US demands Beijing stop ‘provocative and unsafe’ acts in South China Sea

SpaceWar.com reports: “The United States called on China Saturday to stop ‘provocative and unsafe conduct’ in the disputed South China Sea after a recent near-collision with a Philippines coast guard boat there, ramping up rhetoric ahead of a visit by the Filipino president to the White House.

State Department spokesman Matthew Miller, in a statement two days before President Joe Biden is to host his Philippine counterpart Ferdinand Marcos Jr., said the incident was a reminder of China’s ‘harassment and intimidation’ of Philippine vessels in the contested waterway.

‘We call upon Beijing to desist from its provocative and unsafe conduct,’ he said, adding that any attack on Philippine armed forces would trigger a US response.

Biden has been working to bolster relations with Asian allies as the US-Chinese relationship remains in a historically deep chill, and the Philippines’ proximity to key sea lanes and Taiwan gives it particular strategic importance…”

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