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
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
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
An Influential Think Tank in America said that it is possible for
China to declare an Air Defense Identification Zone in the West
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.