Report: Philippines-US in military talks

By REUTERS
January 26, 2012 05:33

The Philippines is in talks with the US government on expanding its military presence in the southeast Asian country in response to the growing assertiveness of China, the Washington Post reported on Thursday.

In recent months, the United States has announced plans to set up a Marine base in northern Australia and station warships in Singapore, moves seen in China as a part of a broader US attempt to encircle it as it grows into a major power in the region.

The newspaper said that negotiations were in the early stages but quoted officials from both governments as saying they were favorably inclined towards a deal.

It said more talks were scheduled for Thursday and Friday in Washington before higher-level meetings in March.


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