Updated: Feb 21
The recent news report about the Philippines and the United States discussing joint patrols in the South China Sea highlights the ongoing tensions in the region. China's assertiveness in the area has led neighboring countries like the Philippines to feel the pressure to take a stance and protect their interests. By discussing joint patrols, the US is signaling its continued commitment to the region and its allies, as well as its determination to stand up to China's assertiveness. However, this move also carries risks, as joint patrols with the US could be viewed as a direct challenge to China's interests and could potentially exacerbate tensions in the region.