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No categorical commitment from US to defend PH in sea row
« on: July 25, 2018, 05:00:25 AM »
No categorical commitment from US to defend PH in sea row
By: Frances G. Mangosing - @inquirerdotnet INQUIRER.net / 04:09 PM June 02, 2018

SINGAPORE—US Defense Secretary James Mattis gave no categorical commitment on whether the Philippine-occupied features in the Spratly Islands in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea) is covered by the 1951 Mutual Defense Treaty.

While the US official said that they stand by their treaty allies, he remained conservative on whether the treaty would apply in case an armed confrontation breaks out in the disputed waters.

“We stand by our treaty allies but this is a discussion between the current administrations in Manila and in Washington. It’s not one that can be answered as simply as your question would indicate,” he said in a Q and A after delivering his remarks on Saturday at the Shangri-La Dialogue, one of the world’s biggest security forums.

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