Just my opinion
By Raïssa Robles
I was glad to hear ABS-CBN reporter RG Cruz ask Obama the question:
“Will the US defend the Philippines in case the territorial dispute with China in the West Philippine Sea or the South China Sea become an armed conflict?”
Obama’s answer danced around the question. He said, in part:
“We do not have claims in this area territorially. We are an Asia Pacific nation and our prominent interest is peaceful resolution of conflict…And we don’t even take specific positions on the disputes between nations.”
The sentence – “And we don’t even take specific positions on the disputes between nations” – mystified me.
Because just last week, Obama categorically took a specific position in the case of Senkaku or Diaoyu island, claimed by both Japan and China. You can watch Obama’s reply mentioning Senkaku during his press conference in Tokyo below:
Some netizens have said that now is not the time to push the US on this issue.
If not now, when?
So, will this give China a hint which territory to grab first?
[Note: The photo of US President Barack Obama giving a toast during the state dinner in Malacañang Palace is a pooled photo taken by Francis Malasig of the European Presssphoto Agency (EPA) just hours ago.]