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Philippines seeks more military aid from US to counter China

US Marines amphibious assault vehicles (AAV) speed past a landing ship during an exercise with the Philippines military at San Antonio in Zambales province on April 21, 2015The Philippines said Tuesday it would soon ask the United States for more military equipment and training to build its defences, as it faces Chinese “aggressiveness” in disputed waters. As hundreds of Filipino and American Marines simulated an amphibious assault to reclaim territory from invaders during annual war games, military chief General Gregorio Catapang told AFP he was drafting a “wish list” for US aid. Catapang said the Philippines would ask for “equipment and training”, when Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario travelled to the US in about a week’s time. He said he hoped the US military would train his men on the operation of amphibious tanks, which the Philippines is buying for the first time this year as part of a defence upgrade.

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