A Philippine navy frigate anchored near Thitu Island. Photo: AFP

US more likely than the Philippines to end up in ‘shooting war’ in South China Sea, says defence chief Delfin Lorenzana

  • The Philippines is looking to review its defence treaty with the US to clarify the actions needed to be taken in the event of a conflict in disputed regions
  • The defence chief says US activity in the South China Sea may lead the Philippines to be ‘involved in a war that we do not seek and do not want’ under current treaty obligations
Topic |   The Philippines

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A Philippine navy frigate anchored near Thitu Island. Photo: AFP
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Philippine Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jnr and US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. Photo: AP

US promises to defend the Philippines from ‘armed attack’ in South China Sea, as Manila mulls review of defence treaty

  • Secretary of State Mike Pompeo made the pledge after meeting Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte
  • His statement angered Beijing, which views US activity in the disputed waters as a violation of its sovereignty
Topic |   South China Sea

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Philippine Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jnr and US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. Photo: AP
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