Philippines warns China against ‘acts of war’

by | May 31, 2024 | Top Stories

Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos Jr has warned China not to cross a red line in the South China Sea, where a standoff between the countries continues to escalate.If any Filipino died as a result of China’s wilful actions, he said, the Philippines would consider it as close to “an act of war” and respond accordingly.Mr Marcos was speaking at a security forum in Singapore attended by defence chiefs from around the world, including the US and China.In response, a Chinese military spokesman accused the Philippines of “deflecting the blame on China” and “smearing and attacking”.In recent months the longstanding dispute between China and the Philippines over territory in the South China Sea has sharpened into aggressive clashes. Manila has complained vociferously about Chinese patrol ships firing water cannon at Philippine boats and supply vessels.Beijing has said that it is defending its sovereignty. Earlier on Friday, a Chinese military spokesman accused the Philippines of making “provocations”.Observers fear that any escalation could spark a conflict in the South China Sea between the Chinese and Americans. The US is bound by a treaty signed with the Philippines to come to the south-east Asian nation’s defence, should it come under attack.The US has previously said it will stand by its “ironclad” commitments to its allies in the region, and has sought to draw them closer including holding a summit with the Philippines and Japan last month.On Friday, Mr Marcos had just finished delivering the openi …

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[mwai_chat context=”Let’s have a discussion about this article:nnPhilippine President Ferdinand Marcos Jr has warned China not to cross a red line in the South China Sea, where a standoff between the countries continues to escalate.If any Filipino died as a result of China’s wilful actions, he said, the Philippines would consider it as close to “an act of war” and respond accordingly.Mr Marcos was speaking at a security forum in Singapore attended by defence chiefs from around the world, including the US and China.In response, a Chinese military spokesman accused the Philippines of “deflecting the blame on China” and “smearing and attacking”.In recent months the longstanding dispute between China and the Philippines over territory in the South China Sea has sharpened into aggressive clashes. Manila has complained vociferously about Chinese patrol ships firing water cannon at Philippine boats and supply vessels.Beijing has said that it is defending its sovereignty. Earlier on Friday, a Chinese military spokesman accused the Philippines of making “provocations”.Observers fear that any escalation could spark a conflict in the South China Sea between the Chinese and Americans. The US is bound by a treaty signed with the Philippines to come to the south-east Asian nation’s defence, should it come under attack.The US has previously said it will stand by its “ironclad” commitments to its allies in the region, and has sought to draw them closer including holding a summit with the Philippines and Japan last month.On Friday, Mr Marcos had just finished delivering the openi …nnDiscussion:nn” ai_name=”RocketNews AI: ” start_sentence=”Can I tell you more about this article?” text_input_placeholder=”Type ‘Yes'”]
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