US more likely than the Philippines to end up in ‘shooting war’ in South China Sea, says defence chief Delfin Lorenzana
The Philippines is looking to review its defence treaty with the US to clarify the actions needed to be taken in the event of a conflict in disputed regions
The defence chief says US activity in the South China Sea may lead the Philippines to be ‘involved in a war that we do not seek and do not want’ under current treaty obligations
The United States is more likely to be involved in a “shooting war” in the disputed South China Sea than the Philippines – but the latter would be embroiled in such a conflict just the same because of its 1951 Mutual Defense Treaty with Washington, the Philippine defence chief said Tuesday.
Defence Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said the treaty needed to be re-examined to clear ambiguities that could cause chaos and confusion during a crisis.
He cited the aggressive seizure of a Philippine-claimed reef by China in the mid-1990s, saying “the US did not stop it”.Thank you for watching.
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