Pompeo promises intervention if Philippines is attacked in South China Sea amid rising Chinese militarization


Regine Cabato and Shibani Mahtani


Washington Post


February 28, 2019 


Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Friday that any attack on Philippine aircraft or ships in the South China Sea would trigger a response from the United States under a mutual defense treaty between the two countries, a firm assurance to its longtime ally amid rising Chinese militarization in the contested waters.