By MATTHEW PENNINGTON, Associated Press – 2 days ago
WASHINGTON (AP) — China's assertive behavior is breathing life into America's historically tumultuous relationship with the Philippines.
With Washington turning its attention more to the Asia-Pacific region, the U.S. and the Philippines last week held the first joint meeting of their top diplomats and defense chiefs. The U.S. increased military aid and resolved to help its ally on maritime security.
I'm guessing China is going to find everybody in the region lining up against them. We'll probably also see Japan and SK expand their militaries more so than otherwise. I wouldn't be surprised if they are both looking at what it would take to develop nuclear weapons if need be.
"It's nice to get stuff you don't pay for, but that's not helping defense reform and modernization ... "
In a sign of the possible pitfalls, the 76mm main gun on the first cutter, the Gregorio del Pilar, suffered a glitch that the Philippines has to repair.
Southeast Asians learned how to get along by agreeing to disagree on territorial issues. They did this on the premise of economic stability and growth.
It's China's fault for opening a pandoras box by making claims.