Philippines, Japan on verge of key defense pact


MANILA: The Philippines and Japan will sign a major defense pact on Monday that will allow the stationing of troops on each other’s territory. Japanese Defense Minister Minoru Kihara and Foreign Minister Yoko Kamikawa will hold high-level talks in Manila with their Filipino counterparts Gilberto Teodoro and Enrique Manalo. The Philippines and Japan – long-time allies of the United States – have been deepening their defense ties in the face of an increasingly assertive China.

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