US in a Senate resolution reaffirmed its defense treaty with PH and Japan

US 113th Congress passed Senate Resolution No. 412 entitled “Reaffirming the strong support of the United States Government for freedom of navigation and other internationally lawful uses of sea and airspace in the Asia-Pacific region, and for the peaceful diplomatic resolution of outstanding territorial and maritime claims and disputes.”

The resolution iterates Unites States of America’s longstanding alliance with Japan, South Korea, Australia, Philippines, and Thailand.

It also reaffirms that territorial and maritime claims must be based on land features and conform with international law.

US said that though it does not have a claim in South and East China Sea, US promotes peaceful and diplomatic resolution of dispute in accordance with international law free from coercion and intimidation.

The resolution also acknowledged that Senkaku Islands is under the administration of Japan and opposes any unilateral actions that would undermine Japan’s administration. US also said that any armed attack in any territory administered by Japan will activate Treaty of Mutual Cooperation and Security.

It also reaffirmed United States-Philippines Mutual Defense Treaty specifically Article V saying, “an armed attack on either of the parties is deemed to include an armed attack on the metropolitan territory of either of the parties, or on the island territories under its jurisdiction in the Pacific or on its armed forces, public vessels or aircraft in the Pacific.”

Philippines is thankful for US’ “unwavering commitment and support for allies and partners in the Asia-Pacific Region, including long-standing United States policy regarding Article V of the United States-Philippines Mutual Defense Treaty,” Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said Sunday.

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