US, Philippine troops start war games amid tensions

Gulf Times - 4/6/2013

Thousands of US and Filipino troops began annual military exercises yesterday that the Philippines said were vital to building its defence capabilities to face the rising threat of China. Philippine Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario used the launch of the 12-day Balikatan manoeuvres to accuse China of destabilising Asia with aggressive and illegal actions in the South China Sea.

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