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In Philippines, Mixed Feelings About Greater US Military Presence

In the tiny coastal Philippine town of Bahile in Palawan province, fishermen drop off the night’s catch with the local fish distributor. On the one main road that bisects the town, fish sorters load plastic tubs with the catch while children play on the shore during the sunny late morning.   But the idyllic scene is set against a back drop of tension and conflict brewing off shore in the South China Sea. US troops Here and elsewhere in the Philippines, some who will be...

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