Blinken reaffirms Locsin the applicability of defense treaty in South China Sea

United States Secretary of State Antony Blinken has reaffirmed to Foreign Affairs Secretary Teddy Locsin, Jr. the applicability of the 1951 US-Philippine Mutual Defense Treaty to the South China Sea.

“Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken spoke today with Philippine Secretary of Foreign Affairs Teodoro Locsin, Jr. Both expressed their shared concerns with the massing of PRC maritime militia vessels in the South China Sea, including at Whitsun Reef, and reiterated their calls on the PRC (People’s Republic of China) to abide by the 2016 arbitration ruling issued pursuant to the Law of the Sea Convention,” US State Department Spokesperson Ned Price said in a statement.

“Secretary Blinken also reaffirmed the applicability of the 1951 U.S.-Philippine Mutual Defense Treaty to the South China Sea,” he added.

Price also said that Blinken and Locsin welcomed enhanced bilateral and multilateral cooperation on the South China Sea.

“Secretary Blinken also discussed the Administration’s efforts to combat rising hate and violence against Asian-Americans,” Price said.