ERIC SCHMITT, Senator for Missouri

WASHINGTON – Today, Senator Eric Schmitt sent a letter to the Secretary of Defense to call for Department of Defense assistance to the Philippines in response to the escalating harassment campaign by the Chinese Coast Guard and maritime militias at the direction of the Chinese Communist Party:

“We must project strength, not only to send a message to our adversaries, but to reassure our allies of the United States’ ability and commitment to freedom of navigation in the South China Sea lead. Harassment by any country in internationally recognized, sovereign waters is unacceptable, and China must know they cannot continue to prevent our Filipino allies from conducting lawful activities within their own exclusive economic zone. Assuring our allies and the world we will counter the rising threat China poses is a top priority of mine, and I look forward to a comprehensive response from Sec. Austin,” said Senator Eric Schmitt.



Read the full letter attached.