Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte speaks during an anniversary celebration for the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) in December. He has suspended his decision to scrap a troop deployment agreement with the US. Photo: TNSPhilippine President Rodrigo Duterte speaks during an anniversary celebration for the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) in December. He has suspended his decision to scrap a troop deployment agreement with the US. Photo: TNS
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte speaks during an anniversary celebration for the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) in December. He has suspended his decision to scrap a troop deployment agreement with the US. Photo: TNS

Philippines reverses decision to scrap US troop agreement, as South China Sea tensions rise

  • President Rodrigo Duterte in February cancelled the Visiting Forces Agreement, which allows US troops to operate in the country on a rotational basis
  • Analysts said the sudden U-turn may have been influenced by recent Chinese moves in the South China Sea and the coronavirus pandemic
Topic |   The Philippines
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte speaks during an anniversary celebration for the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) in December. He has suspended his decision to scrap a troop deployment agreement with the US. Photo: TNSPhilippine President Rodrigo Duterte speaks during an anniversary celebration for the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) in December. He has suspended his decision to scrap a troop deployment agreement with the US. Photo: TNS
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte speaks during an anniversary celebration for the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) in December. He has suspended his decision to scrap a troop deployment agreement with the US. Photo: TNS
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