US-Philippine Balikatan military exercises in South China Sea ‘not a message to Beijing’, insists Manila

//US-Philippine Balikatan military exercises in South China Sea ‘not a message to Beijing’, insists Manila

US-Philippine Balikatan military exercises in South China Sea ‘not a message to Beijing’, insists Manila

A military exercise in which US and Philippine forces simulate repelling a foreign power that has seized control of a Manila-controlled island in the South China Sea is not meant to send a message to China, presidential spokesman Salvador Panelo insisted on Monday. Responding to a question by the South China Morning Post, Panelo was adamant that the Balikatan 2019 naval drills, which took place from April 1 to 12, were “regular military exercises jointly agreed upon by the two countries even…

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