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Obama strikes military deal with Philippines

President Barack Obama has arrived in the Philippines to seal a 10-year deal that will allow a larger US military presence in the southeast Asian nation, as the US seeks to boost its trade relations with Asia and rival a rising China.

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China criticises 'disturbing' US pact with Philippines

China's state news agency Xinhua has described a US military deal with the Philippines, which grants US forces a larger presence in the country, as "disturbing."

President Obama is currently in Manila on the last day of his four-day Asian tour to bolster America's ties with southeast Asian countries.

Given that the Philippines is at a bitter territorial row with China, the move is particularly disturbing as it may embolden Manila in dealing with Beijing.

A more assertive or even reckless Manila would stoke regional tensions and in turn upset Obama's policy of rebalancing.

– Xinhua

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