Antony Blinken, the United States Secretary of State affirmed that it is with Philippines defense to defend the country from the attacks in South China Sea. The US is under a 70 year old defense treaty with Philippines. The Secretary of State rejected China’s expansive attempt to control the waterways and sided with Philippines.
Tensions in China have risen this year also contested by Vietnam, Taiwan, Malaysia, and Brunei. Manila has accused Beijing of trying to terrorize its coast guard vessels. China is also accused of sending its maritime militia to crowd out the fishing boats of Philippines.
Blinken also Warns China to follow the international protocols and stop its agitating behavior in the South China Sea.The Permanent Court of Arbitration in 2016 had ruled that China is trying to control the waters of the South China Sea and infringing Philippines by carrying out activities such as building islands in Manila’s exclusive economic zone.