US–Japan–Philippines Defense Agreement, China “Strongly Opposed”

The USA has pledged to protect its allies in the event of a Beijing attack

A White House summit took place between US President Joe Biden, Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, and his Philippine counterpart Ferdinando Marcos Jr. The result was increased cooperation between three important “players” in the Pacific and a pact, under which the United States would commit to defend the Philippines in the event of an “attack” in the South China Sea. It was the anti-China “mutual defense” treaty that followed numerous skirmishes between the Philippines and China in that stretch of sea. Japan, the Philippines, and the USA explained that they were “concerned about the dangerous and aggressive behavior of the People’s Republic of China in the area.”

China’s reaction was immediate, saying it was “extremely dissatisfied and strongly opposed.” Foreign Ministry spokesman Mao Ning explained: “Ignoring China’s serious concerns, the United States and Japan have slandered and attacked China over Taiwan and maritime issues, blatantly interfered in China’s internal affairs, and flagrantly violated the fundamental norms governing international relations,” the Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman said.

China calls all its actions in this area “legitimate” and “resolutely opposes relevant countries manipulating the bloc’s policies, as well as strongly opposes any behavior that provokes opposition and harms the strategic security and interests of other countries.”