US Ambassador the Philippines Sung Kim and Philippines Defence Secretary Delfin Lorenzana join hands during the opening ceremony for the Philippines-United States Exercise Balikatan (Shoulder to Shoulder) 2018. Photo: EPA

Philippines, US hold biggest joint military drills seen during Duterte’s rule but swear they’re not aimed at China

The exercises were held in mock urban settings to train special forces in battling terrorists in cities following last year’s Islamic State-linked siege

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US Ambassador the Philippines Sung Kim and Philippines Defence Secretary Delfin Lorenzana join hands during the opening ceremony for the Philippines-United States Exercise Balikatan (Shoulder to Shoulder) 2018. Photo: EPA
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