The new government in Manila wants to build a new mosque in Manila’s Chinatown, a move that could draw scrutiny from the United States and the Muslim community.
The U.S. has threatened to cut off diplomatic ties if Manila is allowed to build the mosque, which is being built on the site of the old Al Azhar University in Quezon City.
The Philippine government has rejected the proposal, saying it will harm its image.
But the Trump administration has expressed concern that building a mosque would promote “religious intolerance” in the country.
The new administration says it will not allow construction of mosques in the city, but it is not clear if that will affect the existing one.
It has also asked for permission to build schools, clinics and a new airport in Manila, which the Philippines is not allowed to do.
The Trump administration is also considering sending an envoy to the Philippines, who would visit the city to see if the city can overcome its ethnic tensions.
The Chinese government says the mosque is a threat to national security, saying the building will attract Muslims to Manila and pose a threat in its neighborhood.
Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping meet at the White House in May.
Chinese President Xi Xi Jinping greets U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres after the signing of a statement on the South China Sea in New York, U.K., May 30, 2020.
The Trump administration says the proposed mosque is illegal, but there is little evidence to support the charge.
Manila City Hall said it was aware of the new proposal and that it had taken all necessary measures to address the concerns raised by the new government.
But the U.M.S.’s director of religious freedom, John Hagee, said in an interview with CNN that he was concerned that the Trump team was trying to “silence the voices of the Muslim communities.”
“It is disturbing that a government that has taken the name of ‘America First’ is trying to silence the voices that are calling for religious freedom,” Hagees said.