Philippine Ambassador Enable The U.S. To Use It’s Military Bases During Taiwan Crisis

According to media reports on September 5th, the Philippine ambassador to the U.S., Jose Manuel Romualdez said in a recent interview that the Manila authorities are willing to allow the U.S. military forces to use their military bases when a crisis breaks out across the Taiwan Strait, as a conflict in the area could pose a threat to national security of the Philippines.

Romualdez expressed concern over the current rising tensions between Beijing and Washington. He pointed out that based on the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement signed in 2014, the Philippines would permit the U.S. to use five of its military bases. However, both countries are negotiating to expand the number of military outposts available for the U.S. military.

Romualdez also mentioned that former president Rodrigo Duterte was open to allowing American troops to use his country as a staging ground during the cross-strait conflict.

Yet, both sides did not discuss the issue further during his tenure, while Incumbent Philippine President Ferdinand Romualdez Marcos stressed the importance of improving U.S.-Philippines relations.

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