US Military will help Philippines Against China

According to the news, the US military has planned to help the Philippines monitor it's coastal waters as the depute between the Philippines and China is escalating.

The Pentagon said that delivering a land-based radar to the Philippines could be part of their future assistance.

"We are in the initial planning stages of assisting the Philippines with National Coast Watch Center," Major Catherine Wilkinson told AFP. "The center will create an overall picture of what's going on in the Phlippines' territorial waters", she added.

The Pentagon's comment came after President Benigno Aquino paid a visit to the White House, where he was offered a robust show of support.

China claims all the area of the South China Sea up to the shores of the other Southeast Asian Nations, including Malaysia, Vietnam, and the Philippines.

China may choose to defuse tensions with the Philippines before the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations gathering next month.

But it is also possible that China is determined to humiliate the Philippines and, indirectly, the United States," Patrick Cronin told AFP.

"If China persists with embarrasing the Philippines, then I have no doubt aircraft sales will follow," he said.

Manila's request for US military help marks a reversal after the Phlippines evicted the American military from its vast naval base at Subic Bay in 1992.

Tensions between Beijing and Manila escalated in April when Chinese and Philippine vessels approached the Scarborough Shoal, which lies near the main Philippine island of Luzon.