Inside the Philippines’ “delicate dance” with China and the U.S.

The Philippines is threading a delicate threesome with its newfound love with China, and long-standing relationship with the U.S.

In a diplomatic reception at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC, Philippine ambassador to the U.S., Jose Manuel Romualdez, says the Philippines is beefing up its maritime capability to defend itself from external threats.

Two brand new missile-armed warships — BRP Jose Rizal and BRP Antonio Luna are expected to be delivered and added to its arsenal as early as next year.

“These frigates are completely equipped with electronic warfare capability and will be used to protect our economic zone and support Maritime Patrol operations… we have also recently signed a contract for the purchase of 16 Blackhawk helicopters from the US.”

U.S. undersecretary of state for management — Fil-Am Brian Joseph Ulatao says the U.S. continues to support the stabilization efforts in the South China Sea, with over 340 million dollars of us foreign military aid over the last several years.

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