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Philippines says US obliged to defend Filipino forces if they’re attacked in disputed Spratlys
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Source: Associated Press

Philippines says US obliged to defend Filipino forces if they’re attacked in disputed Spratlys
By Associated Press, Updated: Wednesday, June 22, 4:12 AM

MANILA, Philippines — Philippine officials say U.S. forces are obliged to help defend Filipino troops, ships or aircraft under a 1951 Mutual Defense Treaty if they come under attack in the disputed Spratly Islands in the South China Sea.

The Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs says in a policy paper, which was seen by The Associated Press on Wednesday, that the treaty requires Washington to help defend Filipino forces if they come under attack in the Spratlys.

The potentially oil- and gas-rich Spratly Islands have long been regarded as one of Asia’s possible flashpoints for conflict. China, the Philippines and Vietnam have been trading barbs and diplomatic protests recently over overlapping territorial claims, reigniting tension.



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