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New U.S.-Philippine Military Deal, Already on Ice, Could Face Further Delays

2015-06-18 08:49:33       source:Yahoo News

June 18, 2015

"A U.S.-Philippine defense agreement that would help counter China's growing naval power in the disputed South China Sea has yet to be implemented more than a year after it was signed, and could now face a fresh political hurdle in Manila.

The deal gives U.S. troops wide access to local military bases and approval to build facilities to store fuel and equipment for maritime security, but it was effectively frozen after left-wing politicians and other opponents challenged its constitutionality in the Philippine Supreme Court last year."

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