An Amphibious Assault Vehicle (AAV) moves next to the USS Wasp multipurpose amphibious assault ship during the 2019 Philippines-US Balikatan exercise. Photo: EPA-EFE
An Amphibious Assault Vehicle (AAV) moves next to the USS Wasp multipurpose amphibious assault ship during the 2019 Philippines-US Balikatan exercise. Photo: EPA-EFE

Philippines, US to start two-week joint military drills amid South China Sea tensions

  • The annual ‘Balikatan’ drills come as the Philippines protests against the presence of the Chinese vessels at Whitsun Reef in the Spratly Islands
  • US Defence Secretary Lloyd Austin and his Philippine counterpart Delfin Lorenzana on Sunday discussed the issue, as well as the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA)

Topic |   The Philippines
An Amphibious Assault Vehicle (AAV) moves next to the USS Wasp multipurpose amphibious assault ship during the 2019 Philippines-US Balikatan exercise. Photo: EPA-EFE
An Amphibious Assault Vehicle (AAV) moves next to the USS Wasp multipurpose amphibious assault ship during the 2019 Philippines-US Balikatan exercise. Photo: EPA-EFE
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