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War: US vows to defend Philippines, Japan from Chinese attacks

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President of the US of America, Joe Biden, has pledged to defend the Philippines from any assault within the South China Sea.

Biden hosted the primary joint summit with Manila and Tokyo amid rising tensions with Beijing.

“America’ defence commitments to Japan and to the Philippines are ironclad,” the US president mentioned on Thursday as he met the Philippines president Ferdinand Marcos and Japanese prime minister Fumio Kishida.

The summit was held on the White Home and it comes after repeated confrontations between Chinese language and Philippine vessels within the disputed waterway which have raised fears of a wider battle.

Biden’s pledge follows a bilateral assembly between Biden and Kishida and the upgrading of their alliance, which additionally drew robust condemnation from the Chinese language authorities.

“Any assault on Philippine plane, vessels or armed forces within the South China Sea would invoke our mutual protection treaty,” mentioned Biden.

The US president made the same dedication when he hosted the Philippine president on the White Home final 12 months.

China claims nearly the whole lot of the South China Sea, brushing apart competing claims from a number of south-east Asian nations together with the Philippines.

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