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The Visiting Forces Agreement will officially end on Aug. 9.   © Illustration by Takahiro Suganuma
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CLIFF VENZON, Nikkei staff writer | Philippines

MANILA -- In mid-March, Philippine and American military officials met at Camp Aguinaldo in Manila to confront the biggest question currently facing their alliance: What to do after Aug. 9?

The date marks the official termination of their Visiting Forces Agreement, 180 days after Manila served the notice of repeal to its lone mutual-defense treaty ally.

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