About POP!

POP! is INQUIRER.net’s premier pop culture channel, delivering the latest news in the realm of pop culture, internet culture, social issues, and everything fun, weird, and wired. It is also home to POP! Sessions and POP! Hangout,
OG online entertainment programs in the
Philippines (streaming since 2015).

As the go-to destination for all things ‘in the now’, POP! features and curates the best relevant content for its young audience. It is also a strong advocate of fairness and truth in storytelling.

POP! is operated by INQUIRER.net’s award-winning native advertising team, BrandRoom.

Contact Us

Email us at [email protected]


MRP Building, Mola Corner Pasong Tirad Streets, Brgy La Paz, Makati City

Girl in a jacket

Int’l news anchor’s sharp commentary on China’s claims in the West Philippine Sea wins PH internet

Journalists were known for their fearless pursuit of truth and unflinching delivery of unbiased news reports. While some are afraid to uphold this, a female news anchor from India did not even stutter in spilling the hot reality.

In a recent episode of “Vantage” on Firstpost, Palki Sharma, a journalist and news anchor, delivered a cutting analysis of China’s territorial claims in the West Philippine Sea, capturing widespread attention and acclaim.

Related: INQUIRER.net’s comprehensive coverage on the West Philippine Sea

Sharma’s incisive commentary included a particularly memorable critique of China’s “nine-dash line” map, which she likened to “a child emperor’s drawing, who could not draw straight lines yet.” This vivid metaphor not only underscored the absurdity of Beijing’s assertions but also resonated powerfully with viewers, earning praise for its clarity and wit.

Of course, people have quickly flocked to X (formerly Twitter) with their applause for Sharma’s ways of delivering the news.

Sharma’s report comes in the wake of increased Chinese aggression in the disputed region. Her coverage detailed incidents where Chinese coast guard ships attacked Philippine vessels with water cannons, including a recent event where these attacks disrupted a resupply mission to the Scarborough Shoal. This area, which China seized from the Philippines in 2012, remains a hotbed of tension as Beijing continues to enforce its claims despite international rulings rejecting them.

In another notable incident covered by Sharma, a Chinese ship collided with a Philippine vessel, an act labeled as an “escalation” of hostilities. These aggressive maneuvers have sparked concern about the potential for conflict in the region, with the news anchor emphasizing the risks associated with China’s provocations.

Palki Sharma’s reporting goes beyond merely recounting these incidents; it delves into the broader geopolitical implications. By presenting these events through an Indian lens, the report offers a perspective that challenges conventional narratives and highlights the complexities of international maritime disputes. Sharma’s ability to articulate these issues with both depth and humor has cemented her reputation as a formidable voice in global news commentary.

The journalist’s report on the West Philippine Sea is a compelling blend of hard-hitting journalism and sharp critique. Her memorable description of China’s map as “a child emperor’s drawing” illustrates the broader irrationality and invalidity of Beijing’s claims, making it clear why her work resonates so strongly with audiences worldwide.


Other POP! stories that you might like:

Social media users react as TikTok mutes Joseph Morong’s content on West Philippine Sea

IT officer of local media arrested for alleged hacking of websites and banks, internet users displeased

Theatergoer criticizes PETA, calls ‘One More Chance’ experience the ‘worst’ due to celebrity privilege

Student TikToker criticized for ‘disturbing’ classes for online content

’42-year Mystery Unveiled’: The true face of Duran Duran’s ‘Rio’ Album discovered

About Author

Related Stories

Popping on POP!