U.S. Warns Beijing Over Attack Against Phillipines
Washington will defend treaty ally the Philippines if its forces are attacked.
The Philippines reaffirmed on Tuesday that it had the legal high ground over Communist China in a long-running maritime row, marking the anniversary of an arbitration ruling that concluded Beijing’s claim to almost the entire South China Sea was groundless.
Following a heated standoff with Communist China, the Philippines took the bold step in 2013 of lodging a case with the Permanent Court of Arbitration in the Hague seeking clarification of its sovereign entitlements under international law.
U.S.A. will defend Philipines
U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken urged Communist China to follow international law and cease "provocative behaviour" in the busy waterway.
He made the comments on Monday the sixth anniversary of a ruling by an international tribunal that invalidated Communist China's sweeping claims to the South China Sea, a conduit for about US$3 trillion worth of ship-borne trade each year.
We reaffirm that an armed attack on Philippine armed forces would invoke US mutual defence commitments, Mr Blinken said in a statement, referring to the provisions of a mutual defence treaty between the allies dating back to 1951.
We call again on the People's Republic of China to abide by its obligations under international law and cease its provocative behaviour, he added.
Beijing's Regime Usurps Right To The Entire South China Sea
Mr. Blinken's statement came the day that Beijing regime's Foreign Minister Wang Yi told a meeting of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations in Indonesia that regional nations should avoid being used as "chess pieces" by global powers.
Communist China's claim to almost the entire South China Sea, citing what it says are historical maps, puts it at odds with some countries in the grouping, which say the claim is inconsistent with international law.