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Philippines and Japan Sign Key Defense Pact

Japan's Foreign Minister Yoko Kamikawa (centre L) shakes hands with her Philippines counterpart Enrique Manalo (centre R), while Philippines Secretary of Defence Gilberto Teodoro (R) and Japan's Defence Minister Minoru Kihara (L) look on, after a joint press conference in Manila on July 8, 2024. Ted ALJIBE / AFP

The Philippines and Japan signed a key defense pact on Monday that will allow the deployment of troops on each other’s territory as they boost ties in the face of China’s growing assertiveness.

The Reciprocal Access Agreement (RAA) was finalised in Manila, where Japanese Defense Minister Minoru Kihara and Foreign Minister Yoko Kamikawa held talks with their Philippine counterparts Gilberto Teodoro and Enrique Manalo.

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