China tells USA Stay Out of Philippines Dispute: China hit back at the American navy chief’s pledge to support the Philippines in the event of Chinese military aggression over conflicting claims to parts of the South China Sea, telling the US to stay out of the dispute.
The long-running territorial dispute between China and the Philippines is increasingly becoming an issue between Beijing and Washington, which has a military alliance with Manila.
“I would like to point out that the U.S. is not a party concerned in the dispute in the South China Sea,” said Chinese foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying at a press briefing on Friday. “It should honor its commitment of taking no sides on the territorial-sovereignty issue in the South China Sea, be discreet in words and action and do more for the peace and stability in the region rather than the opposite.”
The United States Navy’s chief of operations, Admiral Jonathan Greenert, while visiting Manila’s National Defense College on Thursday, said “Of course, we would help you,” when asked if the U.S. would fight alongside the Philippines if the Chinese attacked, according to reports.
The admiral’s comments come as U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry visits Beijing, and is expected to voice US concerns over China’s territorial disputes with both Japan and the Philippines.
This week the White House announced that American President Barack Obama would visit Manila in April in what some in the Philippines are describing as an important show of U.S. support in the Philippines Dispute with China over Spratly group of islands.