Philippines starts US deal “Access to military bases” 4 strategy – China’s power beam
Philippines initiates US deal – On February 2, AFP reported that the US Department of Defense and the Philippine Department of Defense stated in a joint statement that the two countries reached an agreement to expand security cooperation. as well as allowing US forces access to four military bases in strategic areas in the Philippines.
Amid growing Chinese influence in Southeast Asia especially efforts to build artificial islands, military bases, and claim ownership in the South China Sea. This led to the impetus that drove the United States and the Philippines to move forward with this agreement.
The move took place between Mr. Lloyd Austin The Secretary of Defense of the United States Visits Manila It is an important step in rebuilding the relationship between the two countries. After the dispute in President Rodrido Duterte a former Philippine leader who has a more Chinese-centric policy
but after Ferdinand (Bonbon) Marcos Jr. He won the election and served as president in June 2022. declared a clear stance to protect the interests of the Philippines
Including cases where China claims resources in the South China Sea and the 9-dash line, which the Dutch Permanent Court of Arbitration deemed almost entirely invalid in 2016, but China has not accepted it and has continued to meddle in the disputed waters.