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Tue Nov 22, 2022, 12:52 PM

VP Harris urges defense of sovereignty in South China Sea

Source: AP

By JIM GOMEZ

PUERTO PRINCESA, Philippines (AP) — Vice President Kamala Harris urged countries on Tuesday to stand up for territorial integrity and freedom of navigation in the South China Sea, which has been challenged by China, and said Washington would press an international campaign against “irresponsible behavior” in the disputed waters.

Harris did not cite China by name but was obviously referring to Beijing when she underscored America’s support to treaty ally the Philippines “in the face of intimidation and coercion in the South China Sea.”

She spoke aboard a Philippine coast guard patrol ship docked in Puerto Princesa in the western island province of Palawan, which lies at the edge of the disputed waters. The highly symbolic visit was the last leg of a two-day visit that kicked off in Manila on Monday with talks with President Ferdinand Marcos Jr.

Citing profound stakes for America and the international community in the region, particularly in the busy South China Sea, she called for a broad effort to fight for unimpeded commerce and freedom of navigation and overflight in the disputed waters.



In this photo provided by the Philippine Coast Guard, U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris, right, is given a tour on board the Philippine Coast Guard BRP Teresa Magbanua (MRRV-9701) during her visit to Puerto Princesa, Palawan province, western Philippines on Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2022. Harris visited a western Philippines island province at the edge of the South China Sea on Tuesday to amplify America's support to its treaty ally and underline U.S. interest in freedom of navigation in the disputed waters, where it has repeatedly chastised China for belligerent actions. (Philippine Coast Guard via AP)



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