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Planned US Presence in South China Sea Runs into Legal Challenge in the Philippines

2015-06-22 08:55:11       source:Shanghaiist

June 21, 2015

"A US-Philippine defence agreement aimed at countering China's growing naval power in the South China Sea has run into political trouble in Manila, with the opposition and high courts disputing its legitimacy.

According to the South China Morning Post, the deal, which was signed in April of last year, would give US troops access to local military bases and permission to build facilities for fuel and equipment storage.

Last year, left-wing politicians and other opponents effectively froze the deal, challenging its constitutionally in the Philippine Supreme Court. A majority in the Philippine Senate has also signed a draft resolution insisting that the upper house scrutinise the deal prior to its taking effect."

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