(Bloomberg) -- The US and the Philippines will start building training facilities and warehouses on the Southeast Asian nation’s military bases next year, as the longtime defense allies seek to boost ties.
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The work will begin on two bases north of Manila and an airport base station on the southern island, the Philippine Defense Department said in a statement Tuesday. Some $66.5 million has been earmarked to implement these projects under the two nations’ Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement.
The Philippines will explore new locations for other projects with the US to “build a more credible mutual defense posture,” according to the Defense Department’s statement. It reiterated commitment to accelerate projects under its defense pact with the US.
President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. has sought to further strengthen ties with the US and modernize the military, as the Philippines contends with a territorial dispute with China in the South China Sea.
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