Blinken Urges CCP to End Provocation Behavior ” in South China Sea”

The U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken urged the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) to respect international law and stop engaging in “provocative behavior” in the South China Sea.

On July 12, the sixth anniversary of the Philippines-China South China Sea arbitral tribunal ruling, Blinken issued a statement via the U.S. Embassy in the Philippines, urging the CCP to abide by the ruling, carry out its legal obligations under international law, cease engaging in provocative behavior, and reaffirm its commitment to the Philippines to activate U.S. mutual defense commitments if Armed Forces of the Philippines are attacked in the South China Sea.

It is known that the U.S. and the Philippines signed the “U.S.-Philippine Mutual Defense Treaty” in 1951. The purpose of that is to build a collective defense mechanism for the two countries. So they may work together to combat threats in the Pacific. In addition, on July 12, 2016, the International Court of Justice rendered a decision regarding the delimitation of the South China Sea, siding with the Philippines and rejecting the CCP’s “Nine-dash line” proposal.

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