War: US vows to protect Philippines and Japan from Chinese attack

War: US vows to protect Philippines and Japan from Chinese attack

US President Joe Biden has vowed to protect the Philippines from any attack in the South China Sea.

Biden hosted his first joint summit in Manila and Tokyo amid rising tensions with China.

The U.S. president spoke with Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos and Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida on Thursday, saying, “America's defense commitment to Japan and the Philippines is ironclad.”

The summit, held at the White House, comes as concerns about the conflict escalating after repeated collisions between Chinese and Philippine vessels in the disputed waterway.

Mr. Biden's pledge follows bilateral talks and strengthening of the alliance between Mr. Biden and Mr. Kishida, which also drew strong criticism from Beijing.

“An attack on Philippine aircraft, ships, or troops in the South China Sea would trigger our mutual defense treaty,” Biden said.

The US president made a similar promise when he welcomed the Philippine president to the White House last year.

China claims almost all of the South China Sea, displacing competing claims from several Southeast Asian countries, including the Philippines.

Source: dailypost.ng

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