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Indian and Japanese Maritime Forces Make Port Calls to Philippines as China Tensions Grow

Representatives of the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force and the Philippine Navy confer during a port call this week at Subic Bay, Philippines. Image by Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force

The Philippines appears to be taking inspiration from Vietnam’s multi-alignment strategy in its escalating confrontation with China over disputed territory in the South China Sea.

This week, the Philippines Navy welcomed ports of call from both the Indian and Japanese maritime forces.

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