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The Philippines should seek to bond with U.S. on metals

Cooperation on critical mineral processing should bring new investment

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Nickel ore stockpiles at DMCI Mining's mine in Santa Cruz, the Philippines: The country is already the world's second-largest producer of nickel.   © Reuters

Makoi Popioco is Pacific engagement manager for the Australia Pacific Security College of Australian National University in Canberra. The views expressed here are his own.

While access to new bases and expanded military cooperation between the Philippines and the U.S. have grabbed headlines, an important economic component, namely collaboration on the processing of critical minerals and green mining, is emerging as another possible area of partnership.

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