China says US has no right to get involved in its problems with Philippines

BEIJING (Reuters) -The United States does not have the ideal to get included in issues between China and the Philippines, the Chinese overseas ministry stated on Thursday, as tensions simmer over conflicts in disputed waters of the South China Sea.

“The U.S. is not get together to the South China Sea problem, it has no suitable to get associated in a trouble concerning China and the Philippines,” mentioned ministry spokesperson Mao Ning at a frequent press briefing when requested about the U.S. indicating it will defend the Philippines.

China and the Philippines have experienced various superior-profile confrontations in the South China Sea, most notably in disputed waters around the Second Thomas Shoal, aspect of the Spratly Islands.

Last Sunday, a Chinese vessel collided with a Philippine boat, with Manila condemning “in the strongest degree” the “unsafe blocking manoeuvres” of the vessel.

“The U.S. assure of defending the Philippines have to not hurt China’s sovereignty and maritime pursuits in the South China Sea, and it also must not enable and encourage the unlawful statements of the Philippines,” Mao stated.

A spokesperson for the Philippine overseas ministry did not immediately answer to a request for comment.

U.S. President Joe Biden said on Wednesday at the White Residence that America’s commitment to Philippines defence stays “iron-clad,” after accusing China of performing “dangerously and unlawfully” in the South China Sea.

“Any assault on the Filipino aircraft, vessels, or armed forces will invoke … our Mutual Defence Treaty with the Philippines,” Biden explained in remarks for the duration of a joint assembly with Australia’s primary minister.

The United States and the Philippines lately agreed on new recommendations for their 1951 Mutual Defence Treaty. The pointers now particularly mention that mutual defence commitments would be invoked if there were an armed attack on both region “anywhere in the South China Sea”.

(Reporting by Eduardo Baptista and Bernard Orr Editing by Muralikumar Anantharaman and Michael Perry)