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US Secretary of State reiterated during his stay in the Philippines that the Chinese response to Nancy Pelosi’s “peaceful visit” to Taiwan is disproportionate. During his visit to a traditional US ally, Blinken held meetings to discuss security in the region.
Blinken is in Manila as part of his tour of Asia – at a time when the escalation of tension between the United States and China has put the world on alert – and held meetings with Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. and his counterpart in the country, Enrique Manalo, in which they strengthened their economic, political and security ties.
“We talked about security, reaffirming the US positions that an armed attack by China in the South China Sea would have an immediate US response.“, Blinken pointed out at a press conference.
Within the framework of the Mutual Defense Treaty signed in 1951 by the United States and the Philippines, which refers to the commitment of both nations to defend each other in the event of an attack by third countries and has taken on special importance at a time when the friction in the region.