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Biden warns China as South China Sea heats up US-Philippines defense pact includes stranded warships

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Biden warns China as South China Sea heats up US-Philippines defense pact includes stranded warships

The Financial Times reported that the President of the United StatesbidenWill welcome the Prime Minister of Japan this Thursday (11th)Fumio Kishidaand Philippines President Marcos Jr.white HouseA trilateral summit was held between the United States, Japan, and the Philippines. Two senior US officials revealed that Biden plans to use the summit to issue a warning against China’s increasingly aggressive military activities in the South China Sea.

Two senior US officials said Biden would express serious concerns about the escalating situation at Renai Shoal at that time.

Renai Shoal is an atoll located in the Nansha Islands. China, the Philippines and other countries claim sovereignty over it, and several conflicts such as ship collisions have occurred there.

The two officials said Biden will insist that the US-Philippines mutual defense treaty applies to the Sierra Madre, and Biden has already expressed “deep concern” about this during a phone call with Chinese President Xi Jinping on the 1st. ” had expressed.

An official told the Financial Times, “China underestimates the possibility of the situation worsening. We are constantly trying to clarify our position through dialogue… reiterating that the US-Philippine mutual defense treaty protects the Philippine sailors, Covers ships and extension…to the Sierra Madre.”

He also said, “China needs to review its strategy, otherwise it will have to face serious counter-attacks.”

Philippine Ambassador to the United States Jose Manuel Romualdez said that neither the United States nor the Philippines expect the treaty will one day be used, but he also warned that he would “take action” if necessary. “Wouldn’t hesitate.”

In 1999, the Philippines “deliberately beached” the landing ship “Sierra Madre” on the rocks of Renai Shoal; at the same time, it deployed marines on board to regularly replenish the ships, thereby asserting its sovereignty over Renai. Was claimed. Shoal.

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