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U.S., Philippines Hold One of Their Largest-Ever Military Exercises

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SINGAPORE—The U.S. and Philippines are holding one in every of their largest-ever navy workout routines involving hundreds of troops on either side, an indication that their safety alliance is on firmer footing following years of turbulence that threatened to unravel a key U.S. relationship within the Indo-Pacific area.

The shift has been below approach for the previous 12 months as Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte approaches the tip of his six-year time period. Throughout a lot of his tenure, Mr. Duterte bristled at Washington’s admonishments of his human-rights report and drew his nation nearer to China. The U.S. alliance appeared notably susceptible when Manila in 2020 moved to scrap a military pact that facilitates visits to the Philippines by U.S. troops, ships and plane.