Biden admin issues stern warning to China amid reported threats of attack against the Philippines

President Joe Biden’s Secretary of State Anthony Blinken issued a stern warning to China on Wednesday after the nation apparently threatened the Philippines, a U.S. ally, with “lethal force” in areas that could include the South China Sea, through which up to two-thirds of the world’s oil travels.

“Secretary Blinken stressed the importance of the Mutual Defense Treaty for the security of both nations, and its clear application to armed attacks against the Philippines armed forces, public vessels, or aircraft in the Pacific, which includes the South China Sea,” State Department spokesman Ned Price said, according to the Washington Examiner.

“The big concern”

The warning was similar to a statement made by then-Secretary of State Mike Pompeo just before President Donald Trump left office reminding China that an attack against a U.S. ally would be treated as an attack against the United States.

But China has claimed large amounts of territory in the South China Sea that do not belong to it, the Examiner notes, and is now threatening attacks on nations that invade that territory.

“The big concern is that through the militarization of the South China Sea…[freedom of] navigation is at risk through the South China Sea,” one former Trump administration official said, according to the Examiner.

“Half to two-thirds of seaborne oil transport in the world goes through the South China Sea, and a bunch of non-energy-related waterway,” the official added.

Chinese aggression

The latest reported threats are part of a larger pattern of Chinese aggression that includes a lack of respect for sovereign rights previously given to territories Taiwan and Hong Kong, and even a failure to give honest information about the coronavirus to the U.S. in the early days of infection.

And China has not shown itself above using force against those it thinks are infringing on its territory. In August, one of its massive white-hulled vessels struck and sank a Vietnamese fishing boat in the South China Sea, as the Examiner reported.

“They are being understandably alarmist because they have good reason for alarm,” Center for Strategic and International Studies analyst Gregory Poling said of the Philippine foreign secretary’s assessment, according to the Examiner. “If the Chinese Coast Guard is now authorized to use lethal force…and they consider waters 50 miles from the coast of the Philippines to be Chinese waters, well, now you’ve got a big problem.”

“They’re not competition for us”

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has not exactly been cooperative with the U.S. in its efforts to keep relations civil between the two nations, but Blinken’s statement was a good step toward a recognition of the scope of the Chinese problem in the region. “They understand that they don’t have time to play around,” Poling remarked, as the Examiner reported.

For its part, the Biden administration’s relationship with China has been enigmatic, with Biden having shown disdain for China’s power and ability to compete with the U.S. on the campaign trail, and, at the same time, failing to acknowledge his son’s reported business dealings in the country.

“China is going to eat our lunch? Come on, man,” Biden said on the campaign trail in May, according to NBC News. “I mean, you know, they’re not bad folks, folks. But guess what? They’re not competition for us.”

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  1. Biden reportedly got Half of the money his son, Hunter acquired from CHINA, so why would China give a crap what is said by Pres. Biden. China OWNS that ENTIRE family and not afraid to show it. I doubt any American can question that; when Biden keeps leaning in their direction. Nowadays most Americans are pretty savvy about what is going on in this world.

    1. I agree with the first part of your comment 100% but respectfully have a problem with the last part. If ,as you say, most of our public knows what is going on we would not have this senile criminal in our white house . We also would not have the same incompetents perpetually re-elected. I believe that is true to the definition of insanity…..i e. Keep doing the same thing over and over while expecting different results.

      1. All these People are the same,It`s all about who they can make pay next! China.American tax payers Republicans. Unborn Babies, and on and on, They don`t give a damn as long as someone PAYS.

      2. if and when they ever correct our voting system we will always have the same thing over again. WE MUST CORRECT OUR VOTING SYSTEM NOW.

    2. Your 100 % right!
      (Joe) Yea China, this is Joe, did you send my last month dues?

      (China) the check is in the mail Joe! As long as you do what we say your check will be in the mail “Joe”!

      (Joe) Oh, ok no problem we’ll do!

    3. ALL YOU FOLKS OUT THERE, FIND STEVE HILTON SHOW FROM SUN 1-31-21 ON FACEBOOK AND OTHER CHANNELS IF YOU CAN. CHINA IS GETTING BACK AT JOE FOR LETTING THEM TAKE ALL THE BLAME FOR THE VIRUS! YES IT WAS THE BIRTH PLACE, BUT FAUCI AND DYZAK, BOTH SO CALLED DR S ARE TO BLAME! STARTED WITH SARS, BAT VIRUS AND KEPT AT IT TILL THE COMINATION AFFECTED HUMANS. MILLIONS ARE DEAD CUZ HIH AND THESE KILLERS PLAYED WITH OUR LIFES. BO TOLD THEM TO STOP. VP HAD TO KNOW. DEFIED BO AND WENT AHEAD! PLEASE DO NOT DELETE, THE WORLD NEEDS TO KNOW! AND START PUTTING TOGETHER ALL THATS BEEN GOING ON AND THE PICTURES OF THE 4 EVIL ONES IN CHINA. GATES SAYS WE ARE OVER POPULATED. HE WAS THERE WITH PIGGY, FAUCI, AND IT LOOKED LIKE E.JOHN. THINK WHATS BEEN GOING ON HERE?

  2. China knows we now have a senile buffoon in our white house with flaming leftist as his puppet master. They have no respect or fear of this administration and its team of incompetents.

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  4. They are not bad folks? Whats he saying, better RED than Dead? His family is making a fortune from China.

  5. That Biden quote is just plain stupid. I guess we have an idiot as an illegitimate president now. China is no competition, really sleepy Joe?

  6. They would not have started that when President Donald Trump was in power.
    I am not surprised that reBiden they are now taking advantage.

  7. well the left got what they wanted Biden and china what a deal two dictator only left can come up with this deal

  8. If you`re not observant enough to see that THE BIDENS are completely compromised you need to take off you blinders and open your eyes THIS IS NOT A DUPLICATE VUUKLE PLEASE PUT IT BACK UP

  9. Impeach the democratic party.

    A third world government terrorist take over.
    1. Rule by executive order
    2. Putting a predecessor on trial.
    3. Censorship of opposition.
    4. Attacking the private sector.
    5. Exploiting identity politics.
    6. Challenging judicial independence.
    7. Purging former officials
    8. Encouraging a slavish media.
    9. Military in the streets.

    I am terrified.

    1. Even worse see that he and bo knew about the virus! See Steve Hilton show from sunday 1-31-21. Bo told them to stop messing with the virus. Went around him and look at all the DEAD! Please do not delete as this info affects us all!

  10. It saddens me to see our country go into ruins because of greed. The Democratic’s don’t care who they ruin as longs as they get what they want.
    We all know that the election was stolen. President Trump was the best ever for our country. It’s a shame the hard work that Trump has done for the American people.
    But, he knows he still has a large following.
    A civil war could be brewing.

  11. A blind person could see that Trump was handling the Chi-coms. The “Sniffer” can’t even remember where in the hell he’s at!!!! And Knee-pads will do much worse when she takes over…..

  12. What’s Joe gonna do anyways, throw some Keystone Pipes at them if they get out of line?
    There’ll be no fuel to lend a hand, so Planes, Boats and Military are useless as just like what happened to the Nazis did in northern Africa, ran out of fuel. How about those electric Rockets powered by wind turbines and Solar Panels, eh?
    If it becomes a Ground battle, before any side throws a bomb over, you’ll hear a voice yell out, “anybody over there got Covid”? You do now.
    Can’t rely on the Green Team as all they do is yell and go hide.
    What about all those Muslims that hate the West’s guts while standing by watching Genocide down East.
    America had its chance with Trump in Power, but never fear, the Hollywood Elite to the rescue, right Joe?
    Time for everybody, everywhere to have cooler heads that will prevail and work together.
    We can only beat this if we’re honest.

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