Philippines Defies China’s New Maritime ‘Law’ on South China Sea, Asks for More US Help

USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62) transits the South China Sea. Fitzgerald is on patrol in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility supporting security and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. / U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Patrick Dionne/Released

Soon after China’s amended Maritime Traffic Safety Law took effect on September 1 requiring all foreign vessels sailing in the South China Sea to report their information to Chinese authorities, Philippine Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana promised that Manila will ignore it.

Lorenzana made the promise during his visit to the United States where he hopes for a review of the Mutual Defense Treaty (MDT) with the U.S. and is asking for more advanced military equipment to face China’s territorial threat.

This new push to bolster U.S.-Philippines defense ties comes after a year of give and take on abrogating the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) with the U.S. which President Rodrigo Duterte finally reversed last month, opening the door for expanded military relations.

Despite a 2016 ruling at The Hague that determined that China’s claim over most of the South China Sea has no legal basis, Beijing has continued to expand its presence in the area, building artificial island air bases and bullying neighboring countries over its illegal maritime claims.

According to Aljazeera:

On Monday, the Chinese state-owned publication Global Times reported that the revised maritime law has taken effect as of September 1.

It covers five types of vessels including submersibles, nuclear vessels, ships carrying radioactive materials, ships carrying bulk oil, chemicals, liquefied gas and other toxic and harmful substances, and other vessels “that might endanger China’s maritime traffic safety”, according to the Global Times.

Beijing clarified that the new law does not hinder freedom of navigation in the South China Sea.

But the US calls it a “serious threat”, and a foreign policy expert has described it as an attempt by China to force other countries to submit to its control by reporting their ships to Chinese authorities.

In January, China also passed the Coast Guard Law that for the first time explicitly allows its coastguard to fire on foreign vessels within their jurisdiction.

During an event marking the Philippines’ Mutual Defense Treaty (MDT) with the United States, Lorenzana said: “Our stand on that is we do not honor those laws by the Chinese within the West Philippine Sea because we consider that we have the sovereign right within these waters. So, we will not recognize this law of the Chinese.”

However, Lorenzana added that it is time for a comprehensive review of Manila’s alliance with the U.S., saying the Philippines is getting less from its relationship with Washington than even non-treaty allies. He said there is a need to “upgrade” and “update” the alliance and to make clear the “extent of American commitments.”

Lorenzana said the weaknesses and ambiguities in the MDT explained why seven out of 10 Filipinos supported President Duterte’s call for engagement with China, and more than half doubted U.S. reliability as an ally in these maritime disputes. ADN

Paul Crespo is the Managing Editor of American Defense News. A defense and national security expert, he served as a Marine Corps officer and as a military attaché with the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) at US embassies worldwide. Paul holds degrees from Georgetown, London, and Cambridge Universities. He is also CEO of SPECTRE Global Risk, a security advisory firm, and President of the Center for American Defense Studies, a national security think tank.

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C.A.
C.A.
16 days ago

Philippines Defies China’s New Maritime ‘Law’ on South China Sea, Asks for More US Help. Sorry Philippines: Biden out for ice cream and then a nap, Harris cackled and then went partying with CA’s soon to be Ex- Dictator Newsome, the Secty of State Blinken is busy shredding all incriminating documents before he resigns and the Joint Chiefs of Staff are still reading about “White Rage”. So yawl on your own… Jus Sayin!

Pop
Pop
16 days ago

Well said CA. Might buy a portrait from Slow Joe’s crackhead son in trade for protection.

Paul
Paul
16 days ago

So now they want us even though they couldn’t wait to get rid of us and our bases a few years ago. It sounds like they want their cake and eat it too.

John Funderburk
John Funderburk
16 days ago
Reply to  Paul

Yep I went Jungle School in the PI while stationed in Vietnam-Clark AFB was then the largest US base-I enjoyed the two weeks as an RR and the training was good -I had been a Sea Survival Instructor in Fla so the info was uselful

Bill
Bill
16 days ago

Good luck. China owns the Biden administration and the democrats in general.

Janice greenwald
Janice greenwald
16 days ago

It is so sad that we now have Biden, who is very bad man in the White House. I sympathize with the Philippines and promise, if the real president gets to power again, to support you. I now can only pray President Trump gets to be our president again. May our risen Lord bless you.

flashy0ne
flashy0ne
16 days ago

Hummmm — I seem to remember TWO bases which the U.S. had (and maintained) — Subic Bay and Clark Field — which were closed BECAUSE of Nationalistic Fervor on their part. “IF” we go back, who’s going to PAY to reactivate these bases??? I certainly hope IT’S NOT US !!!

tom
tom
14 days ago
Reply to  flashy0ne

you seriously think it would be anyone else ? Only the U.S will build and rebuild nations, because only Americans have democrooks in power, who spend OUR taxes like there was no end to their income !America is sinking fast and the democrooks are TOTALLY responsible

Murphmeister
Murphmeister
16 days ago

Better stand up to the ChiComs now or there will be no tomorrow. But, we know Biden won’t because his whole family is in China’s back pocket.

Larryone
Larryone
16 days ago

China attacks the world with a biological weapon and the help of US democrats and other political leaders.The world is powerlesss to stop them every new mandate is proof of the corruption and complicity.
Democrats are not your fellow Americans.

HEVELIUS
HEVELIUS
16 days ago

I can’t understand why Filipinos would doubt US commitment after Josef’s ‘flawless’ performance in Afghanistan. Besides, I’m sure he’s not compromised by Beijing. He really took the Chinese to the woodshed over Covid, right? Biden is a perfect reminder that you can be a politician your entire adult life, and still know nothing about being a leader.

Pauline
Pauline
16 days ago

Will Biden step up to the plate or bow to his Chinese masters?

Edmundo Oserraos
Edmundo Oserraos
16 days ago
Reply to  Pauline

Of course he will bow. He was given 1.5 billion remember?

Kenneth
16 days ago

Unfortunetley China owns Joe.

Mario
16 days ago

As long as Biden and his Democratic Party are concerned you’re screwed.

John G
John G
16 days ago

The people of the USA stand behind the Philippines. Biden can go to hell!

Tony Winters
Tony Winters
16 days ago

I wouldn’t trust the Philippine Government as far as I could throw a Grey Hound Bus. All during the Trump Administration, Duterte, their president, was with the USA and then switched his loyalty to CCP, then back to the USA, and then signed some kind of deal with the CCP, and once again they are looking for our help. I get it that we need the Philippines as it is a strategic location in the event of a war with China, but I still wouldn’t trust Duterte, he will switch again if he thinks he can make a profit.

Jawad
Jawad
16 days ago
Reply to  Tony Winters

…AND Mr. Beijing Biden has neither the savvy nor the c.o.j.o.n.e.s. to negotiate a killer deal with the Phillipines. Speaking of c.o.j.o.n.e.s, Chairman Xie probably has Joe’s in the Chink vise grip. Mr. Trump on the other hand would hold their noses to the grindstone and their feet to the fire to get a real deal.

DaveW
DaveW
16 days ago
Reply to  Tony Winters

Trust but verify.
Ronald Reagan

charles A wilkins
charles A wilkins
16 days ago

THEY SHUT DOWN OUR BASES WHAT CAN YOU EXPECT?

tom
tom
14 days ago

but now they want to be friends, at least till we rebuild everything for them, then throw us out and give it to CCP

Wharf Rat
Wharf Rat
16 days ago

Sorry to say Phillipines. The only way you are going to get help is to send a check made payable to Hunter Biden

MOON
16 days ago

Biden is not going to do any thing except kiss chins ass.

Joe
Joe
16 days ago

Hidenbiden is spineless, so more than likely he wouldn’t even help the phillipines, because his crackhead,sexualpervert kid is in bed with china, which means traitor joe,the sockpuppet,embarrassment, is on their side also, don’t expect anything out of this clown and his circus of useful idiots. They might get us nuked..

charles A wilkins
charles A wilkins
16 days ago

biden will help, just like he helped the Cubans, you will get no help from biden, china joe is in love with china, remember he and hunter received billion and half dollars from the chinese for what? don’t expect them the biden’s for help,should have keep the US bases open. Look how biden has treated our Allies so far…….

Ben Matthews
Ben Matthews
16 days ago

Yeah good luck with that…Joe Bama O’bidet is an even bigger clown than Duterte.

tom
tom
14 days ago

Can’t blame them for lack of confidence in America. LOOK who’s running it !!


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