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Chinese aggression pushes Philippines towards greater cooperation with US, Japan

Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos Jr (left) and Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida in Tokyo, Japan, on Feb 9, 2023. PHOTO: REUTERS
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MANILA - China’s military aggression is pushing the Philippines to usher in a new era of stronger defence cooperation with allies Japan and the United States, which could see the forging of a trilateral security deal designed to help counter Beijing’s rising influence in the Indo-Pacific.

During his five-day trip to Tokyo, which ended on Sunday, Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos Jr said he will assess Japan’s proposed security troika with Washington.

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