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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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  -Philippines says US obliged to defend Filipino forces if they’re attacked in disputed Spratlys Judi Lynn  Jun-22-11 04:33 AM   #0 
  - oil! send in the troops from afganistan...  madrchsod   Jun-22-11 06:21 AM   #1 
  - why must our children be sacrificed continuously on the altar of the Corporate Oil Interest's God?.....  ElsewheresDaughter   Jun-22-11 06:28 AM   #2 
  - Bingo. It's part of the cost to us of the "free" market.  No Elephants   Jun-23-11 03:24 AM   #9 
  - Most of the nations in SE Asia are worried about China's increasing power  FLPanhandle   Jun-22-11 06:29 AM   #3 
  - that's fine with me...the sooner we will develope green alternatives  ElsewheresDaughter   Jun-22-11 06:31 AM   #4 
  - Since it would be redundant to mention the oil again my question is  cstanleytech   Jun-22-11 07:13 AM   #5 
  - It probably is still valid.  atreides1   Jun-22-11 12:41 PM   #7 
     - Yes but my question is since they didnt want to renew the lease for the bases  cstanleytech   Jun-22-11 02:51 PM   #8 
     - No. .  No Elephants   Jun-23-11 03:26 AM   #10 
     - Just ask any American Indian whether that matters.  sofa king   Jun-23-11 05:20 AM   #12 
  - Wha.... did somebody say OIL? Ships are on their way.  harun   Jun-22-11 09:01 AM   #6 
  - Phew! I was beginning to worry we'd run out of new places in which to war.  No Elephants   Jun-23-11 03:30 AM   #11 
  - Good luck with that shit..  Blue_Tires   Jun-23-11 08:09 AM   #13 
 

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