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Joint Battlefield Training to Raise Pressure in South China Sea

Philippine soldiers patrolling the island of Thitu, where Manila is currently upgrading its facilities. Image: Jam Sta Rosa / AFP.

The U.S. military will reportedly introduce joint combat training with the Philippines in June. Major General Marcus Evans, commander of the U.S. 25th Infantry Division, told the Associated Press that the training would increase the Philippine army’s ability to fight in challenging jungle conditions.

The training will run from June 1 to 10. At Manila’s request, the training will be held in Philippine territory for the first time. It will involve about 2,000 people from both armies, backed by helicopters and artillery.

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