On Sunday, US Vice President Kamala Harrill will leave for the Philippines.
During this, she will underline the American commitment to the defense of the Philippines.
Kamala Harris will meet President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. on Monday.
Manila. US Vice President Kamala Harris will underline America’s commitment to its defense during her visit to the Philippines starting on Sunday. During her trip to the Philippines, Harris will also visit Palawan, an island province whose coast borders the disputed South China Sea. America has been accusing China of threatening the smaller claimant countries of the South China Sea.
A senior US administration official told an online briefing ahead of the trip that after attending the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in Thailand, Harris will fly to Manila on Sunday night and meet President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. on Monday. Will meet The official said the talks are aimed at consolidating Washington’s oldest treaty alliance in Asia and strengthening economic ties.
Harris said his visit to Thailand was ‘very successful’. He reiterated America’s commitment to the region Sunday afternoon at a roundtable on climate change. A panel of climate activists, civil society members and industry leaders discussed clean energy and the threat posed by climate change to the Mekong River. More than 60 million people in Southeast Asia use this river for food, water and transportation.
Harris announced that the US plans to provide up to $20 million for clean energy in the region through the Japan-US Mekong Energy Partnership. Before her flight, Harris stopped at a local market and chatted with shopkeepers. She will fly to Palawan province on the South China Sea coast on Tuesday to meet fishermen, villagers, officials and coast guards.
The South China Sea dispute involves China, the Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia, Brunei and Taiwan. According to Philippine Coast Guard spokesman Commodore Armand Balilo, the Philippine Coast Guard will receive Harris aboard one of its largest patrol vessels, the BRP Teresa Magbanua in Palawan. Harris will also give a speech there. The US official said Harris would highlight the importance of international law, unimpeded commerce and freedom of navigation in the South China Sea.
Responding to a question, the official said that China can see the visit in whatever way it wants to, but the message from Washington is that as a member of the Indo-Pacific, the US is committed to the security of its allies in the region. Is. Jose Manuel Romualdez, the Philippine ambassador to Washington, said Harris’ visit to Palawan reflected US support for an ally and a level of concern over China’s actions in the disputed sea.
FIRST PUBLISHED : November 20, 2022, 18:46 IST