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PacNet #28 – China, the Philippines and the US Security Guarantee

Three days before his Jan. 20, 2012 retirement, the Commander of the US Pacific Fleet, Adm. Patrick Walsh, gave a departing interview to the Associated Press. In it, he expressed his concern about security and stability in the South China Sea. He warned of the potential for incidents in its contested areas to intensify and escalate into state-to-state confrontation with serious implications for all of the countries with security interests in the region.