By: Elena Grace Flores
It is a general knowledge that the ruling in the South China Sea that favored the Philippines is backed by the Americans and their allies that have been calling China to respect international law. They however rejected the pleas. In fact, the Chinese defense minister called on the military, police and general population to be ready to defend the country’s alleged territorial integrity now that the situation becomes tense.
Serious national security must be imposed for any threats in China’s waters, Chang said. National defense issues because national sovereignty and territorial integrity must be known by all especially when they are at risk of invasion, according to the minister – contrary to the ruling that China has no sovereignty over the disputed territories.
The US Navy has acted upon China’s aggressiveness by dispatching warships and military planes to the immediate accessible base of the disputed islands, to ensure the principles of freedom of navigation in international waters. Washington has been also involved in conducting military drills in conjunction with the Philippines, India and Japan.
Beijing has criticized the move of the Americans as provocation for war and responded by installing missiles.