President Barack Obama and Philippine President Benigno Aquino III vowed to address together China’s provocations in the disputed South China Sea, including building new islands, lighthouses, ports, military facilities and airstrips.
The leaders of the two nations strengthened their alliance that had been ongoing for more than 60 years. As a treaty ally of U.S., the Philippines receives security assistance from the U.S. government, particularly through the foreign military financing program.
Mr. Obama and Mr. Aquino were vocal about their objections against China’s territorial claims over the contested region despite Chinese President Xi Jinping being adamant that the APEC Summit 2015 is not the proper forum to discuss the issue. Morning News USA reported yesterday that Mr. Obama seemed to have been antsy of World War 3 to start over South China Sea. The very minute he set foot in the country, he went directly to the main warship and gifted the country with two warships.
Speaking with the press following his bilateral meeting with Mr. Aquino, the president confirmed that they discussed the impact of China’s land reclamation and construction activities on regional stability. “We agree on the need for bold steps to lower tensions, including pledging to halt further reclamation, new construction, and militarization of disputed areas in the South China Sea,” Mr Obama told press. He added that the government supports the Philippines’ decision to use arbitration under the U.N. Convention on the Law of the Sea peacefully and lawfully address differences.
Mr. Aquino stressed that the bilateral meeting reaffirmed the Philippines and the U.S. treaty alliance, the strategic partnership and the historic partnership between the two nations. As for the South China Sea, they discussed about the “maritime security, including on the maritime disputes in the region and how international law should remain the framework for behavior of all countries and for the peaceful resolution of disputes.” He stressed that he took the opportunity “to reiterate the Philippines’ view that the freedom of navigation and overflight in the South China Sea must be continuously upheld consistent with international law.”
Mr. Jinping, on the other hand, was elusive on the matter. The Chinese president discussed his country’s economic integration initiative and the China-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank.