Duterte will 'go to war' if China crosses 'red lines'

U.S. Navy: Chinese warships maneuvered in

The Philippines is prepared to go to war if military personnel are harmed in disputed waters, a top security official said on Wednesday, firing back at criticism the government was going soft on China and allowing it to militarize the South China Sea.

Mattis said the USA will continue those operations.

Philippines island construction: the island nation itself "has started repairing a runway and upgrading other facilities on Thitu Island, the South China Sea territory that was a year ago the scene of a stand-off between Chinese and Philippine vessels", according to the South China Morning Post.

Mattis said USA ships are maintaining a "steady drumbeat" of naval operations and will confront "what we believe is out of step with worldwide law".

US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis has criticized what he says is China's militarization of artificial islands in the South China Sea, against its promise to the United States. "Whatever their professions are - justice, politician, newsman, journalist - if we lost a single island during Duterte's time, I will pack my bags, go home and I will not serve the public in any elected or appointed position".

China claims most of the South China Sea, through which about US$3-trillion worth of goods passes every year.

Mattis said USA diplomats were engaged on the issue and he had heard concerns about Chinese actions not just from within the United States government, but also from regional allies.

"It's unhelpful to mutual understanding between China and the US".

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He said that although they are covered less extensively, China's coast guard and naval patrols, announced last week, represent a preemptive move to tell counter-claimants "don't even think about it". "If there is more than one country militarizing, and it's not only the islands, if huge navies are sailing through the area, is that not militarization?" he said. Its neighbors, particularly some of those involved in maritime disputes over the waters, have expressed fears China could eventually restrict freedom of navigation and overflight.

The Chinese language Overseas Ministry has repeatedly said the territory within the South China Sea falls below Beijing's jurisdiction, to do with because it pleases.

Also last week, Vietnamese President Tran Dai Quang said that Japan had helped to boost the Southeast Asian nation's maritime defence capability in the disputed waters.

"For those who keep saying, "File a protest, file a protest, ' what do we mean when we said, 'We are taking all diplomatic actions"?"

In recent months, China has dramatically bolstered its military presence in the South China Sea.

Before Singapore, Mattis is in Hawaii, where he will participate in a change of command ceremony at Pacific Command headquarters.

Mattis is set to deliver a speech on Saturday titled "US leadership and the challenges of Indo-Pacific security", which makes reference to China's increasing maritime competition with powers such as the United States and India.

The current head, Admiral Harry Harris, has been nominated to be the new ambassador to South Korea.

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