mandag 3. juni 2024

Japanese academic: China has pushed the Philippines to the US’s side

Increased cooperation between the US and its ally, the Philippines, will strengthen the US military presence in East Asia. Under the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (EDCA) with the US, the Marcos government added four bases to the list of five bases in the Philippines available to the US military, including two in the northern Philippines near Taiwan.

In addition, the Philippine and Japanese governments are speeding up negotiations for a Reciprocal Access Agreement (RAA) that will make it easier to send troops to each other. If the RAA is concluded, cooperative activities between the Japanese Self-Defense Forces and the Philippine military, such as training and exercises, are expected to advance significantly.