Taiwan alerts citizens over protests in the Philippines


MANILA — Taiwan has advised its citizens in the Philippines to pay attention to their personal safety, in anticipation of large-scale anti-China protests in the Southeast Asian country.

According to reports, around 1,000 Filipinos will stage a protest at the Chinese Embassy in Manila Friday against the Chinese presence in waters around the disputed Scarborough Shoal, known in Mandarin Chinese as Huangyan Island, in the South China Sea, following a monthlong standoff between the two countries.

Similar actions are also expected at Chinese embassies and consulates in other countries.

Taiwan’s representative office in the Philippines said in an advisory Wednesday that Taiwanese expatriates should be careful about the situation because there is also a sovereignty dispute between Taipei and Manila over the Spratly Islands, also in the South China Sea.

Furthermore, Filipinos might not be able to distinguish between Taiwanese and Chinese people, the office said, urging Taiwanese to seek help from the office if necessary.

The advisory has been sent by fax or email to various Taiwanese chambers of commerce and expatriate groups in the Philippines, the office said.