US warns China over moves on Philippines, Taiwan

Photo shows an aerial view of a reef in the disputed Spratly islands. China claims almost the entirety of the resource-rich South China Sea. – AFP pic, April 8, 2021.

THE United States yesterday warned China against what the Philippines and Taiwan see as increasingly aggressive moves, reminding Beijing of Washington’s obligations to its partners.

“An armed attack against the Philippines’ armed forces, public vessels or aircraft in the Pacific, including in the South China Sea, will trigger our obligations under the US-Philippines Mutual Defence Treaty,” State Department spokesman Ned Price told reporters.

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