Thursday, December 8, 2016

Philippines might not let U.S. use its bases to patrol South China Sea

The Philippines said Thursday it likely won't allow the United States to use its bases to patrol the disputed South China Sea.

Instead, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said U.S. ships and aircraft could use bases in Guam, Okinawa or U.S. aircraft carriers.

Since taking office in June, President Rodrigo Duterte has tried to improve relations with China and become more hostile toward the United States, which had sovereignty over the Philippines from the Spanish-American War until after WWII, when the Philippines was recognized as an independent nation.

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