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U.S. and Philippines eye first 2-plus-2 meeting in 7 years by spring

Allies set for discussions on joint defense guidelines focused on China

A ceremony to commemorate Veterans Day is held at the Manila American Cemetery and Memorial in Taguig City, Philippines, on Nov. 11, 2022.   © Reuters

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. and the Philippines are discussing holding a two-plus-two meeting of top diplomatic and defense officials by spring, the first between the allies in seven years, Nikkei has learned.

Philippine Ambassador to the U.S. Jose Manuel Romualdez said last Friday that the two sides are looking toward a meeting in March. Another source said it will likely take place by spring.

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