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U.S., Philippines agree to military pact

Published April 27, 2014 10:15 pm
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia • The United States has reached a 10-year agreement with the Philippines that will give U.S. warships, planes and troops greater access to bases in the archipelago, U.S. officials said Sunday.

The deal, which will be the centerpiece of President Barack Obama's visit to the Philippines on Monday, returns the U.S. to a visible presence in the country for the first time since giving up its sprawling naval and air bases, including one at Subic Bay, in 1992.

The accord will also give the U.S. more flexibility to project its military assets in a region that has become increasingly tense, with China and its neighbors, including the Philippines, squabbling over territorial claims in the East and South China Seas.



The U.S. military presence in the Philippines was a frequent source of tension between the countries, who are allies. But the rapid response of U.S. ships and planes after Typhoon Haiyan, amid a more chaotic Philippine response, has increased popular support for allowing the U.S. military to have more access.

The New York Times

 

 

 

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