Published: Fri, June 01, 2018
Global | By Craig Ferguson

Is Duterte serious about a South China Sea red line?

Is Duterte serious about a South China Sea red line?

He said the best reaction would be a coherent, consistent and strong strategy that not only makes use of the military tools for deterrence or "compellence" against Chinese behavior in the South China Sea, but also deploys a more holistic set of instruments.

Meanwhile, Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano said the Duterte administration has agreed to China's request that the Philippines stop extracting resources in the West Philippine Sea.

To register its objection to Beijing's rising militarization of its synthetic islands, america army on Might 23 disinvited China from biannual RIMPAC naval exercises. "If anyone gets the natural resources in the Western Philippines Sea, South China Sea, he will go to war".

He echoed President Rodrigo Duterte's remarks that the Philippines would not go to war against China.

The Chinese government, which claims much of the South China Sea as its sovereign territory, has established a significant military presence in the region, installing radar facilities and airstrips on contested islands and reefs.

National security and defence experts have said that the military operations being conducted by the Pentagon are mainly symbolic and that they have no impact on how China will behave going forward.

Mattis said, the USA will maintain a "steady drum beat" in the South China Sea to "confront" China for actions that Washington deems to "be out of step with global law" and worldwide tribunal rulings.

Our diplomats are robustly engaged on this. "We are not saying we are going to war, but if they oppress us that may force our hand, because we will not allow ourselves to be oppressed", Esperon said, quoted in Agence France-Press.

China claims the Paracel islands and surrounding features as its own territory.

Over the weekend, the Pentagon also sailed two destroyers through the South China Sea as part of a Freedom of Navigation Operation (FONOP) aimed at keeping the waters open for global commerce.

They would be China's signals to warn the U.S. A world tribunal dominated in 2016, in a case introduced by the Philippines, that the majority of Beijing's said claims within the South China Sea had been unlawful below worldwide maritime regulation.

Esperon reported that five lighthouses have been built on Pag-asa, Likas, Parola, Patag and Kota islands - all part of the Kalayaan Group of Islands "to ensure safety of navigation, along our responsibility under the UNCLOS (United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea) to provide navigational safety for all worldwide vessels transiting the West Philippine Sea". Ousting China from the exercise could signal that joint activities, or the military relationship as a whole, are a reward.

The Chinese navy helicopter "was so close that seawater splash entered the rubber boat", said Alejano, who asked the government to disclose more details of such incidents to the public.

The Pentagon, as it nearly always does, says the sailings were planned months in advance and that the timing in relation to recent tensions between China and the United States is coincidental.

He is stopping in Hawaii to mark a change in leadership at US Pacific Command.

Harris has been nominated to become the next USA ambassador to South Korea.

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