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Philippines may allow U.S. military access during Taiwan crisis

American forces could use bases only 'if it is important for us,' ambassador says

The USS Wasp participates in amphibious landing exercises during U.S.-Philippines war games in 2019.   © Reuters

WASHINGTON/MANILA -- The Philippines would let U.S. forces use the Southeast Asian nation's military bases in the event of a Taiwan conflict only "if it is important for us, for our own security," the Philippine ambassador to the U.S. says.

Jose Manuel Romualdez, who is a relative of Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. and wields strong influence over the new leader's foreign and security policies, expressed concern about rising tensions between the U.S. and China.

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