United States seeks access to Philippine bases as part of Asia pivot

April 25, 2015 3:33 AM

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United States seeks access to Philippine bases as part of Asia pivot

MANILA (Reuters) - The United States has asked for access to Philippine military bases in eight locations to rotate troops, aircraft, and ships as Washington shifts its forces to Asia and as China expands its military presence in the South China Sea.

U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter, in a speech in Arizona, has outlined Washington's next phase in its Asia "pivot", deploying its most sophisticated destroyers, bombers and fighters to the region.

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