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US affirms dedication to MDT, VFA with Philippines

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Michael Punongbayan (The Philippine Star) – February 11, 2021 – 12:00am

MANILA, Philippines —The US, beneath the brand new administration of President Joe Biden, has reaffirmed its dedication to the US-Philippine alliance.

In a cellphone name to Protection Secretary Delfin Lorenzana yesterday, US Secretary of Protection Lloyd Austin III mentioned such dedication is anchored on the Mutual Protection Treaty and the Visiting Forces Settlement between the 2 nations.

The Division of Nationwide Protection (DND) mentioned Lorenzana and Austin had an introductory cellphone name to debate developments on Philippines-US protection relations.

Each additionally mentioned the safety state of affairs within the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea), significantly on the potential upgrades of the Armed Forces of the Philippines.

The DND mentioned either side likewise dedicated to maintain dialogue amid the COVID-19 pandemic and strengthen cooperation between the 2 protection institutions.

Austin and Lorenzana, who had admitted that the Chinese language Coast Guard’s new legislation affecting the West Philippine Sea may be very regarding, additional agreed to fulfill head to head sooner or later.

Lorenzana had earlier mentioned that talking with the nation’s allies is a method to assist tackle the difficulty, although the US and different claimant nations are already conducting patrols within the disputed areas.

The protection chief famous that Individuals are additionally “very involved in regards to the creeping affect of the Chinese language within the West Philippine Sea, and there are a number of nations who’ve indicated their willingness to patrol the world like Britain, New Zealand, Australia and even India.”

“We’re going to proceed (participating in) dialogue with these nations and to search out methods on the right way to transfer ahead and as I mentioned, it’s tough to determine in an accident there, it’d trigger open battle,” he mentioned.

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