VP Harris in the Phillipines

November 22, 2022
A globe sitting on a desk.

When the international rules-based order is threatened somewhere, it is threatened everywhere.

VP Harris traveling in the Philippines, becoming the highest ranking leader to visit strategic islands bordering the South China Sea.

Why It Matters: Although not mentioning China by name, the VP clearly stated America's support for the Philippines “in the face of intimidation and coercion in the South China Sea.” During the VP's trip, she discussed expanding America's military presence in the Philippines.

The South China Sea is a strategic waterway where an estimated $5 trillion of goods flows through in international trade. China claims it as its territory; America and others want to continue to secure it as international waters.

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by Jenna Lee,