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The Philippines Secures Its Spot in the Middle of U.S.-China Tensions

MIN READNov 16, 2022 | 15:03 GMT

Philippine marines take part in a joint military exercise with their U.S. counterparts at a training camp northwest of Manila in May 2018.

Philippine marines take part in a joint military exercise with their U.S. counterparts at a training camp northwest of Manila in May 2018.

(TED ALJIBE/AFP via Getty Images)

The Philippines' ongoing rapprochement with the United States provides clarity as to Manila's foreign policy but also exposes the country to a combination of threats and offers from China. On Nov. 8, the Philippines' Department of National Defense announced plans to work closely with the United States to accelerate projects under the two countries' Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (EDCA), which allows the United States to constantly rotate troops in the Philippines, use Philippine bases for prolonged stays, and build and operate facilities in-country with its own personnel. As part of this renewed cooperation under the EDCA, the Philippines' Department of National Defense announced that it would upgrade and repair the five military bases that the United States maintains in the Philippines under the agreement while ''exploring new locations [for additional military bases] that will build a more credible mutual defense posture.'' The full implementation of the EDCA would imply de...

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