South China Sea WW3: US Deploys Electronic Attack Warplane In The Philippines

South China Sea WW3: US Deploys Electronic Attack Warplane In The Philippines

Tensions are indeed rising along the South China Sea. China and the U.S. are both relentless in their display of military power in the disputed region.


The Commander of the U.S. 7th Fleet has announced that the VAQ-138 detachment has arrived in Clark Air Base in the Philippines. It is comprised of the U.S. Navy EA-18G Growler airborne electronic aircraft that will help “support routine operations that enhance regional maritime domain awareness and assure access to the air and maritime domains in accordance with international law.”

The said detachment is part of a U.S. Contingent that was established by the U.S. Pacific Command back in April with the approval of the Philippine government. It is comprised of four aircraft and approximately 120 personnel who are assigned to the VAQ 138 expeditionary squadron.

China is yet to respond to this latest military development by the U.S.

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Recently, China has been aggressive in its various activities in the disputed territories along the South China Sea. It has built several facilities in the said areas despite protests from neighbors such as the Philippines, Vietnam and Japan. In response, the U.S. has vowed to increase its presence in Asia Pacific ally Philippines. At the same time, it has also been conducting what it refers to a freedom of navigation exercises, which seem to have angered the Chinese even more.

Even during diplomatic events, the South China Sea issue remains at the forefront of most remarks. Recently, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has said that should China decide to establish an ADIZ or Air Defense Identification Zone along the South China Sea, it will be viewed as a “provocative and destabilizing act.”

Defense Secretary Ashton Carter has said both during a Naval Academy commencement exercise and recent IISS Shangri-La Dialogue that China should be willing to negotiate its territorial disputes or else, they may end up erecting a “Great Wall of self-isolation.” The U.S. has also made it clear that while it doesn’t have any territorial interest in the South China Sea matter. However, the country has “long and enduring diplomatic, economic, and security interests in the Asia-Pacific.”

Also read: South China Sea War: Chinese Spy Ship Stalks US Aircraft Carrier In Disputed Region

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  • britbob

    Effective sovereignty Argument Uninhabited Islands: A case that supports this view of effective sovereignty is relevant is the Minquiers and Ecrehos Case, France/UK of 17th November 1953. In this case both the UK and France had requested the ICJ to determine which country held sovereignty over the uninhabited Islets and rocks in the Minquiers and Ecrehos. France had claimed sovereignty because of historic sovereignty going back to the Dutchy of Normandy in the 11th century while the UK claimed that Jersey had historically exercised administrational jurisdiction on them. The Court decided that in the absence of valid treaty provisions, they considered the argument that the British government has exercised effective control to be superior, so that sovereignty control over the Minquiers and Ecrehos belonged to the UK. (the UK had protested to the French government when a French national had intended to build a house on one of the islats and any deaths occurring on the islets were dealt with by inquests held on Jersey). ICJ Minquiers & Ecrehos Judgment, 17 Nov 1953, p28, paras 6 & 12.
    No delimitation between states with opposite or adjacent coasts may be affected unilaterally by one of those states. For some interesting judgments on territorial seas and to gain an understanding as to how the world court deals with such disputes: