West Philippine Sea Armed Confrontation Possible

By | May 21, 2015


Commander Jonathan Odom, Oceans Policy Adviser, US Secretary of

Defense, said that the ongoing tension in the West Philippine

Sea might result into an armed confrontation.


Odom said, clearly one of the most realistic concerns right now

is a situation spinning out of control based upon miscalculation

and misunderstanding between two of the claimants once you get

two aircraft or two vessel in the vicinity of one another it can

spin out of control.


Then you have the issue of nations feeling compelled to deal

with nationalism and countries must show their citizens that they

are strong.


He said this in a briefing in the Pentagon attended by journalists

including Philippine journalists and journalists from the following

countries: Malaysia, Vietnam, Thailand, Indonesia, Singapore and



Odom clarified that America do not side with any claimant country

but they are against any country having excessive maritime

territorial claim.


Odom said that based on US existing freedom of navigation policy,

the US will challenge the excessive maritime claims in two ways under

the freedom of navigation program. US will challenge it through

diplomatic protest and military activity. This military operational

activity may be carried out by the US Air force, US Navy or US

Coast Guard.


An Influential Think Tank in America said that it is possible for

China to declare an Air Defense Identification Zone in the West

Philippine Sea.


When China declared ADIZ (Air Defense Identification Zone) in

the East China Sea, US and Japan did not comply.


China is building this artificial islands to give them a defacto

capability to enforce an Air Defense Identification Zone. China

did not declare or announce the ADIZ as it knew that most of the

Asian countries if not all will go against it.


The Think Tank said it is possible that the US will help in

improving the condition of the Philippine ship BRP Siera Madre,

the dilapidated ship of the Philippine Navy which serves as an

outpost of the Philippine military in Ayungin Shoal.


Pentagon neither confirmed nor denied their intention to help

improve the Philippine Navy ship grounded in Ayungin Shoal.


Several times before, China interfered with the troop

re-provisioning missions of the the Philippine Military in the

West Philippine Sea.


The United States will be in a stronger position if it will give

more backing to the Philippine, the think tank said.

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