24 Jun '11, 11am

The US will help strengthen the Philippine military, amidst recent Sino-Philippine tensions in the South China Sea

Manila (Philippine Daily Inquirer/ANN) - The United States government is ready to provide assistance to strengthen the Philippine military, including external support for maritime defense, amidst the mounting friction with China on the disputed Spratly islands. "We are in discussions with the government of the Philippines about what their needs are because it is up to them to decide how to deploy forces and what their highest priorities are...But we certainly wish to do what we can to support the Philippines in their desire for external support for maritime defense," Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said, after meeting with Philippine Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert Del Rosario in Washington D.C. Clinton said supporting the defense of the Philippines would mean "finding ways of providing affordable material and equipment that will assist the Philippine military t...

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