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Taiwan could punish Philippines over 'One China' ruling

By Joseph Yeh,The China Post--The diplomatic row between Taiwan and the Philippines could resurface after Taiwan's Foreign Ministry yesterday said the country could again impose punitive measures to Filipino workers in response to a recent Manila court ruling that claimed the country's decision to deport 14 Taiwanese suspects to China as "proper" and based on its"One China policy."

"The Philippine government should understand that the deportation case is a legal issue instead of a political one," said Minister Timothy Yang yesterday, adding that the government cannot accept the ruling made by the Philippine court.

Yang noted that it took tremendous efforts made by both sides to amend relations following the deportation row in February.

But Manila's court ruling on Monday that intentionally introduced political interference into a legal trial could ruin the warming bilateral tie, he said.

Yang noted that Taiwan's representative in the Philippines had already lodged a protest over the ruling that regards Taiwan as part of China to Philippine government.

He himself also expressed protest to Antonio Basilio, the de facto Philippine ambassador in Taiwan, during a diplomatic occasion on Monday.

Yesterday morning, Deputy Foreign Minister Shen Ssu-tsun (沈斯淳) also summoned Basilio to once again lodge the strongest protest against the downgrading of Taiwan's status, Yang added.

When asked to comment if the government would reintroduce punitive measures against the Southeast Asian country if it fails to offer satisfactory explanation over the matter, Yang said his ministry will continue to monitor Manila's response before taking further actions.

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