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US-#Philippines wargames to start under #China’s shadow

US-#Philippines wargames to start under #China’s shadow

US-Philippines wargames to start under China’s shadow By Agence France-Presse on Monday, April 20th, 2015 Thousands of American and Filipino soldiers on Monday will kick off expanded wargames, showcasing a deepening defence alliance as alarm bells ring over China. The 10-day exercises in the Philippines are an annual affair between the longtime allies, but this time they will involve double the number of soldiers as last year in a sign of their expanding military partnership. The Philippines is seeking more US military and diplomatic support to fend off China’s increasing forcefulness in its bid to assert sovereignty in disputed areas of the South China Sea. In an interview with AFP last week, Philippine President Benigno Aquino said the two militaries operating side-by-side should offer a “deterrent aspect to any entity, be it a country or Islamic radicals”. Aquino insist...

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