Chinese Embassy Spokesperson's Statement

The Chinese Embassy has taken note of media reports on the Presidential spokesperson's remarks on illegal Chinese  workers in the Philippines. The Chinese Embassy hereby clarifies as follows:

First, China adheres to the principle of non-interference in other countries' internal affairs. The Chinese Embassy in the Philippines did not say that Beijing would adopt a "tit-for-tat" approach should the Philippine government deport Chinese nationals found working illegally in the country. Chinese law enforcement agencies will continue to properly handle relevant issues concerning foreign nationals working illegally in China in accordance with laws and regulations.

Second, China respects the laws and regulations of the Philippines regarding employment of foreign nationals in the country, and holds that Chinese nationals should not stay or work illegally in foreign countries including the Philippines. China hopes that the Philippine law enforcement agencies would continue to deal with relevant issues in accordance with the laws and regulations in a professional manner.

Third, the Chinese Government has always requested Chinese nationals in the Philippines to observe the Philippine laws and regulations. The Chinese Embassy in the Philippines has been issuing consular notices in this regard.

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