On Thursday, Gary Song-huann Lin who is Taiwan’s representative for the Philippines along with Angelito Banayo, the chairman of Manila Economic and Cultural Office (MECO) signed a new bilateral investment agreement.
Some are optimistic that this is the start of the mending of the strained relationship of the Philippines and Taiwan.
However, ABS-CBN reports that the Philippines-Taiwan union didn’t make Chinese government happy. Speaking in Beijing, the Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said that for China, they have “no problem” with normal trade relations of Taiwan with other countries, but they do have a problem if the union will be official exchanges.
“We are extremely concerned that the relevant Philippine department signed with Taiwan investment protection agreements or other cooperation documents that are obviously official in character,”
He also added that China has already lodged representations with the Philippines and Taiwan is giving conflicts of interest.
“China has already lodged representations with the Philippines,”
Geng added that he wishes that the Philippines stick to the “One China” principle. The Philippines should avoid having Taiwan unions to prevent having issues with the Beijing-Manila relationship.
According to their history, Beijing says that Taiwan has no rights to any diplomatic recognition because it is a part of China. During the end of China’s civil war in 1949, the defeated Nationalists forces fled to Taiwan.
Currently, China is having doubts about Taiwan President Tsai Ing-Wen’s attempts to push for a formal independence of their Island, while still maintaining peace with China.
China and the Philippines have been in a territorial dispute of the South China Sea, but the relationship was mended when Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte started making ways to mend the strained relationship.
Regarding Taiwan, the Philippines also has severed ties with its formal diplomatic relations in 1975. Making this almost the same as the mending of the PH President of the relationship with China.