China's illegal claims over the South China Sea have revealed its hegemonic ambitions in the Pacific, and the US is right to reassert its support for its allies. By visiting Palawan, Harris made a meaningful move that shows US commitment to the region without directly threatening Beijing.
This rapprochement with Manila comes as the Biden admin. is seeking to ensure its ability to militarily intervene in the Taiwan Strait. Despite constantly accusing Beijing of being a threat to regional security and stability in Southeast Asia, the US is the one promoting conflicts and rivalry in the region.
There's a 19% chance that there will be a US-China war by 2035, according to the Metaculus prediction community.