We have closely followed the events at Panatag Shoal (Scarborough Shoal) in the waters known as the West Philippines Sea in the Philippines and the East Sea in Vietnam. We are concerned that the events, largely caused by the Chinese Government’s behavior, have escalated to a dangerous level. We wish to convey the following messages to you and to the people of the Philippines:
1. We fully support the sovereign rights of the Philippines in the Panatag Shoal area and the Philippines’ actions to defend her sovereign rights.