China And Philippines Standoff Warrants A Warning From The United States

Our world is heavily interconnected. In the eyes of politicians, threats to their allies from opposition are often interpreted as a threat to their own sovereignty and world peace as a whole. Recently, China conducted the use of water cannons on the Philippines’ resupply boats in the South China Sea, which prevented the nation from providing their offshore bases with necessary supplies for their survival. These ships were situated in the Phillipine’s exclusive economic zone in the South China Sea where they are supposed to have full operative approval to send ships and supplies through the region. China’s assault was unlawful, and impeded Filipinos from receiving the assistance they require, and also served as a threat to the safety of workers on the ships. 

In response, the United States State department spokesman Ned Price said “[B]eijing should not interfere with lawful Philippine activities in the Philippines’ exclusive economic zone.” Being the oldest security ally for the U.S. in Southeast Asia, protection of the Philippines is of utmost importance for American interests in this region. Price also stated “the [U.S.] stands with our Philippine allies in upholding the rules based international maritime order and reaffirms that an armed attack on Philippine public vessels in the South China Sea would invoke U.S. mutual defense commitments.”

In other words, the U.S. is committed to serving as the Philippines international source of militaristic security, and any threat to their safety is cause for action. For the sake of world peace and the initiatives that our organization stands by, it is paramount that such an event never occurs as its externalities would include risking the lives of many American, Chinese, and Filipino citizens. 

This news comes during a time where China has pitted itself against multiple allies of the U.S. such as Taiwan, which exacerbates any tension that these two international superpowers may have against each other. The Organization for World Peace believes in non violent resolution for all global issues, and it is important during times like this that a peaceful message resonates with all factions. It is vital to the protection of all natives in this region that the powers at hand in both the U.S. and China enter peaceful discourse, and negotiate a harmonious end to any disagreement between China and Filipino operations in the South China Sea.

In times like this, cooperation from all factions is essential to deescalating internal and external tensions, so all sides can move on executing their regular tasks and functionality without risk of casualty or conflict. Luckily, the Pentagon’s statement on their communications with the Philippines resembled these sentiments: “they agreed on the vital importance of peace and stability in the South China Sea and pledged to stay in close contact in the coming days.” With fast acting communication, and cooperation from all factions, it is not impossible to imagine a world without the tragedies we incur due to political inefficiency, and it is the OWP’s long term goal to promote this mentality.

 

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