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China Warns Philippines Not to “Play With Fire” In Response to Marcos’ Remarks Over Taiwan

Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Mao Ning at the regular press briefing in Beijing on January 15, 2023. Image via @MFA_China on X

China summoned the Philippines ambassador to Beijing to issue a forceful protest against a congratulatory post on X by President Ferdinand Marcos, Jr. to Taiwan’s newly-elected leader, Lai Ching-te.

Marcos posted on X: “On behalf of the Filipino people, I congratulate President-elect Lai Ching-te on his election as Taiwan’s next President. We look forward to close collaboration, strengthening mutual interests, fostering peace, and ensuring prosperity for our peoples in the years ahead.”

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