WORLD | US VP HARRIS VISIT | MANILA- | U.S. Rebukes China For ‘Intimidation and Coercion’ in South China Sea

Vice President Kamala Harris pledged U.S. support to the Philippines against Chinese assertiveness in a speech from the edge of the South China Sea on Tuesday.

Harris, the most senior Biden administration official to visit the Philippines so far, told her Filipino hosts that Washington would stand with Manila “in the face of intimidation and coercion in the South China Sea.”

She also reaffirmed U.S. backing for the Permanent Court of Arbitration’s 2016 ruling in Philippines v. China, “which delivered a unanimous and final decision firmly rejecting China‘s expansive South China Sea maritime claims.”

“The tribunal’s decision is legally binding and must be respected,” said the vice president. “We will continue to rally our allies and partners against unlawful and irresponsible behavior.”

China rejects the findings in their entirety and insists it has historic rights to all islands and features in the South China Sea within its “nine-dash line.”

Kamala Harris Rebukes China From The Philippines
Vice President Kamala Harris delivers remarks on Philippine Coast Guard ship BRP Teresa Magbanua on November 22, 2022, at Puerto Princesa, Palawan.HAIYUN JIANG/POOL/AFP VIA GETTY IMAGES
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