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Philippines-United States ties: 2021 developments

Philippines-United States ties: 2021 developments

LATEST UPDATE: April 9, 2021 - 10:33am
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2 days ago

In a phone call earlier today, Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. and US State Secretary Antony Blinken shared concerns with the massing of Chinese maritime militia vessels in the West Philippine Sea, including Julian Felipe (Whitsun) Reef, US State Department Ned Price says.

The two foreign ministers also reiterate their calls on China to abide by the 2016 arbitration ruling issued pursuant to the Law of the Sea Convention.

"Secretary Blinken also reaffirmed the applicability of the 1951 U.S.-Philippine Mutual Defense Treaty to the South China Sea," Price says.

3 days ago

The United States reiterates its commitment to its Mutual Defense Treaty with the Philippines amid the continuing presence of Chinese militia ships in the West Philippine Sea.

US State Department spokesperson Ned Price echoes the earlier statement of State Secretary Antony Blinken, expressing concerns on the latest development in Julian Felipe (Whitsun) Reef.

"As we have stated before, an armed attack against the Philippines armed forces, public vessels, or aircraft in the Pacific, including in the South China Sea, will trigger our obligations under the U.S.-Philippines Mutual Defense Treaty," Price tells reporters in a press briefing on Wednesday.

The transcript of this press briefing can be accessed here.

March 29, 2021

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken reiterates the position of Washington on the presence of China's maritime militia at Julian Felipe Reef in the West Philippine Sea.

"We will always stand by our allies and stand up for the rules-based international order," Blinken tweets Monday morning (Manila time).

March 16, 2021

The United States hands over P3.7 million ($75,000) worth of underwater equipment to the Philippine National Police - Maritime Group in support of its underwater crime scene investigation program.

On Monday, representatives from the US Department of State, US Department of Defense and US Coast Guard turned over 12 sets of scuba gear, underwater evidence collection items and some related training equipment to PNP-MG director PBrig. Gen. John Mitchell Jamili.

The US has funded the PNP's underwater crime scene investigation program since 2016.

March 5, 2021

The United States, the biggest COVAX donor, welcomes the arrival of 487,200 doses of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines in the Philippines, the US Embassy in Manila says.

The US has so far donated P97.2 billion ($2 billion) to COVAX "to ensure the Philippines and other countries receive COVID-19 vaccines."

"As we fight the pandemic together, the United States will continue to support the Philippines’ vaccination and COVID-19 mitigation efforts," US Embassy Chargé d’Affaires John Law says.

February 10, 2021

US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin affirms Washington's commitment to the US-Philippines alliance in an introductory phone call with Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana.

The US Department of Defense, known as the Pentagon, says Austin highlighted the value of Visiting Forces Agreement between the two countries.

Lorenzana and Austin also talked about regional security challenges, including the South China Sea, counterterrorism and maritime security.

 

A thread of major developments in the bilateral relations between the Philippines and the United States from January to December 2021. (Presidential photo/Joey Dalumpines and AFP/Angela Weiss)

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