Pompeo: U.S. Will Defend Philippines in S. China Sea – Washington Free Beacon – Bill Gertz

March 5, 2019 by · Leave a Comment 

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced a new policy on the South China Sea last week declaring the United States will defend the Philippines from an attack by China over a years-long island dispute.

The policy shift was announced by Pompeo in Manila on Friday. The secretary told reporters China’s island-building threatened both U.S. and Philippine sovereignty, security, and economic livelihood.

“As the South China Sea is part of the Pacific, any armed attack on Philippine forces, aircraft, or public vessels in the South China Sea will trigger mutual defense obligations under Article 4 of our Mutual Defense Treaty,” Pompeo said after a meeting with Philippines Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin.

Source: Pompeo: U.S. Will Defend Philippines in S. China Sea

New Senate Foreign Relations Chair to Focus on China – Washington Free Beacon – Bill Gertz

January 22, 2019 by · Leave a Comment 

China’s technology theft and other unfair economic practices are one of several targets of activity for the new chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

Sen. Jim Risch (R., Idaho) took over the powerful foreign policy committee this month and said in an interview the panel plans to hold a hearing next month to examine America’s role in the world and the challenges it faces. Those challenges include China, Russia, Iran, North Korea, and terrorism.

One priority will be moving ahead with a backlog of nominations for State Department and ambassadorial posts.

Source: New Senate Foreign Relations Chair to Focus on China


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