While China called on the U.S. for meddling in the territorial conflict over the South China Sea, Secretary of Foreign Affairs Teodoro Locsin Jr. said the involvement of Western influence in the Philippines benefits country.
According to Locsin, it helps the interests of the Philippines that we have a U.S. presence in the region, I said so very clearly. It’s the same as Great Britain’s position on the European coast in the old days of the power balance. That is why he opposed suggestions to keep foreign powers out of discussions on the South China Sea Code of Conduct he added.
China and countries with conflicting territorial claims over the South China Sea have been negotiating a Code of Conduct, an agreement that seeks to prevent tensions on the disputed waterway from escalating.
Locsin continued, in two years they were meant to have got out. So, it accepted the first document. Even if he can’t dictate that, because the other Southeast Asian nations have their own objections and accommodations with China. All are incredibly welcoming China and have all won the Arbitral Prize, as we all know, by our lonesome. Had no assistance and there was no sign of any support coming from Southeast Asia. So, all are just going that way and that’s why.
Nevertheless, Manila’s top diplomat said there would be never an accommodation that puts the arbitral award aside. In addition, the Secretary of Foreign Affairs highlighted the country’s need for US military support. We need them because our whole defense posture depends on the Mutual Defense Treaty, he added.
China pressed for its sweeping claims in the South China Sea, refusing to accept the 2016 decision of the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) invalidating its controversial nine-dash line spanning nearly the entire water body. There is no justification for China’s nine-dash line claim over the South China Sea, according to the Permanent Court of Arbitration’s ruling in The Hague.
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