Kamala slams Beijing’s ‘coercion and intimidation’ in South China Sea, vows to defend Philippines
Kamala nudges the dragon: VP Harris slams Beijing’s ‘coercion and intimidation’ in South China Sea, says US will stand for ‘freedom’ in vow to defend Philippines in a discourse at the edge of disputed waters
- Vice President Kamala Harris made a two-day trip to the Philippines to help restore relations between the United States and the country
- Comes as China tries to expand its reach and influence in the South China Sea
- In a speech on Tuesday, Harris denounced Beijing’s “coercion and intimidation”
- She also recommitted the United States to defending the Philippines following a deterioration in relations under its former president Rodrigo Duterte.
Kamala Harris went on the offensive against China in a speech on Tuesday from neighboring islands in the Philippines, accusing the communist nation of “intimidation and coercion” in the disputed South China Sea.
The administration has stepped up its rhetoric in recent months about its commitment to defending democracy – touting the message both at home and abroad.
Harris said in his speech during a drive through Asia this week that the United States would continue to stand up for “freedom” and vowed the Biden administration would support the Philippines.
The vice president has taken the White House’s message abroad as he seeks to counter Beijing’s influence in Asia and one of the world’s busiest maritime passes.
China claims the disputed waters of the South China Sea belong to it and has increased its aggression and presence in the region in recent years, including building and fortifying artificial islands and deploying fleets from smaller nations like the Philippines. .
Vice President Kamala Harris made a two-day trip to the Philippines to help restore relations between the United States and the country as China tries to expand its reach and influence in the South China Sea.
In a speech Tuesday in Puerto Princesa, Philippines, Harris denounced Beijing’s “coercion and intimidation” in the region.
“Communities like this have seen the consequences when foreign vessels enter Philippine waters and illegally deplete the fish stock, when they harass and intimidate local fishermen, when they pollute the ocean and destroy the ecosystem sailor,” Harris said, without mentioning China by name.
International communities have rejected the Chinese Communist Party’s claim to the South China Sea.
The Philippines has for years accused China of harassing fishing vessels and warships on behalf of the nation.
Speaking Tuesday from Puerto Princesa, Philippines, Harris denounced China’s actions in the region.
Harris met with Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. in Manila on Monday. She reiterated the United States’ “unwavering commitment” to defending the Philippines if its ships or planes are attacked from the South China Sea.
Many saw the vice president’s two-day trip to the Philippines as a sign of the country’s importance to Biden’s foreign policy in countering China’s growing influence, especially with the former Philippine leader’s departure. Rodrigo Duterte earlier this year.
Harris, speaking aboard the Philippine Coast Guard BRP Teresa Magbanua, recommitted the United States to defending the Philippines following a deterioration in relations under its former president Rodrigo Duterte.
The American-Philippine relationship deteriorated under Duterte’s rule, as he frequently expressed anti-American sentiment and was friendly towards China.
Marcos, who took over from Duterte earlier this year, has signaled he is ready to mend relations with the United States.
An incident occurred two days before Harris’ speech that highlighted frequent altercations in the area where Chinese and Filipino ships have met over debris that Filipino officials believe came from a Chinese rocket.