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Japan regards US presence in the Philippines as a deterrent to China

The Japanese government supports the military agreement between the United States and the Philippines and hopes that the US presence will help to contain China’s military power, said Yoshihide Suga, Secretary General of the Japanese Cabinet of Ministers.

“We support this agreement, it develops a policy of special attention to Asia, which is being pursued in various forms by the administration of President Barack Obama,” the head of the Cabinet of Ministers said.

Sources in the government of Japan expressed the hope that the agreement signed in Manila will become a deterrent against China, which, according to Tokyo, is now building up its military power in the East China and South China Seas.

Secretary General Sug of the Cabinet in this regard, said at a press conference that his government supports the Philippines, which intend to submit to the International Court of Justice its dispute with Beijing over the rights to a number of islands in the waters of the region.

Earlier it became known that Washington and Manila concluded a new agreement on defense cooperation, according to which the US Armed Forces can use the military facilities of the Philippines for 10 years without having the right to import nuclear weapons. The document is of a general nature, since the size, nature and conditions of deployment of US troops are to be determined in the course of subsequent consultations.

Meanwhile, on Sunday in the Philippine capital before the arrival of US President Barack Obama, a series of mass protests against the expansion of the US military presence on the archipelago took place.

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