US and Philippine soldiers pictured on an exercise north of Manila. Photo: AFP US and Philippine soldiers pictured on an exercise north of Manila. Photo: AFP
US and Philippine soldiers pictured on an exercise north of Manila. Photo: AFP

How Philippine leader’s U-turn over US forces helps keep up the pressure on China

  • Rodrigo Duterte’s decision to keep the Visiting Forces Agreement helps the US retain a strong presence close to Taiwan and the South China Sea
  • Chinese observers say Washington may increase the military aid it gives its ally following the decision

Topic |   South China Sea
US and Philippine soldiers pictured on an exercise north of Manila. Photo: AFP US and Philippine soldiers pictured on an exercise north of Manila. Photo: AFP
US and Philippine soldiers pictured on an exercise north of Manila. Photo: AFP
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