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Philippines, Vietnam form joint commission in move to strengthen defence ties

Published on Jul 3, 2014 12:11 PM

MANILA - The Philippines and Vietnam have agreed to form a "joint commission" to map out a "strategic partnership" they announced in May, as the two countries forge even closer defence ties amid an increasingly assertive China pressing claims in the South China Sea.

Manila is also seeking to deepen ties with Myanmar, a Beijing ally, with a "memorandum of understanding on defence cooperation", the government announced.

In a statement issued on Thursday, the Philippines said its foreign secretary Albert del Rosario and his Vietnamese counterpart Pham Binh Minh agreed during a meeting in Hanoi "to advance partnership to a higher level".

That includes the creation of a "joint commission" to be led by the foreign ministers of the Philippines and Vietnam.

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