Japan, Philippines sign defense pact to allow deployment of forces

Japan, Philippines sign defense pact to allow deployment of forces

A defense treaty inked between Japan and the Philippines will allow the entry of military forces on each other’s soil.

Japanese Foreign Minister Yoko Kamikawa and the Philippine’s Defense Secretary Gilberto Teodoro signed the Reciprocal Access Agreement during a ceremony held in Manila.

The bilateral defense agreement will allow both countries to visit each other’s territories and conduct joint exercises to strengthen their security cooperation.

It will also ease restrictions in conducting disaster relief operations in each other’s country.

The “two-plus-two” security talks also involved defense and foreign ministers from both countries.

The Japanese foreign minister described the bilateral agreement as a “big achievement.”

Additionally, the signing of the defense treaty will allow Japan to participate as a full member in the large-scale Balikatan military exercise with the Philippines and the United States.

Officials from both sides said their close collaboration with the United States and Australia will serve as a key to “promote a free and open Indo-Pacific” as the West and its allies condemn China on the recent spate of tensions in the disputed South China Sea.

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