Chicoms threaten war against the Philippians

 Washington Examiner:

Secretary of State Antony Blinken is pledging U.S. protection for the Philippines after an aggressive move from China that Manila deems “a verbal threat of war,” wasting little time in sending a warning to a top adversary early in the Biden administration.

America's new top diplomat closed ranks with the Philippines's foreign secretary, Teodoro Locsin Jr., on the day that his Philippine counterpart accused Beijing of threatening a shooting conflict with the island nation. Locsin issued that condemnation in a protest of the communist regime’s thinly veiled threat that the Chinese Coast Guard’s heavily armed fleet could use lethal force against neighbors in territorial disputes — raising the likelihood of a major clash between Beijing and a U.S. ally.

“Secretary Blinken stressed the importance of the Mutual Defense Treaty for the security of both nations, and its clear application to armed attacks against the Philippine armed forces, public vessels, or aircraft in the Pacific, which includes the South China Sea,” State Department spokesman Ned Price said late Wednesday.

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I suspect this is about China's attempt to claim territory in the Pacific.  The Philippines must have a conflicting claim. 

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