VP Harris Vows 'Unwavering Commitment' to Philippines

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    The Facts

    • During her visit to the Philippines on Tuesday, US VP Kamala Harris accused China of "intimidation and coercion" in the disputed waters of the South China Sea and reaffirmed the US's "unwavering commitment" to defend its ally should it be attacked.

    • This commitment comes from the 1951 US-Philippines Mutual Defense Treaty. Sec. of State Antony Blinken made similar vows in July to protect the Philippines in the event of an attack, amid mounting tensions between Manila and Beijing.


    The Spin

    Anti-China narrative

    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.

    Pro-China narrative

    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.

    Nerd narrative

    There's a 19% chance that there will be a US-China war by 2035, according to the Metaculus prediction community.


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