Follow CGSP on Social Media

Listen to the CGSP Podcast

Japan Bolsters Closest-Ever Security Ties With Philipines as China Rattles Region

Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. shakes hands with Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida at the Malacanang presidential palace in Manila on November 3, 2023. Aaron Favila / POOL / AFP

Japan and the Philippines agreed to begin talks to allow Japanese troop deployments on Filipino soil, as China’s actions in the region drive the two partners into their closest-ever security ties.

Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida’s weekend trip to meet with President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. in Manila also focused on bolstering trilateral cooperation with the U.S., a treaty partner to both countries.

  • Get a daily email packed with the latest China-Africa news and analysis.
  • Read exclusive insights on the key trends shaping China-Africa relations.
  • Full access to the News Feed that provides daily updates on Chinese engagement in Africa and throughout the Global South.

China, Africa and the Global South... find out what’s happening.

Subscribe today for unlimited access.

What is The China-Global South Project?


The China-Global South Project is passionately independent, non-partisan and does not advocate for any country, company or culture.


A carefully curated selection of the day’s most important China-Global South stories. Updated 24 hours a day by human editors. No bots, no algorithms.


Diverse, often unconventional insights from scholars, analysts, journalists and a variety of stakeholders in the China-Global South discourse.


A unique professional network of China-Africa scholars, analysts, journalists and other practioners from around the world.