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China Warns Philippines ‘Not to Play With Fire’ Over Taiwan 

Voice of America News reports: “China summoned the ambassador of the Philippines Tuesday to officially protest President Ferdinand Marcos’ message of congratulations to Taiwan’s newly elected president.

In a post on X, the social media site formerly known as Twitter, President Marcos congratulated Lai Ching-te, the candidate of Taiwan’s ruling Democratic Progressive Party, on his election last Saturday, and said he looked forward to ‘close collaboration’ with him. The DPP has long been a proponent of Taiwan’s self-rule status, pushing back against Beijing’s claims of sovereignty over the island.

Speaking to reporters in Beijing, foreign ministry spokesperson Mao Ning said President Marcos’s statement was a ‘serious violation’ of the Philippines’ commitment to the ‘One China principle’ and ‘a gross interference in China’s internal affairs.’…”

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