US warns China it will defend Philippines if Filipino soldiers are attacked in South China Sea

US warns China it will defend Philippines if Filipino soldiers are attacked in South China Sea



The United States has reaffirmed its commitment to defend the Philippines' armed forces from attack in the South China Sea.


According to the US Secretary of State, Anthony Blinken, the US will come to Phillipines aid if attacks were launched against it, as it has a 70-year-old mutual defense treaty with the country.


Blinken made the comments on Sunday, July 11, in a statement marking the fifth anniversary of a ruling by an independent arbitration tribunal rejecting China's expansive territorial claims over the waterway, in support of the Philippines.


The 2016 ruling by the Permanent Court of Arbitration at the Hague dismissed China's claims to the South China Sea outright, while making clear that China was infringing on Philippine sovereignty through activities such as island-building in Manila's exclusive economic zone (EEZ).


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