The remarks were made a few days after there were two incidents involving ships from the Philippines and China in the disputed sea location.
Mr Biden stated his “uncompromising” support and dedication to the Philippines.
Manila has contested Chinese cases to the waters, cutting floating obstacles and inviting media to film what it calls Beijing’s unsafe steps mixed up.
Mr Biden’s statement on the South China Sea on Wednesday was his best considering that stress between Beijing and Manila heated up in recent months.
“I wish to be clear– I want to be very clear: The USA’s defense commitment to the Philippines is unwavering. The USA protection agreement with the Philippines is ironclad,” he said.
Signed in 1951, the Mutual Defense Treaty binds the United States and the Philippines, its previous nest, into safeguarding each other in the event of an armed assault.
The United States Head of state stressed that any kind of aggressive activity taken against the Philippines’ airplanes, vessels, or military employees would cause the Mutual Protection Treaty between the two countries, during his speech at the White House while getting the Australian Head of state Anthony Albanese.
Mao Ning, an agent for the Chinese foreign ministry, mentioned that the United States does not possess the authority to meddle in the issues developing between China and the Philippines.
The United States must prevent taking any activities that might jeopardize China’s territorial integrity and maritime cases in the South China Sea when safeguarding the Philippines, she claimed in response to a question on the matter.
On Sunday, the Philippines claimed China’s “hazardous maneuvers” had led to a collision between a China coastline guard ship and a Filipino supply boat in an area that drops inside the Philippines’ Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ). In a different incident, Manila stated a Chinese militia boat “bumped” a Philippine coastline guard vessel.
The Filipino watercrafts got on their method to a falling apart navy warship that Manila had marooned at the 2nd Thomas Shoal to reinforce its claims.
The support priest of the Philippines, Gilberto Teodoro Jr, insisted that the Chinese watercrafts purposely collided with Philippine vessels, and accused China of adjusting the story to fit its very own functions.
Mr. Biden resembled these assertions, mentioning that the Chinese ships had participated in “reckless and unlawful” habits during the cases.
The Philippines is an essential tactical ally of the US as it surrounds 2 potential flashpoints in the Pacific – the South China Sea and Taiwan.
Since Head Of State Ferdinand Marcos Jr assumed his position in June 2022 and reestablished the Philippines’ partnership with the United States, Filipino officials have ended up being significantly assertive in challenging China’s activities in the South China Sea.
The foreign policy of Mr Marcos is a complete turn-around from the previous position of his precursor, Rodrigo Duterte, who ran the gauntlet for not adequately dealing with Beijing’s assertiveness in the South China Sea.