Philippines-US ties warm amid rising Chinese assertiveness

In what will likely be remembered as the commencement of a new Cold War in Asia, the United States has recently ramped up both economic and military countermeasures against an increasingly assertive China.

As Washington tightens the noose around Beijing, it is also reviving frayed relations with key regional allies such as Manila, which has been perturbed by China's creeping intrusion into Philippine-claimed waters.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 12, 2018, with the headline 'Philippines-US ties warm amid rising Chinese assertiveness'. Print Edition | Subscribe