Accusations of Poisoning Manila-Beijing Ties

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The Chinese Embassy in Manila has recently accused certain Filipino politicians of “poisoning the atmosphere” of China-Philippines relations, which is hindering efforts to resolve their maritime conflict through dialogue. In response to allegations that China is funding individuals to destabilize the Philippine government, the embassy has labeled these claims as “false and baseless.”

According to Senator Joseph Victor “JV” Ejercito, there are intelligence reports suggesting that some Filipinos are being tapped and funded by China to cause internal trouble. The senator believes that this strategy is intended to divert the government’s attention away from the West Philippine Sea (WPS) and instead focus on internal issues. However, the Chinese embassy spokesperson firmly stated that China adheres to the principle of non-interference in the internal affairs of other countries.

The embassy expressed concern over the actions of certain Filipino politicians and officials who, driven by political self-interests, have repeatedly exaggerated the maritime differences between China and the Philippines. Their goal seems to be to smear and demonize China while silencing advocates of China-Philippines friendship. The spokesperson also criticized these individuals for groundlessly attacking the performance of the Chinese embassy and diplomats, potentially fueling regional tensions.

The Chinese embassy emphasized that the friendship and cooperation between China and the Philippines are in the fundamental interests of both countries and reflect the aspirations of their peoples. They highlighted that anti-China sentiments find little support among the general public. Senator Ejercito responded to the embassy’s statement, emphasizing the importance of respecting Philippine sovereignty and urging China to refrain from encroaching on Philippine territorial waters.

Senate Minority Leader Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel 3rd acknowledged that both countries have contrasting positions and emphasized the need for each party to act in accordance with their best interests. He emphasized that the Philippines, as a sovereign nation, has its own territorial sovereignty concerns and maritime rights and interests. Senator Francis “Chiz” Escudero expressed his preference for dialogue over confrontation, believing that it is in the national interest of both countries.

Escudero questioned why some individuals are afraid of dialogue when it does not require giving up or agreeing to anything that goes against the sovereignty and national interest of the Philippines in the West Philippine Sea. He emphasized that words alone do not cause harm, but actions, assumptions, instigations, and offensive conduct can have serious consequences. Escudero also challenged those who advocate for war to consider the logical conclusion of their war-mongering, which is actual conflict.

In conclusion, the Chinese Embassy in Manila has accused certain Filipino politicians of undermining China-Philippines relations and attempting to smear China’s image. The embassy firmly denies allegations of funding individuals to destabilize the Philippine government. Filipino senators have emphasized the importance of respecting sovereignty and advocating for dialogue to address their maritime conflict. It is crucial for both countries to act in accordance with their best interests and find peaceful resolutions to their differences.

Source: The Manila Times

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