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The tribunal has spoken and it's up to the parties now to abide by their legally binding obligations in there.>> If China fails to abide by the ruling then it will be in breech of international law.>> Yes, the United States Military has a presence in the Pacific.
We are a Pacific power. Five of our seven treaty alliances are in the Pacific. We have enormous security commitments in the region. And when we operate our ships and our aircraft we do so in international airspace and international maritime space. And we train with our allies and our partners.
Those are serious obligations. Because our military has a responsibility to protect and defend the United States national security interests. And we've been doing that for a long time. Well before these issues in the South China Sea came up.