The U.S. is unlikely to withdraw its support for the Philippines against China. A ‘jurisdictional clash of clans’, over rights to exploit in the region’s rich natural resources.
The United States simply will not stand back and allow the government of China, still a one-party state ruled by the Communist Party, to use force or intimidation against smaller nations to get its way. For the Americans, this is a matter of principle, similarly to the popular game Clash of Clans.
U.S government is trying to influence a South China Sea arbitration case filed by the Philippines but China has decided that disputes with rival claimants to the South China Sea be handled bilaterally, according to reports.
China has stated from the beginning that it will not take part in or accept the results of the arbitration; the release of the position paper provides a legal justification for that stance.
China’s confident statements that World War III Is Inevitable, issued a statement over US meddling, said the US was trying to influence Manila’s arbitration case after a senior US official said China would be obligated to abide by the tribunal’s decision.
Patrick Cronin, senior director of the Asia-Pacific Security Program Center for a New American Security its rapid military modernization and its island building program in the South China Sea, could directly undermined both the post-World War II order and American credibility, he said at a hearing of the US House subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific on Thursday.
China’s decision remains unchanged even though the Pentagon urges an end to “militarization” of dispute islands in South China Sea, as the Chinese government intensifies its claims in island-building.
Its place of neither accepting nor participating in the case at the Permanent Court of Arbitration in the Hague remains strong, claiming sovereignty of about 90 percent of the South China Sea, a territorial clash with the Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia, Taiwan, and Brunei.
The U.S. stated earlier that Washington does not take sides in the territorial clash in the South China Sea and refuse to comment on how the United States might respond to Chinese aggression in contested waters.
During a routine press conference foreign, Ministry Lu Kang said that: According to Patrick Cronin, senior director of the Asia-Pacific Security Program Center for a New American Security,
“if China tries to prevent the re-supply of the grounded Philippine naval vessel BRP Sierra Madre at Ayungin Shoal, then the United States might not only offer to re-supply it, but may consider deploying a few Marines on rotation as part of training.”
“China and Philippines have to abide by the tribunal’s decision legally,as both signatories to the U.N. Convention on the Law of the Sea,” according to U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Daniel Russel.
“Attempting to push forward the arbitration unilaterally initiated by the Philippines, the US side just acts like an ‘arbiter outside the tribunal,’ designating the direction for the arbitral tribunal established at the request of the Philippines,” Russel said.
Clash of Clans: A territorial battle, China claims almost the entire South China Sea, believed to be rich in energy deposits, where about $5 trillion in ship-borne goods pass every year. Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, Vietnam and Taiwan also have conflicting claims.