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U.S. Tells China That Philippines Support ‘Ironclad’

File image of U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Kurt Campbell. KIM HONG-JI / POOL / AFP

A top US official on Thursday told a Chinese counterpart that Washington’s defense commitments to the Philippines were “ironclad” after a violent clash in the South China Sea.

Deputy Secretary of State Kurt Campbell “raised serious concerns” about Chinese actions in a call with Executive Vice Foreign Minister Ma Zhaoxu, the State Department said.

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