Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. and Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, right, conclude a joint news conference at the prime minister’s residence in Tokyo on Thursday. Photo by Kimimasa Mayama/EPA-EFE
February 9 (United Press International) — Japan reached deal with Philippine president on Thursday to continue military alliance Ferdinand Marcos Jr. responds to concerns about China.
Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida continues to reshape the country’s military status since signing new directive late last year This will allow Japan to do more with its military beyond its past post-World War II confines.
protocol Japan will be allowed to send troops to the Philippines for disaster relief and military exercises. Japan has also signed agreements with the United Kingdom and Australia.
Kishida also posted At a joint news conference in Tokyo, the Japanese government and business community funded a support package worth $4.6 billion to the Philippines through March 2024.
“Japan and the Philippines are neighbors across the sea and strategic partners who share basic values,” Kishida said.
The collaboration comes amid concerns that China could take more aggressive military action against Taiwan, a move that could disrupt the region.
The relationship between the Philippines and Japan is “stronger than ever as we navigate together the choppy waters affecting our region,” Marcos said. He added that the two countries would step up cooperation in “a wide range of mutually beneficial cooperation areas”.