US cash to boost SE Asia security

Money to boost regional security.

US pledges $259 mn to SE Asian allies for maritime security


The United States said Tuesday it would provide $259 million to its Southeast Asian allies for maritime security, as tensions rise over Beijing’s island-building in the disputed South China Sea.

The pledges of support to the Philippines, Vietnam, Indonesia and Malaysia came shortly after US President Barack Obama arrived in Manila ahead of an Asia-Pacific leaders’ summit.

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