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US Still Expecting Strong Alliance with the Philippines

US Still Expecting Strong Alliance with the Philippines

U.S. expects to maintain their strong alliance with the Philippines includes the recent accord on the stationing of U.S. forces said the US officials yesterday, 02 June 2016 despite of the incoming President Duterte's signal that he will chart a more independent course.
"It's long standing, it is, we say, ironclad," said U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter to the reporters.
The Defense Secretary speaks to a security conference in Singapore at which a case over disputed South China Sea territory brought by the previous Philippine government against China will be a key talking point, said Washington took its treaty alliance with the Philippines "very seriously."
"They have a new government there and we look forward to working with them, talking with them about our alliance, about security affairs in the region." he added.
"Our plans for EDCA and implementation are on track; we haven't changed our plans at all." When Carter asked about an Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (EDCA) he signed in Manila weeks ago giving the U.S rotational access to five bases in the Philippines.
Philippine President-elect Rodrigo Duterte, who is due to take over on June 30, signaled greater independence in dealing with China and broader security issues, when he told reporters future policy would "not be dependent on America." last Tuesday,  31 May 2016.
When Duterte asked if he would push for asked if he would push for bilateral talks with China, he replied, "We have this pact with the West, but I want everybody to know that we will be charting a course of our own,".
On Wednesday, Duterte's incoming foreign minister, Perfecto Yasay, told Reuters Manila would honor treaties with the United States, including the EDCA, but it "should not be a lackey of any nation."

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