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Philippines Agrees to Larger U.S. Troop Presence

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  1. Indian Tiger

    Indian Tiger Lieutenant FULL MEMBER

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    MANILA, Philippines — The Philippines on Jan. 27 announced plans to allow a greater U.S. military presence on its territory, in a move analysts said was directly aimed at trying to contain a rising China.

    Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario said the Philippines was looking for more joint military exercises with its former colonial ruler, as well as having a greater number of U.S. troops rotating through the country.

    “It is to our definite advantage to be exploring how to maximize our treaty alliance with the United States in ways that would be mutually acceptable and beneficial,â€
    del Rosario said in a statement.

    Del Rosario did not specifically name China as driving the Philippines’ push for a greater U.S. military presence, but highlighted “territorial disputes.†The most pressing territorial dispute for the Philippines is with China over claims to parts of the South China Sea, home to some of the world’s most important shipping lanes and believed to hold vast deposits of fossil fuels.

    The Philippines and Vietnam, who also claims parts of the South China Sea, complained repeatedly last year of what they said were increasingly aggressive acts by China in the decades-long rift.


    The accusations, which included a Chinese naval ship firing warning shots at Filipino fishermen, fueled fears among some nations in the region about China as its military and political strength grows.

    In his statement, del Rosario said a greater U.S. military presence in the Philippines would help bolster regional security.

    “Such cooperative efforts would as well result in achieving a balance of influence to ensure peace, stability, and economic development in the region,†he said.

    Nevertheless, del Rosario and other officials emphasized there were no plans to allow a return of the large-scale U.S. military bases that existed in the Philippines until 1992, when Filipino senators voted to close them down.

    Del Rosario said the increased U.S. military presence could include “planning more joint exercises to promote interoperability, and a rotating and more frequent presence by them.â€

    Aside from regular military exercises, the most notable U.S. presence in the Philippines in recent times has been a rotating force of about 600 troops that has been stationed in the southern Philippines for the past decade.

    The U.S. special operations forces train local troops in how to combat Islamic militants but are not allowed to have a fighting role.

    Del Rosario’s statement expanded on comments by U.S. State Department officials on Jan. 26, who said the two countries were involved in talks this week on increasing military cooperation.

    Philippine officials said more talks would be held in March to determine specifics of the plans.

    Political analysts in Manila said the Philippines’ decision to allow a larger U.S. military presence was a direct reaction to China’s perceived increased aggressiveness, particularly regarding the South China Sea.

    “The Philippines is now playing the U.S. card to get more leverage against China,†said Rommel Banlaoi, head of the Philippine Institute for Peace, Violence and Terrorism Research.

    Rene de Castro, a lecturer in international studies at De la Salle University said: “We are playing the balance of power game because we have no means to deal with an emergent and very assertive China.â€

    In a strategic shift that has angered China, the United States has been looking to increase its military presence across the Asia Pacific.

    U.S. President Barack Obama said in November the United States would deploy up to 2,500 Marines to northern Australia. The next month a U.S. admiral wrote that the U.S. expected to station several combat ships in Singapore.

    Philippines Agrees to Larger U.S. Troop Presence | Gannett Government Media | defensenews.com
     
  2. SajeevJino

    SajeevJino Major SENIOR MEMBER

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    I am not support this ...

    Because I won't need USA come and build up base in Indian ocean....

    Philippines afraid of Chinese army..
    if they want support India or Japan...or some east Asian countries may giving support to Philippine....

    We need a Association like NATO or European Union...

    I don't think about SAARC and Commonwealth is not an option to face future problems..
     
  3. Manmohan Yadav

    Manmohan Yadav Brigadier STAR MEMBER

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    More headache for the Chairman :haha:
     
  4. satz

    satz Captain SENIOR MEMBER

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    waiting to see chinese reaction...
     
  5. jagjitnatt

    jagjitnatt Major ELITE MEMBER

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    @Averageamerican
    Stop posting offtopic and irrelevant posts. Trolling will not be permitted and trolls will be suspended.
     
  6. Averageamerican

    Averageamerican Colonel ELITE MEMBER

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  7. Skull and Bones

    Skull and Bones Doctor Death Staff Member MODERATOR

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    Nope, you just embarrassed yourself.
     
  8. SpArK

    SpArK SorCeroR Staff Member ADMINISTRATOR

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    But the yearly quotes from the US personals who engage in war games and military exercises says something else.

    By the way this year also there is a big one coming. US army engaging with poorly equipped Army??
     
  9. nick_indian

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    Mr Average American ,

    Poorly equipped maybe , but how can you say poorly trained ?

    We have been battling geurillas successfully in our country since decades now . The same people who chucked you out of Vietnam and are soon going to do it in Afghanistan it seems . There is a thing or two your army can probably learn from us.

    On Topic- Good for Phillipines and the region . Chinese hegemony has become a clear threat now more than ever before .This is going to burn some behinds in Noodle -land.
     
  10. Averageamerican

    Averageamerican Colonel ELITE MEMBER

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    We left vietnam, 3 years later the North took over, it might happen in Afgan, thats not a military loss in my book. I dont see the need to stay in Afgan any longer. We can still leaves the drones behind to kill people we consider enemies. Its not just me saying Indian Military is poorly trained its your friends the Russians and if your not training well the people that fly jets worth tens of millions what would make you think you are training the rest of your military well. Indian MiG pilots poorly trained
     
  11. nick_indian

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    What happened is vietnam is no secret . If it was in America's power you would have stayed and never let the communists take over .

    Anyways , i wonder why each year soldiers from many major countries hold war games with India if we are poorly trained .Secondly ever wondered why almost all crashes in the IAF take place in the old Mig - 21s ? and not other planes mostly ?
     
  12. Averageamerican

    Averageamerican Colonel ELITE MEMBER

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    Its still a matter of incompentance on some ones part, if a plane is certified as safe to fly it should be safe to fly. As it was said in the movie Godfather,,, Women and Children can be careless, but not men and especially not men in the military.

    The reason for the war games, public relations, helps sell US equipment, gives us practice for a war with 3rd world countries.
     
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