Skip to comments.US 'stands by Philippines' amid South China Sea tension
Posted on 06/23/2011 11:59:27 PM PDT by george76
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has said Washington is committed to the defence of the Philippines, amid rising tensions in the South China Sea.
She said the US would honour its mutual defence pact with Manila and offer the Philippines affordable weapons.
Several Asian nations claim territory in the South China Sea; Chinese ships have recently encroached on areas to which others have declared ownership.
The Philippines has complained of nine separate Chinese incursions into its territorial waters since late February, and Vietnam has also accused China of harassment in the region.
The area around the small Spratly and Paracel islands is hotly contested because it is thought to be rich in oil and gas.
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Defense of the Phillipines? Hopefully it’ll work better than it did in ‘41/’42.
I’ll bet it puts the Filipinos at ease to know that Hillary is behind them.
Ill bet it puts the Filipinos at ease to know that Hillary is behind them.
Better than having Bawney Fwank behind them.
For some reason I keep having this word association cascade . . .
The Philippines has complained of nine separate Chinese incursions into its territorial waters since late February, and Vietnam has also accused China of harassment in the region.Zero's administration is now engaged in the process of how best to back down and throw our allies (and allies of convenience) under the bus.
Vietnam complains about China? They did not mind at all when the Chinese sent advisors to assist Hanoi in killing South Vietnamese. What do I have to say about the encroachment of China on neighbors? I do not care. The Domino theory is dead. It never was true. The John Kerry types told us so. Screw them all.
China is in a hurry, a big hurry. Vietnam, Taiwan and Israel, hang in there for 18 months. Help is on the way and we will cover you 100% as of 21 Jan, 2013
unless Obambi gets re-elected. Which can happen if we squabble too much over the person and choose the best candidate who can win — I’m thinking a Bachman-Cain ticket is pretty good.
Re: Vietnam complains about China? They did not mind at all when the Chinese sent advisors to assist Hanoi in killing South Vietnamese.
No different from how “we Westerners” now selects to play bedfellow and lover to that which was once our deadliest of enemy and most hated of rival.
These VC’s caused the deaths of 50,000 of our men; they cost us insurmountable political division at home; they also made us incurred a billing so hefty it probably affected us economically just as our involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan does.
Of course, we returned them the favor with the doing in, probably, of 500,000 of their boy’s in uniform over the course of a decade; 5,000,000 in all if you consider the collateral damages (civilians) and the KIA counts of both the northern and southern factions, not to mention the hundreds of millions of lives ruined and families destroyed.
Re: What do I have to say about the encroachment of China on neighbors? I do not care. The Domino theory is dead.
The ripple affects of peaceful and picturesque whitecaps http://photos3.fotosearch.com/bthumb/CLT/CLT005/kr84625.jpg that affectionately caresses’ the shores of the western Pacific touches only the sands and the rock cliffs along the shores of the western Pacific.
But, the after affects of a massive tectonics disturbance (aka a US/ChiCom face off), have the potentials of creating ocean swells http://weeklyworldnews.files.wordpress.com/2011/03/japanese_tsunamic.jpg?w=325&h=216 that rips across the whole of the Pacific north, east, west and south...
Damn! It just hit me!
In the last election I was the Republican Alternate Judge in a heavily dim precinct. About one third of the voters were Vietnamese immigrants who spoke little or no English. However, they were being herded into voting a straight dim ticket by the dim Vietnamese speaking Clerk.
The Republicans need to rally ALL of the threatened ethnic blocs to vote pubbie in 2012. That includes Indians, Vietnamese, Philipinos, et al.
This has to be done in a way that does NOT threaten our Chinese immigrants. But taking a stand against Chinese bullying and imperialism is not only the right thing to do, it can help win an election!
I expect Chinese encroachments on neighboring countries to resemble the border wars China has initiated against India, the Soviet Union and Vietnam in decades past - a carefully prepared ambush, a limited land grab, followed by calls for a ceasefire, after which the Chinese give up some of their gains (but keep most of it). It's not clear to me that we would intervene to stop such limited clashes, given that we have traditionally not taken a stand on territorial disputes between two friendly (with US, in the narrowest sense, of US not being at war with them) countries. If Saddam had stopped after grabbing the 20% of Kuwait that contained its oil fields, he'd still be in power today, and Kuwait would - like Yemen - be independent, but impoverished.