Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte (centre) greets US Secretary of Defence Lloyd Austin at Malacanang Palace in Manila on Thursday. Photo: Philippines’ Presidential Photographers Division via AFP Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte (centre) greets US Secretary of Defence Lloyd Austin at Malacanang Palace in Manila on Thursday. Photo: Philippines’ Presidential Photographers Division via AFP
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte (centre) greets US Secretary of Defence Lloyd Austin at Malacanang Palace in Manila on Thursday. Photo: Philippines’ Presidential Photographers Division via AFP

US aims to shore up Philippine ties as doubts linger over troop pact future

  • Pentagon chief Lloyd Austin met President Rodrigo Duterte, who said last year he was cancelling the Visiting Forces Agreement between the two countries
  • The pact has assumed additional importance as the US and its allies contend with China’s assertiveness in the region

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Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte (centre) greets US Secretary of Defence Lloyd Austin at Malacanang Palace in Manila on Thursday. Photo: Philippines’ Presidential Photographers Division via AFP Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte (centre) greets US Secretary of Defence Lloyd Austin at Malacanang Palace in Manila on Thursday. Photo: Philippines’ Presidential Photographers Division via AFP
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte (centre) greets US Secretary of Defence Lloyd Austin at Malacanang Palace in Manila on Thursday. Photo: Philippines’ Presidential Photographers Division via AFP
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