US and Philippines eye return to full military drills in 2022, will include US and UK as observers

The United States and the Philippines are planning to return to full-scale military drills in 2022 after two years and will invite Australia and Britain as observers, in another sign of the Biden administration’s push to deepen ties in the Indo-Pacific and counter China’s assertiveness.America wants “to increase the complexity and scope” of its military exercises with the Philippines, and plans to invite new partners to join the drills, Admiral John Aquilino, the US Indo-Pacific Command chief,…


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