How the Philippines has been on edge as China intensifies its military buildup
In an interview with CNN Philippines, retired Lieutenant General (retd) John D’Aleo, who commanded the US Pacific Command in the 1990s, said that he thinks China has been increasing its military presence in the South China Sea to counter what he calls a U.S. “pivot to Asia.”
He said that while China has a legitimate interest in the region, the Philippines is seeing it as a means to build its own national identity and military power.
“They are taking advantage of this as a way to build their own identity and national power.
I think that is a very dangerous strategy,” D’Aero said.
He said the Philippines should have no illusions about the United States’ capabilities in the area.
“The United States has capabilities to protect the Philippines.
The United States is the world’s only superpower, and the Philippines would be nothing without the United Kingdom, France, the United Arab Emirates and so on,” he said.
D’Aoro is not the only senior military officer to suggest that the United State’s military presence is growing in the Philippines in response to China’s aggressive posture in the disputed South China sea.
Earlier this month, the US Army announced it will deploy thousands of troops to the Philippines for training, exercises and exercises in the next few years.
Last week, the Philippine defense minister said the military will soon conduct an exercise with the United Nations and the International Criminal Court (ICC) to strengthen ties with the court.