Ex-admiral says US should defend Panatag
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The United States should be willing to use military force to oppose Chinese aggression at a disputed reef off the coast of the Philippines, a former commander of US forces in the Pacific told a congressional hearing on Wednesday. Dennis Blair made the recommendation to a Senate panel, a day after an international tribunal invalidated Beijing’s expansive claims in the South China Sea. The objective was not to pick a fight with China at the disputed Panatag Shoal, internationally known as Scarborough Shoal, but to set a limit on its military coercion, Blair said.
Ex-admiral says US should defend Panatag. (2016, July 15). Philippine Daily Inquirer, p. A21.
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Military operations; Disputes; Territorial waters; Exclusive economic zone; Rights; Artificial islands; Land reclamation; Jurisdiction; Law of the sea; International law; Philippine Navy; Philippine Coast Guard; Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague; Blair, Dennis; Campbell, Kurt; Clinton, Hillary; Obama, Barack; Liu, Zhenmin; Sung, Kim
- Philippine Daily Inquirer