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Senator Webb Says China’s Use of Force Against Philippines

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Senator Jim Webb, chair of the East Asian and Pacific Affairs Subcommittee, today called for the State Department to clarify U.S. treaty commitments to come to the aid of the Philippines in light of recent reports of China’s use of force in the South China Sea.


“Repeated actions by Chinese government vessels against the Philippines raise serious questions about the circumstances under which our treaty commitments apply,” Senator Webb wrote in a letter to State Department Legal Advisor Harold Koh. “Our transparency on this matter is of great importance to our ally, the Philippines, and to the entire Southeast Asian region.”

In February 2011, four Philippine fishing vessels were harassed by Chinese naval vessels near the Jackson Atoll in the Spratly Islands. In March, the Government of the Philippines reported that maritime security vessels from China attempted to ram one of its surveillance ships in the Reed Bank, only 80 nautical miles from the Philippine island of Palawan and over 500 nautical miles from China.

 

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Written by Kevin Kerrigan

 

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