As China Concerns Grow, Philippines Grants U.S. Greater Access to Military Bases

As China Concerns Grow, Philippines Grants U.S. Greater Access to Military Bases

THE SIGNAL

By Karen LemaMANILA (Reuters) — The Philippines has granted the United States greater access to its military bases, their defence chiefs said on Thursday, amid mounting concern over China’s increasing assertiveness in the disputed South China Sea and tension over self-ruled Taiwan.The United States would be given access to four more locations under the 2014 Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (EDCA), U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin and Philippines’ Defense Secretary Carlito Galvez said in a joint news conference at the Philippine military headquar …

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