Inside the Ring: U.S. Mulls Pledge on Disputed Philippines Outpost

A dilapidated Philippine Navy ship LT 57 (Sierra Madre) is anchored off the South China Sea
A dilapidated Philippine Navy ship LT 57 (Sierra Madre) is anchored off the South China Sea / AP

The U.S. military should consider offering new security guarantees to the Philippines similar to those promised to Japan in response to any military attacks by China in maritime disputes in Asia, the commander of U.S. forces in the Pacific said this week.

The idea behind the new guarantee would be to dissuade China from attacking a Philippines military outpost in the disputed Spratly Islands chain.

The declaration would be similar to U.S. military guarantees provided to Japan in the East China Sea over the past several years. Senior Obama administration officials have made several high-profile statements in recent years declaring that any attack on Japan’s Senkaku Islands, which China also claims as its territory, would prompt a U.S. military response.

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