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Mon Jan 30, 2023, 06:33 PM

U.S. military poised to secure new access to key Philippine bases

Source: Washington Post

The U.S. military is poised to secure expanded access to key bases in the Philippines on the heels of a significant revamp of U.S. force posture in Japan — developments that reflect the allies’ concern with an increasingly fraught security environment in the region and a desire to deepen alliances with the United States, according to U.S. and Philippine officials.

While negotiations are still ongoing, an announcement is expected as soon as this week when Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin meets in Manila with his counterpart and then with President Ferdinand Marcos Jr.

The expansion involves access to Philippine military bases, likely including two on the northern island of Luzon — which, analysts said, could give U.S. forces a strategic position from which to mount operations in the event of a conflict in Taiwan or the South China Sea. They will also facilitate cooperation on a range of security concerns, including more rapid responses to natural disasters and climate-related events.

Extensive work has been done over the last few months in the Philippines to assess and evaluate various sites, and at least two of them have been pinned down, said a State Department official, who like other officials spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak about the deliberations.

Read more: https://www.washingtonpost.com/national-security/2023/01/30/philippines-bases-china-taiwan/

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Tue Jan 31, 2023, 12:05 AM

1. Under Duterte Philippines Tried To Get Closer to China, But...

...rather than reciprocate the former president's efforts to side with China over the US, China took advantage of the tensions with US to expand its territorial claims in the South China Sea, thus squandering a chance to build closer relations with Philippines. Thus, Philippines is once again trying to build closer relationships with the US, because of the threat of Chinese expansionism.

It is sort of like how Poland had started to side with Russia against the West until it decided to invade Ukraine, which caused Poland to go all in to help assist Ukraine, because Poland knows that if Russia succeeds in annexing Ukraine, it can easily move against Poland.

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