I am writing to bring your attention to the 10 October edition of The Manila Times, which carried a section in the celebration of the so-called “Republic of China 102nd National Day.”
The Government of the People’s Republic of China has all along adhered to the One-China Principle, and firmly opposed to “one China, one Taiwan,” “two Chinas” or “Taiwan independence.” The peaceful development of the Cross-Straits relations and unprecedented peace and stability across the Straits are increasingly supported by Taiwan compatriots and welcomed by the international community. However, no matter what happens in Cross-Straits relations, the China government’s position on the One-China Principle has not changed and will not change. The One China principle is the political and legal basis of diplomatic relations between China and the Philippines, and as such committed by the Philippine government.
In the sense, we find the aforesaid content running against the One-China Principle. We sincerely hope that your good office could fully recognize the sensitivity of this issue and see to it that such things never occur again.
The Embassy and Manila Times have been maintaining sound cooperation for quite a long time. We look forward to making our good relationship closer and stronger in the future.
With my best regards,
Deputy Chief of Political Section and Spokesperson