Philippines-China relations

Defense chief Gibo Teodoro calls out China official for ‘gutter-level talk’

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Defense chief Gibo Teodoro calls out China official for ‘gutter-level talk’

Department of National Defense (DND) Secretary Gilbert Teodoro attends the Senate hearing on the proposed 2024 budget of the DND and its attached agencies, on September 27, 2023.

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'It is unfortunate that the (Chinese) ministry of foreign affairs spokesperson stooped to such low and gutter-level talk - resorting to insulting our president and the Filipino nation,' says defense secretary Gibo Teodoro

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine defense secretary on Wednesday, January 17, accused a Chinese foreign ministry official of insulting President Ferdinand Marcos Jr during a news briefing, stooping to what he called “low and gutter-level talk.”

Defense Secretary Gilberto Teodoro in a statement also accused spokesperson Mao Ning of “spouting state-sanctioned propaganda and disinformation”.

Teodoro was reacting to Mao’s remarks on Tuesday telling Marcos to “read more books to properly understand the ins and outs of the Taiwan issue” after he had congratulated the democratically governed island’s election winner Lai Ching-te, referring to him as president.

“It is unfortunate that the (Chinese) ministry of foreign affairs spokesperson stooped to such low and gutter-level talk – resorting to insulting our president and the Filipino nation, and further debasing herself, the ministry, and party she represents in the process,” Teodoro said in a statement.

China’s embassy in Manila and its foreign ministry did not immediately respond to requests for comment on Teodoro’s comments, the latest in a succession of rhetorical spats between Beijing and staunch US-ally Manila.

The congratulatory remarks on Monday by Marcos were followed by his foreign ministry reaffirming the country’s “One China policy” and stressing that the message of Marcos intended to recognize the Philippines and Taiwan’s “mutual interests”, including 200,000 Filipino workers in the democratically governed island.

China warns Philippines not to ‘play with fire’ over president’s Taiwan remarks

China warns Philippines not to ‘play with fire’ over president’s Taiwan remarks

– Rappler.com

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