Philippines starts US deal “Access to military bases” 4 strategy – China’s power beam

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.

U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin III walks past military guards during the Department of National Defense arrival honors at the Camp Aguinaldo military camp in Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines, February 2, 2023. Rolex dela Pena/Pool via REUTERS

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.

Philippines initiates US deal

US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin III speaks with Philippine Military Chief Andres Centino and WestMInCom Commander Roy Galido during his visit to the Armed Forces of the Philippines’ Western Mindanao Command in Zamboanga City, Philippines, February 1, 2023. AFP Western Mindanao Command /Flyer via REUTERS NO RETAIL. NO ARCHIVES. THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY.

Philippines initiates US deal

Filipino activists burn a fake US flag during a protest against the visit of US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin outside the military headquarters, Camp Aguinaldo, in Quezon City, Philippines. The United States and the Philippines announced an agreement on Thursday to give US troops access to four more bases in the Southeast Asian nation, as the longtime allies seek to counter China’s military rise. REUTERS

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