PH in line of fire if US-China conflict in South China Sea escalates into war - DND Sec. Lorenzana

PH in line of fire if US-China conflict in South China Sea escalates into war - DND Sec. Lorenzana


The clash between to nuclear armed countries China and the United States in the South China Sea (SCS) would be catastrophic in the sense that the Philippines cannot take sides, whether we like it or not we will be dragged into it and worse a collateral damage to that scenario.

This was the picture Department of National Defense chief Defin Lorenzana is trying to convey in the forum hosted by the Stratbase ADR Institute 

As two superpowers in the South China Sea making their presene felt more and creating a lot of interest and time to the security agencies in the South East Asian countries.

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“This then is the crux of the security challenge in the Indo-Pacific region, the looming confrontation of the US and its allies and China for the South China Sea,” Lorenzana said.

While the US and China assert that their actions are defensive in nature, Lorenzana said “the fear of miscalculation is ever present like the near collision of two frigates belonging to the US and China two years ago.”

Lorenzana continued: “If ever a shooting war happens, Philippines which is right smack in the middle of the conflict will be involved whether she likes it or not.”

Lorenzana explains that th country has been very cautious in dealings with the US and China in relation to the South China Sea dispute. Both countries is courting the Philippines support as they know the Philippines “crucial role” in the region.

“Everyone knows what President Duterte did to move the country towards China. Some say it’s good for the country, some say it is bad,” Lorenzana went on.

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