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MANILA, Philippines - China has issued a travel advisory for its nationals ahead of the planned protests by Filipinos at Chinese embassies worldwide against China's incursions into disputed territory in the South China Sea, which Manila calls the West Philippine Sea.
At the same time, China issued a "strong warning" to the Philippines against escalating tensions arising from the continued standoff between the two countries at Scarborough (Panatag) Shoal, News5 reported Tuesday.
The call for worldwide protests was first made by civic leader Loida Nicolas Lewis, who chairs a Filipino-American good governance organization.
The call has since been picked up by prominent personalities such as former President Fidel Ramos and singer-actress Lea Salonga.
But the Chinese foreign ministry said it was fully prepared to respond to anything the Philippines does, such as internationalizing the incident.
China has spurned Philippine offers to mediate the standoff at Scarborough Shoal, which has entered its first month.