PH urges restraint as tensions over Taiwan heat up

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'Diplomacy and dialogue must prevail,' says the Philippine government. (FILE PHOTO)

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, August 4)— The Philippine government on Thursday expressed concern over the situation in Taiwan, urging parties to practice restraint amid tensions sparked by a US official's visit.

"The Philippines is concerned with the rising tensions in the Taiwan Strait, just north of the Philippines," the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said in a statement.

"The Philippines urges restraint by all parties concerned. Diplomacy and dialogue must prevail," it added.

Despite Beijing's retaliation threats and Washington's concerns on the high-profile trip, US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi pushed through with her stop in Taiwan earlier this week.

Shortly after landing, China announced a series of military drills around the self-governed island—which it claims as its sovereign territory. The East Asian giant also slapped Taiwan with trade restrictions, including the suspension of fruits and fish imports.

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Leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations also earlier warned of "unpredictable consequences" brought by this development, adding it could trigger "open conflicts" among major powers.

Meanwhile, the DFA also noted that the country would adhere to the "One-China" policy, which acknowledges Taiwan as part of China.

Malacañang—through Press Secretary Trixie Cruz-Angeles—echoed the sentiment, saying the government has "not changed" its stand on the matter.