China threatens “counterstrike” at PhilippinesJuly 2, 2013
The foreign ministers of the ten Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) held an annual meeting last weekend, during which the Filipino FM issued a statement deploring Chinese intransigence on sovereignty issues in the South China Sea. China asserts sovereignty over nearly the entire body of water, including areas that are within internationally recognized waters of several other nations. The Filipino statement called on the other 9 ASEAN nations to stand up in solidarity to Chinese threats and military challenges. In response, China’s own foreign ministry called the Filipino communique a “provocation” and threatened an unspecified “counterstrike” might be targeted at the Philippines.
This falls right in line with yesterday’s post about increased Chinese aggressiveness throughout the region.