China summons Philippines ambassador after Marcos congratulates Taiwan’s Lai

January 16, 2024 - 5:24 PM
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Taiwan President-elect Lai Ching-te, of Democratic Progressive Party's (DPP) gestures as he attends a rally following the victory in the presidential elections, in Taipei, Taiwan January 13, 2024. (Reuters/Ann Wang)

 China on Tuesday summoned the ambassador from the Philippines and warned the country “not to play with fire” after its President Ferdinand Marcos Jr on Monday congratulated Taiwan’s president-elect Lai Ching-te on his election victory.

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“President Marcos gravely violated the one China principle, went against political commitments to China, and interfered in China’s internal affairs,” a Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson said at a regular press conference on Tuesday.

The Philippines‘ foreign ministry on Tuesday reaffirmed the country’s “One China policy” after Marcos’ comment.

— Reporting by Andrew Hayley and Beijing newsroom; Editing by Christian Schmollinger

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