In a move to counter China’s growing influence in the region, the United States and the Philippines have agreed to a new access agreement that will allow for a larger American military presence in the country.
The agreement, which was announced Monday, will provide the U.S. military with expanded access to Philippine military bases. This is part of a larger effort to create an arc of military bases around China.
The new agreement provides for a greater number of U.S. troops, aircraft and ships to be stationed in the Philippines. It also allows for the U.S. to pre-position equipment and supplies in the country.
The agreement comes at a time of heightened tensions between the U.S. and China, as the two countries battle for control of the South China Sea. The U.S. has long accused China of militarizing the region and has sought to counter its presence with its own military bases in the region.
The Philippines has been a key ally of the U.S. in the region and has been supportive of the U.S. presence in the South China Sea. The new agreement is seen as a way to further strengthen the U.S.-Philippines alliance.
The agreement is also seen as a way to reassure other regional allies of the U.S. commitment to the region. The U.S. has been working to strengthen its alliances in the region in order to counter China’s growing influence.
The agreement is seen as a victory for the U.S. in its efforts to counter China’s presence in the region. It also serves as a reminder of the U.S.’s commitment to its allies in the region.