In the latest “tit for tat” exchange, the Philippines responded in kind after China had stated it would defend it’s territory without compromise–and this was including those areas currently contested in or out of court between China and other nations.
What did Manila say exactly? That “the Philippines was basing its position on the principles of international law” and also “[had] the right to defend every inch of its territory.”
So, now we have two countries that will defend their country (without compromise) … while increasing military units in the area. China has recently sprayed fisherman with water cannons and has warned off other vessels carrying construction materials in the disputed territory. As the Philippines have purchased more frigates and are now moving their western defense naval assets closer to the area… how soon until something tragic occurs? And who will cause it? Thoughts?
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