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Japan and U.S. should pursue strategic cooperation with Philippines

Forcing Manila to choose sides would only risk pushing it toward China

Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos Jr., left, meets with Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida in Tokyo on Feb. 9. (Photo by Uichiro Kasai)

Japan and the Philippines are both maritime Asian nations that face the hegemonic threat of China. We welcome the deepening of their ties.

Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida met with Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. in Tokyo on Feb. 9 and the two leaders agreed to strengthen security and economic relations.

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