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Philippines says sorry to China for Taiwan logo gaffe

AFP  |  Manila 

The apologised to today, days after embarrassingly using the logo of rival at an official defence ministry ceremony to accept a Chinese donation of rifles and ammunition. A banner with the logos of the Philippine and Taiwanese defence ministries hung above the stage Thursday as Philippine Defence Secretary Delfin Lorenzana and Chinese ambassador Zhao Jianhua sat together to witness the weapons turnover. "Military assistance gratis from the Ministry of National Defense of the People's Republic of China," read the banner, with the wrong logo apparently not attracting attention at the time. "The Department of National Defence committed a grievous but purely unintentional mistake of using a different logo on a banner to represent the of the People's Republic of China," said a Philippine defence ministry statement. "We have issued an official apology to the and the people of the People's Republic of China," it said, adding that Philippine defence authorities and the military "strictly adhere" to Manila's "One Policy". The has no diplomatic ties with self-ruling Taiwan, which Beijing considers a breakaway province. The Chinese embassy could not be reached for comment. The Philippines, a military ally of the United States for decades, is trying under President Rodrigo Duterte to build warmer relations with The weapons from were the second batch to be delivered to the this year to help Duterte fight Islamist militants who have been occupying parts of the southern city of Marawi since May. The two neighbours had long been at loggerheads over disputed islands and waters in the South Sea, though Duterte has sought to play down the issue as he seeks more trade and investment from Beijing.

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First Published: Mon, October 09 2017. 14:42 IST