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What's driving Manila's move to reset US alliance

Traditionally strong ties fraying as Filipinos tire of US coyness over defence commitments

The Philippine government's recent call for a review of its Mutual Defence Treaty (MDT) with the United States puts into question one of Asia's oldest alliances at a time of growing US-China rivalry in the region.

The announcement in December is significant on several counts.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 01, 2019, with the headline 'What's driving Manila's move to reset US alliance'. Subscribe