U.S. defense chief visits Philippines amid sea dispute with China




 
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April 13th, 2016  
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Topic: U.S. defense chief visits Philippines amid sea dispute with China


By Yeganeh Torbati and Manuel Mogato MANILA (Reuters) - U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter arrived in the Philippines on Wednesday to highlight strong and growing military relations with a crucial Southeast Asian ally as China assertively pursues its claims in the South China Sea. Carter's visit comes as the two countries conduct joint military exercises and on the heels of an agreement that allows a U.S. military presence at five Philippine bases, one of which Carter plans to visit on this week's trip. While the initial agreement allows for five bases, Carter told reporters while on the way to the Philippines that there would be more in future.




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