Foreign Relations of the Philippines

Philippine deputy exercise director Major General Virgilio Domingo (left) speaks while his US counterpart Brigadier General Richard Simcock II listens during their joint press conference at the opening ceremony for annual military exercises at a military camp in Manila. Photo: AFP

Philippines lambasts China at launch of joint military exercises with US

Thousands of US and Philippine troops began annual military exercises yesterday that Manila said were vital to building its defence capabilities to face the rising threat of China. Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario used the launch of the 12-day Balikatan manoeuvres to accuse China of destabilising Asia with aggressive and illegal actions in the South China Sea.