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November 1, 2014

U.S. Strengthens Military Options for China, Reassures Asia Allies

The Wall St. Journal reports that “the U.S. military has prepared options for a muscular response to any future Chinese provocations in the South and East China seas, ranging from displays of B-2 bomber flights near China to aircraft-carrier exercises near its coastal waters, officials said.”

“The menu of options, described by officials briefed on the action plan, reflects concerns that U.S. allies in Asia have questions about the Obama administration’s commitments to its security obligations, particularly after Russia’s seizure of the Crimean peninsula.”

“The security question has closely followed President Barack Obama in recent days during his four-country Asian trip.”

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  • London Eye

    Knowing O’Barmies red lines are no longer red, then anything he says with regard to supporting Asia against the increasingly warmongering Chinese can be had with a ‘pinch of salt~

    • RedRose_13

      Why did you say so? You must be a communist Chinese acting like British promoting pro-communist stance.

  • alberto romero

    What Chinese provocations are you talking about?They already occupied reefs and islets and are in the process of reclaiming those reefs and islets in the west Philippine seas. They are planning to put up military installations and airports for their advance weaponry there. Xi Jin Ping already told the Americans that they will not stand down if they are challenged of their historical rights, their 9 dash line, I mean 10 dash line and their manufactured maps which is recently drawn by Communist Party of China. China is really a liar and a bully. Poor Philippines they have a bully and an aggressive neighbor. I could not blame Japan If they will arm themselves because of China’s bullying.

  • alberto romero

    As for the Philippines we have a corrupt government and corrupt people (by Jose P. Rizal).

  • alberto romero

    As for my love of my country the only thing left I could do is to put sticks of dynamite to the whole part of my body and blow it up to the Chinese intruder.

    • Teeven Polk

      Lol! typical cowards!

  • Jose B. Brotarlo, Jr.

    As for recent and unwarranted incursions by China on the Philippine area of sovereignty, it only validates what Dionysius, a great military leader , once said: ” it is a law of nature, which time shall neither annul nor destroy, that those who have greater strength and power shall bear rule over those who have less.”

  • nixon

    have the 7th fleet pass by the disputed island n see how the chinese coast guard n navy will react

  • jimy neil

    i aggree to nixon. if Obama is sincere, why not let the 7th fleet pass by those disputed islands and have theirnaval exercises to give warning to China that the US will not accept that the south china sea will be under chinese jurisdiction and and the free passage navigation will be under chinese control.

  • Julius Gallego

    there is no world police now…commitment to its asean alleis is just a word of a safe gamer…we could no longer rely our security issue to US knowing that China can spit US face now as what i have observe..lets stand and build a new Philippines on our own….

  • joshua moses

    it is time that the Filipinos armed themselves appropriately…when you say ‘appropriately”, that means the Philippine Armed Forces must acquire needed modern weaponries to respond immediately to the call of arms in defense against an imminent danger to its population and integrity as a nation and as a sovereign state. SUBMARINES MUST BE ACQUIRED IN GREAT NUMBERS AND FIFTH GENERATION FIGHTER AIRCRAFTS, LATEST RADARS AND ANTI-MISSILES/AIRCRAFTS/SHIPS/SUBMARINES MISSILES MUST BE ACQUIRED ASAP

    • Edgardo Legasto

      How young are you man ? Don’t you know that during the tenure of former President Tabako sold part of Fort Bonifacio & Nichols airbase so as to modernize the Armed Forces of The Philippines . Up to now nobody knows what happens and where is the money … the clearest picture is yes pulubi pa din ang Army at umaasa sa pinaglumaan na ibibigay ng Amerika …bakiiit walang nagtatanong kay ex-President Tabako .

    • Mel Abenales

      how could we arm ourselves here in our country that our very own PNP and military are used to buy guns outside the country wre in fact we have a skilled gunsmith here in our country that has the ability to make high powered killing machines against china if and if this idiot admin tap their skill;s…we have a big shipbuilder in Balamban cebu that has the ability to build big ships bigger than the US Fleet..just hope the next prez will make things happen by tapping this untap resouces of our nation

      • Fong Mij

        I doubt if the Philippines can still acquired those sophisticated weaponry to protect the interest of the nation. because of the corruption institutionalize by every Phil officials up this time.

  • Braincleaner

    Lakas mang-uto nang US. Harap-harapan ang patuloy na pagtatayo nang Taiwan, Vietnam, China ng mga structures at improvements sa disputed islands sa China Sea, eh pinanonood lang ng US. Tapos, ang mga utu-utong Pilipinong kolonyal ang pag-iisip, umaasa pa. Ipinasa pa ang unconstitutional na EDCA, at isinuko nang buong-buo ang sovereignty ng Pilipinas sa US. At habang nang-uuto at nanggagago ang mga amerikano, at lantarang sinasabi na nang US na neutral sila at walang kakampihan sa dispute, lumuluhod sa China para ibayong makapangutang dito, at makapag-negosyo sa China, ang mga ulol na Pilipino bilib na bilib sa US, patuloy na nagpapaulol! Ano tawag sa mga taong ganyan? Ha? Tsk tsk tsk.

    • enrico

      para tayong mga aso dito nag tatahol sa buwan..sino po ba ang binubuto nyo sa election? di ba si Enrile, Jinggoy, Bong Revilla, Honasan, trillanes, Lito LApid, Ejercito, merriam, binay, marcos. etc. alam natin kong sino sila diba? ano ba ang ginawa nila para sa bayan?? next election mayroon na naman bagohan… vilma santos , Lanie Mercado, aling dionesia. mrs Binay, Ruben Ecleo Jr, Jinky Pacquiao. kaya alis na kayo sa pinas mentras may time, kami matanda na ok lang..

  • benedicto mendoza

    Dapat kung lalabanan natin ang mga Chinese na ito ay una nating iharap ang mga kasapi ng Anak Bayan;Anak Pawis; KMU at iba pang mga makakaliwa. Hindi ninyo napapansin na wala man lamang silang reaksiyon kapag ang mga Chinese ang nangbubully sa Pinas? Pero ang mga Amerkano na kapag nagpapadala lamang ng barko sa ating bansa todotodo ang kanilang pagtuligsa? Saan kaya ang loyalty ng mga ito? Isinali na nga sa ating pamamalakad ng gobyerno ay gusto pa ring pabagsakin ang ating gobyerno. Dapat nga kung talagang makabayan sila ay UNANG UNA SILANG TUTULIGSA SA MGA PINAGGAGAWA NG CHINA SA ATING BAYAN.

  • Apocalypse

    For our safety and protection’s to our family and country let’s start to buy GUN’s and more ammunitions. Learn this and be responsible.. when time comes… do not stand and wait the help of our corrupt government… we should save our own lives…. kung mag simula na ang gyera sa west Philippine sea di Malabo mag karoon ng civil war dito sa atin…

  • precioso aromin

    hay naku naman..e sinakop na nga ng tsekwa ang scarborough shoal ,……

  • fasdf

    Kawawa naman pinas, walang magawa kundi humingi ng tulong

  • Mel Abenales

    Obvama and the US will not use hismuscle against China because they have a huge unpaid debt to china..and China plays an important role in their nantion by providing themwith a huge finacial support…

    • USN32yrs

      If the US goes against China, what debt are you saying will be paid? Companies are already leaving China and going back to the US. China’s bubble has a leak and will soon burst.

  • http://yahoo.com rog

    Only displays of B-2 bomber flights near China to aircraft-carrier exercises near its coastal waters? China knows that the U.S. only do this that’s why it continues its aggressions.

  • Agaton Quitasol

    The Philippines should build PT boat type vessels for coastal patrol and defence, it could be used also for reconaisance and supply for remote outpost. These boats could be light,and fast, built on plywood or aluminum, the technology is available in the internet, labor are plentiful and he cost is minimal compared to submarines, airplanes and bigger ships, with regards to operation of these PT boats we have plenty of seamen who are experienced in overseas seamen. The Philippine navy should look into this suggestion. In this way the Philippines could not be bullied by China.

  • Simply Sexy

    Kasi itong mga makakaliwa posing to be maka-gobyerno kunyari ay isa sa mga nagpaalis sa US base sa Subic, un tuloy binu-BULLY na tayo ng China… Dapat itong mga to di dapat pinapansin…

  • batobantelis

    The only solution is a sea conflict between China and Philippines so that china can understand the will of the Filipinos over its territories.

    Therefore the Filipinos must start producing its arms now.
    they can have a production contract with Israel and the US….

  • batobantelis

    In this battle between China and Philippines only nuclear missiles of China can defeat the Philippine nation… And that will warrant the 3rd World War in the pacific.
    I am not sure if Communist China is fully interested on that because that will open their political control for oblivion!…
    In this battle between China and Philippines only nuclear missiles of China can defeat the Philippine nation… And that will warrant the 3rd World War in the pacific.
    I am not sure if Communist China is fully interested on that because that will open their political control for oblivion!…
    And if they choose conventional warfare, definitely the West Philippines Sea will be soaked with Chinese blood!…
    Look what happened after the Vietnam conflict, they Chinese befriended with them!
    To the Chinese, a war is the beginning of respect!
    Therefore they must soak these islands with Chinese blood to gain respect (like the Vietnamese) from the Chinese!
    So this is the only remaining viable option for the Filipinos to clear their islands from Chinese occupations!…
    Better for the Filipinos to start preparing now!…
    While the Chinese aircraft carriers are quite sinkable!
    Now is their time to put in battle positions the genuine military Generals!
    Because battles with the Chinese over these west Philippine Islands like Vietnam is inevitable and imminent!

  • batobantelis

    The greatest advantage of the Filipinos over the Chinese is their short distance from these islands.

    The chinese cannot use small fast crafts through these high seas with huge waves.
    The Filipinos can use the incoming typhoons as tactical cover and support .
    They can reach the islands through fast crafts.
    The chinese ships will stand like huge targets swarmed with hundreds of small fast missile and torpedoe boats….
    Ths is what I meant of soaking the islands with Chinese blood!

  • http://www.grinolsson.com/ Grin Olsson

    It is my personal opinion that the USA will flex their naval muscles exclusively around the Scarborough Shoals, Philippines, which was the former U.S. Naval test firing range. This fact alone implicates Filipino sovereignty over the shoals. I’m not so sure about the rest of the South China Sea region, but the shoals, are going to be a flash point without a doubt.

  • al pepoy

    I’m a bit apprehensive with US OF A’S actions against China since it already occupied and reclaimed reefs, shoals and islets. China already put military installations airports and harbors for their advanced weaponry. I doubt US OF A SECURITY OBLIGATIONS IN SOUTH AND EAST CHINA SEAS.

  • chi-dog

    look at this the US will not move at all!! why they are down sizing their soldiers and these military has a LOT less cash on hand 2 import and export with china will go down the tubes and the !st one to feel it will be the Philippine because most of the good good from or thru CHINA 3 look at your BIGGEST political back are ALL CHINESE OWED, controlled, or supplied company
    its hard to fight when your emeny is at the gate and inside playing house

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