National Institute for South China Sea Studies (NISCSS) said China is not happy with the signing of Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement. EDCA was signed by Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin and US Ambassador Philip Goldberg during US President Barack Obama’s visit.
NISCSS head Wu Shicun said United States is “using freedom of navigation as an excuse to interfere in the South China Sea” and do some intelligence activities. NISCSS is China’s think tank for South China Sea.
US is vocal about its interest in Asia-Pacific and whatever happens in the region is not just important for US but also for the world. In this case, US is in the move to modernize its alliances. EDCA is one proof.
Obama said, during his Philippine state visit, “Our goal is not to counter China; our goal is not to contain China. Our goal is to make sure that international rules and norms are respected, and that includes in the area of maritime disputes.”
With EDCA US will be given access to Philippine bases to harbor US Navy warships and accommodate increased rotating US troops. Philippines is planning to offer naval bases facing South China Sea.
Philippines and US clarify that there is no target country.