Philippine Secretary of National Defence Delfin Lorenzana on a visit to the Pentagon on September 10. Photo: AP
Philippine Secretary of National Defence Delfin Lorenzana on a visit to the Pentagon on September 10. Photo: AP

China tried to get Philippines to drop review of US defence pact, defence chief says

  • Delfin Lorenzana says a former Chinese envoy to Manila in 2018 said any attempt to revise the Mutual Defence Treaty would be seen by Beijing as an attempt to contain its rise
  • The Philippines is keen to amend the MDT to make clear the extent to which the US would protect and defend its ally should it be attacked

Philippine Secretary of National Defence Delfin Lorenzana on a visit to the Pentagon on September 10. Photo: AP
Philippine Secretary of National Defence Delfin Lorenzana on a visit to the Pentagon on September 10. Photo: AP
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