الفلبين تسمح للقوات الأميركية بالوصول إلى قواعد إضافية
February 2, 2023 - توصلت الولايات المتحدة إبرام إلى اتفاق جديد يمكّن قواتها من الوصول إلى أربع قواعد عسكرية إضافية في الفلبين، مما يسمح لها بمراقبة التحركات الصينية في بحر الصين الجنوبي وحول تايوان.
The U.S. already had limited access to five sites under the Enhanced Defence Cooperation Agreement (EDCA)
The additional locations bring to nine the number of military bases the U.S. would have access to, and Washington had announced it was allocating more than $82 million toward infrastructure investments at the existing sites.
Signed in 2014, the EDCA allows U.S. forces to construct facilities, bring in equipment, and hold joint training exercises in mutually agreed upon bases in the Philippines.
The deal allows the U.S. to rotate troops into the Philippines for extended stays, but does not grant them permanent presence in the country.
The Philippines is one of America’s oldest treaty allies, but relations turned cold under former president Rodrigo Duterte as he sought friendlier ties with China.