Linking up with allies among options vs China expanionist aggressions in WPS - DND

Linking up with allies among options vs China expanionist aggressions in WPS - DND

The country extended its hand of friendship to Asia’s giant and sadly by their actions such friendship was not reciprocated.

The latest incursion of 200 maritime militia vessels in Julian Felipe reef in the West Philippine Sea in the Philippines’ exclusive economic zone (EEZ) in early March of this year, made the country’s leaders a hard realization about the whole issue.

Keeping all its options, the country will be needing closer coordination with allies as against protectin its sovereignty in the disputed territories in the West Philippine Sea(WPS) according to the Department of National Defense (DND).

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China basically ignored all the country’s call to remove all 200 ships, instead of full withdrawal it simply moored in the different parts of the Philippines EEZ to make the appearance that they have complied with the request.

“As the situation in the West Philippine Sea evolves, we keep all our options open in managing the situation, including leveraging our partnerships with other nations such as the United States,” DND spokesperson Arsenio Andolong said in a statement

“We remain committed to protecting and defending our national interests, while upholding the security and stability in the region through peaceful and rules-based approach,” he added.



PH’s mutual defense ally

 

The United States has also made it publicly that it supports the Philippines on its stand in the WPS and has given a warning to China to stop the continued aggression in the area, reiterating that an armed attack against the Philippines will trigger US obligations to respond militarily under the 1952 US-Philippines Mutual Defense Treaty (MDT).

The DND welcomes US expression of support, saying it showed the strength of the alliance between the two countries.

“The US admonition to China against the use of force on Philippine public vessels and aircraft, which are performing their constitutional mandate  to protect and defend Philippine rights in the South China Sea, including the West Philippine Sea, is an additional affirmation of the long-standing partnership between our two countries,” said Andolong.

 

“This also demonstrates the strength of our alliance and mutual commitment to promote the rules-based international order,” he added.

 

The Philippines is in constant talks with the US on mutual defense issues, Andolong said.

 

“Both parties are committed to undertake their obligations under the Mutual Defense Treaty so that neither stands alone in these issues involving the two states’ inherent right of self defense, individually and collectively,” he said.





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