US, Philippines discuss freedom of seas

China looms large in discussions.

Spokesman: US, Philippines Hold Talks On Boosting Military Capacity

Agence France-Presse

MANILA — America’s Pacific commander held talks with the Philippine military Wednesday on ways to strengthen US capacity in the region to deter conflict and maintain freedom of navigation, a Filipino spokesman said.

Admiral Harry Harris, head of the US Pacific Command, outlined a freshly drafted Pentagon report highlighting issues in the South China Sea, where China is in dispute with the Philippines and other neighbors over islands, reefs and waters, said military spokesman Colonel Restituto Padilla.

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