(FILES) This file photo taken on April 20, 2015 shows Philippine soldiers and a US army soldier (C) from 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat of the 5th Infantry Division based in Hawaii taking their positions after disembarking from a C-47 Chinook helicopter during an air assault exercise inside the military training camp of Fort Magsaysay in Nueva Ecija province north of Manila, at the start of the joint US-Philippines annual military exercise. Thousands of US and Filipino soldiers will on April 4, 2016 launch annual wargames that are this year seen as a show of strength in the face of China's increasing assertiveness in the region. / AFP PHOTO / TED ALJIBE (FILES) This file photo taken on April 20, 2015 shows Philippine soldiers and a US army soldier (C) from 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat of the 5th Infantry Division based in Hawaii taking their positions after disembarking from a C-47 Chinook helicopter during an air assault exercise inside the military training camp of Fort Magsaysay in Nueva Ecija province north of Manila, at the start of the joint US-Philippines annual military exercise. Thousands of US and Filipino soldiers will on April 4, 2016 launch annual wargames that are this year seen as a show of strength in the face of China's increasing assertiveness in the region. / AFP PHOTO / TED ALJIBE
(FILES) This file photo taken on April 20, 2015 shows Philippine soldiers and a US army soldier (C) from 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat of the 5th Infantry Division based in Hawaii taking their positions after disembarking from a C-47 Chinook helicopter during an air assault exercise inside the military training camp of Fort Magsaysay in Nueva Ecija province north of Manila, at the start of the joint US-Philippines annual military exercise. Thousands of US and Filipino soldiers will on April 4, 2016 launch annual wargames that are this year seen as a show of strength in the face of China's increasing assertiveness in the region. / AFP PHOTO / TED ALJIBE
South China Sea

US, Philippines hold war games as Beijing flexes muscles in region

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(FILES) This file photo taken on April 20, 2015 shows Philippine soldiers and a US army soldier (C) from 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat of the 5th Infantry Division based in Hawaii taking their positions after disembarking from a C-47 Chinook helicopter during an air assault exercise inside the military training camp of Fort Magsaysay in Nueva Ecija province north of Manila, at the start of the joint US-Philippines annual military exercise. Thousands of US and Filipino soldiers will on April 4, 2016 launch annual wargames that are this year seen as a show of strength in the face of China's increasing assertiveness in the region. / AFP PHOTO / TED ALJIBE (FILES) This file photo taken on April 20, 2015 shows Philippine soldiers and a US army soldier (C) from 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat of the 5th Infantry Division based in Hawaii taking their positions after disembarking from a C-47 Chinook helicopter during an air assault exercise inside the military training camp of Fort Magsaysay in Nueva Ecija province north of Manila, at the start of the joint US-Philippines annual military exercise. Thousands of US and Filipino soldiers will on April 4, 2016 launch annual wargames that are this year seen as a show of strength in the face of China's increasing assertiveness in the region. / AFP PHOTO / TED ALJIBE
(FILES) This file photo taken on April 20, 2015 shows Philippine soldiers and a US army soldier (C) from 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat of the 5th Infantry Division based in Hawaii taking their positions after disembarking from a C-47 Chinook helicopter during an air assault exercise inside the military training camp of Fort Magsaysay in Nueva Ecija province north of Manila, at the start of the joint US-Philippines annual military exercise. Thousands of US and Filipino soldiers will on April 4, 2016 launch annual wargames that are this year seen as a show of strength in the face of China's increasing assertiveness in the region. / AFP PHOTO / TED ALJIBE
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