Chinese expert: If tensions escalate, US support for PHL, Japan will be ‘limited’

The United States will only give “limited” support to Japan and the Philippines if ever the situation between the two countries and China worsens, a Chinese expert said Wednesday.

A report posted on Chinese website SINA quoted Ruan Zongze, vice president and senior research fellow at the China Institute of International Studies (CIIS), as saying that he expects that the US  won’t “go too far” in supporting Japan and the Philippines.

He explained that although the US assures support for its allies, the assurance is “limited.”

“This tension must be managed under certain circumstances, but at the same time, if the tension comes to a tipping point, the Americans will press the brake. They are not going too far. Even our bigger dispute with Japan, will Americans really fight for Japanese over the Diaoyu Islands? I don’t believe so,” he said.

The South China Sea, part of which is known in the Philippines as West Philippine Sea, is dotted with islands, shoals, cays, reefs and rock formations and is believed to be rich in oil and natural gas. Analysts feared the conflicts involving the China, Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia, Brunei and Taiwan, could be Asia’s next flashpoint.

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