea-shoal-on-map-after-philippine-furore-articleshow-48064190.cms (The Economic Times)]date=August 2019