Providing domain awareness in South China Sea is among US’ key goals

“One of our key goals with our partners here is to provide domain awareness, both in the air and in this case, in the maritime. So we have a good understanding of what’s going on,” United States Pacific Air Forces commander General Charles Brown said during a telephone press briefing on August 16.

General Brown and US Air Force chief-of-staff General David Goldfein were in Manila for a visit from August 15 to 18.

General Brown explained that having maritime domain awareness is essential “so, in negotiations in support of our diplomats, they have accurate information based on our best ability to provide it to them, to ensure we can have that access to the global commons as well as ensuring a rules-based international order is adhered to.”

General Goldfein said “part of our engagement here, and our presence here, is to make sure that we keep the global commons open for all.  And everybody benefits when we can have freedom of navigation, to include China.”

The US Embassy in Manila said Brown and Goldfein met with key policymakers, including Undersecretary of National Defense Cardozo Luna, Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Chief-of-Staff General Benjamin Madrigal, and Philippine Air Force (PAF) Commanding General Lieutenant General Rozzano Briguez.

“Our relationship with the PAF remains strong and will continue to grow. As like-minded nations who believe in a free and open Indo-Pacific and respect for one another’s sovereignty and sovereign territory, our common interests draw us together,” said General Goldfein.