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Philippines Eyes Defense Pact for Japanese Troop Visits

Philippine President Benigno Aquino says he wants to start talks toward signing a pact allowing Japanese troops to visit his country and join a wide range of operations, signaling a possible expanded Japanese troop presence in the South China Sea.   Aquino said Friday that a visiting-forces agreement would allow for refueling and other needs for Japanese troops while in the Philippines. Manila has similar deals with the U.S. and Australia. Japan and the Philippines agreed...

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