onsdag 7. april 2021

Beijing ups the ante in the South China Sea

In a clear challenge to the Biden administration’s Asia policy, China has upped the ante in the disputed waters of the South China Sea. Over the past month, Beijing has deployed an armada of suspected maritime militia forces to land features claimed by the Philippines, a US treaty ally. In response, the Philippines scrambled fighter jets in the area and has threatened to deploy its naval frigates to eject the unwanted visitors from the country’s exclusive economic zone.

The Philippines’ defense secretary Delfin Lorenzana made it clear: “We are ready to defend our national sovereignty and protect the marine resources of the Philippines,” as the Southeast Asian country mobilized its naval, air and coast guard forces in a rare show of force in the South China Sea.