US Naval Ships Patrolling South China Sea to be Denied Access to Philippine Ports

Despite new evidence of China installing military equipment, runways, and defensive weapons on seven man-made islets in the disputed South China Sea, the administration announced that it would not allow the US naval vessels patrolling the region to use Philippine facilities. It said that the US should use instead other naval bases in the area, like Okinawa and Guam. Defense officials have remained silent on the issue, as the…

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