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Chinese Analysts Warn New U.S., Philippines Security Plan Will Escalate Tensions in the Pacific

The top defense and diplomatic officials from the United States and the Philippines met in Washington, D.C. for the 2+2 Ministerial Dialogue Plenary Session on Promoting Regional Security on April 11, 2023. ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS / AFP

The United States and the Philippines agreed to a new long-term plan that will pave the way for a major increase in U.S. security assistance to the Southeast Asian country over the next five to ten years.

The deal was finalized on Tuesday at the State Department in Washington, D.C., where the top diplomatic and defense officials from both countries met as part of the “2+2 Ministerial Dialogue.”

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