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US defence secretary Lloyd Austin at Aguinaldo military camp in Quezon City, Manila, Philippines, yesterday. Photo: Rolex dela Pena/Pool via REUTERS

US defence secretary Lloyd Austin at Aguinaldo military camp in Quezon City, Manila, Philippines, yesterday. Photo: Rolex dela Pena/Pool via REUTERS

US defence secretary Lloyd Austin at Aguinaldo military camp in Quezon City, Manila, Philippines, yesterday. Photo: Rolex dela Pena/Pool via REUTERS

The Philippines has granted the US greater access to its military bases, it was confirmed yesterday, amid mounting concern over China’s increasing assertiveness in the disputed South China Sea and tension over self-ruled Taiwan.

The US would be given access to four more locations under the 2014 Enhanced Defence Cooperation Agreement (EDCA), US defence secretary Lloyd Austin and Philippines’ defence secretary Carlito Galvez said in a joint news conference in Manila.


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