This article discusses the strengthened relationships between the U.S. and the Philippines, Japan, and Australia. The ties between the U.S. and the Philippines have improved significantly, from limited military access to a strengthened defence relationship.


Joe Gould, writing for Defense News, makes the following points:

  • The 2014 Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement between the U.S. and the Philippines now allows the U.S. periodic access to nine Philippine bases.
  • The U.S. has offered to conduct joint patrols of Philippine waters and may also upgrade local airfields.
  • The U.S. is considering altering its force posture by dispersing some of its Northeast Asian forces around the region.
  • The U.S. and Japan have agreed to share facilities on Okinawa.


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