MANILA: Vice President Kamala Harris America’s commitment will be highlighted to The Philippines is a treaty ally and we are defending it with a visit That starts on Sunday, and includes flying to An island Washington has made accusations of China bullying smaller claimant states in the South China Sea dispute.
After attending the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in Thailand, Harris Sunday Night Flying to Manila and on Monday, meet President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. to discuss strengthening Washington’s oldest treaty alliance in A senior official stated that Asia and the strengthening of economic ties is a priority. US Administration official, who was not identified to practice, in A briefing online ahead of the visit.
Harris She spoke of her trip to Thailand was “quite successful” She reiterated her belief that US Engagement to The region hosted a roundtable discussion regarding climate change on Sunday afternoon.
Climate activists, civil society representatives and business leaders focused their attention on clean energy and the dangers that climate change poses. to The Mekong River, which is home to more than 60,000,000 people in Southeast Asia uses water, food, and transport.
Harris The announcement was made US Plans to Give it a try! to $20 Million in Clean energy funding in The Japan-Asia Route.US Mekong Energy Partnership.
Before taking off, she stopped at a local marketplace to peruse the array of shops, make new friends, and purchase Thai green curry paste.
On Tuesday she’ll fly to Palawan Province, located along the South China Sea. to Meet fishermen, villagers and officials. Once she arrives, she will be the highest-ranking member of her team. US Leader to visit The frontier island The long-running territorial disputes involving China and the Philippines, Vietnam (Malaysia), Brunei, Brunei, Taiwan, and the Philippines are at the forefront.
The Philippine coast guard is scheduled to All are welcome Harris aboard the BRP Teresa Magbanua (one of the biggest patrol vessels), in Palawan is where she is scheduled to deliver a speech, according to Coast guard spokesperson, Commodore Armand Balilo.
Harris This will underline the importance of international law and unimpeded commerce as well as freedom of navigation in The South China Sea, US Official Statement
China can view the visit The official added in Response to Washington is not asking a question. USAs a member of Indo-Pacific, he is committed and engaged to Its security and that of its allies in The region.
Philippine ambassador to Washington Jose Manuel Romualdez said HarrisThe trip to America’s support for Palawan is clear to China’s actions are a concern to an ally in The dispute sea.
“That’s as obvious as you can get, that the message they’re trying to impart to the Chinese is that we support our allies like the Philippines on these disputed islands,’” Romualdez stated to The Associated Press.
“This visit is a significant step in showing how serious the United States views this situation now.”
Washington and Beijing have been in a long-running collision course in The contested waters The contested waters US lays no claims to Strategic waterway where $5 trillion is expected to be spent in It has stated that global trade transits every year. in The South China Sea in America’s national interests.
China opposes US Navy and Air Force Patrols in Beijing claims that the busy waterway is almost as busy as its other major rivers. in It is in its entirety. It warned Washington not to meddle in what it says is a purely Asian territorial conflict — which has become a delicate front-line in The US-China rivalry in This region is feared for its potential dangers.
In July US Antony Blinken, secretary of state, called China to Conform to a 2016 arbitration ruling which invalidated Beijing’s huge territorial claims in Washington was warned about the South China Sea and reminded that it is bound to If the Philippines’ forces, vessels, or aircraft are attacked by an enemy force, you can defend your treaty ally Philippines in The disputed waters
China rejected the 2016 arbitration tribunal decision. in The Hague in accordance with the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea. Philippine Government complained in 2013 China’s growing aggressiveness in The disputed waters. Beijing did not participate in Arbitration, which rejected its ruling as a sham, continues to defy it.
Harris’ visit The latest sign of growing relations between Washington, Manila and Marcos Jr. is this. in June after a landslide electoral victory.
America’s relations to the Philippines were difficult under Rodrigo Duterte (the predecessor of Marcos), who threatened to endanger them to Cut all ties with Washington, expel American troops from the country, and allow them to return home. to Abrogation of a major defense pact US While maintaining close ties to Russia and China.
When President Joe Biden met Marcos Jr. in September in New York, where he spoke on the sidelines at the UN General Assembly. US Its relations with the Philippines are still strong despite some headwinds.
“We’ve had some rocky times, but the fact is it’s a critical, critical relationship, from our perspective. I hope you feel the same way,” Biden replied then. Marcos Jr. told him, “We are your partners. We are your allies. We are your friends.”
The timing of the rapprochement was crucial. US Not required to Establish a deterrent presence in the face of growing security threats in Romualdez indicated that they were in the same region.
Philippine Lt. Gen. Bartolome Bartolome, the military chief-of-staff, said last week that US Wanted to Construct military facilities in Five more areas in A 2014 defense cooperation agreement was signed with the northern Philippines, which gives American forces access to the country’s northern islands. to Incorporate temporary living quarters and warehouses. Philippine Military camps
While the Philippines Constitution prohibits foreign military base, at least two defense agreements allow temporary visits to American forces with aircraft or Navy ships for combat training, joint military exercises and bracing. to Please respond to natural disasters.
The strategically important northern Philippines lies across a strait to Taiwan and could serve as an outpost. in Tensions between China and the self governed may worsen island.
Harris Speaking briefly with Xi Jinping the Chinese leader on Saturday as she entered a closed-door meeting at APEC. She reiterated that they had discussed Taiwan and North Korea when she was asked Sunday if they had discussed it. “keeping open lines of communication”.
While aiming to Deepen ties: The Biden administration to Despite concerns from human rights groups about Marcos Jr. The Philippine Leader has stood firmly up for the legacy of his father, a dictator who was expelled in 1986 Pro-democracy Uprising amid human rights violations and plunder.
Harris Plans also available to meet Vice President Sara Duterte (daughter of Marcos’ predecessor) oversaw an anti-drugs crackdown which left thousands of mostly poor suspects in death and sparked an International Criminal Court probe as a possible crime against mankind. The Vice President She defended the presidency of her father.
Biden’s prominent advocacy for democracy, human rights and other issues has led to officials stating that human rights are at the top of their agenda. in Each of their engagements were with Marcos Jr.
After meeting with Marcos Jr. Monday, Harris Plans to Meet civil society activists to demonstrate US Support for democracy and human rights, including continued and unwavering support US Official Statement