US and Filipino troops participate in the Balikatan military drills in Tarlac, Philippines. File photo: Xinhua
US and Filipino troops participate in the Balikatan military drills in Tarlac, Philippines. File photo: Xinhua

US-Philippines to hold biggest military drills in decades as China tensions grow

  • More than 8,000 troops will take part in the Balikatan exercise amid Beijing’s accusation that Washington is trying to build an Indo-Pacific version of Nato
  • This year’s drills also mark a return to full-scale training that was disrupted by the pandemic

US and Filipino troops participate in the Balikatan military drills in Tarlac, Philippines. File photo: Xinhua
US and Filipino troops participate in the Balikatan military drills in Tarlac, Philippines. File photo: Xinhua
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