Gazmin said he expects US presence to “deter uncalled-for actions by the Chinese.”
Carter bares sustained Philippines-US maritime patrols
MANILA, Philippines – The United States and the Philippines have started joint patrols in the West Philippine Sea, with high-value and high impact rotational exercises being readied on a regular basis by both militaries, US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter announced yesterday.
In a press conference with Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin after a courtesy call on President Aquino at Malacañang, Carter said the patrols would continue to help build the two countries’ interoperability as well as improve Philippine Navy capability “even as these patrols contribute to the safety and security of the region’s waters.”
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