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Carter to Visit Philippine Base Near Disputed Spratly Islands

U.S. Secretary of Defense Ash Carter is in Manila amid tensions between the Philippines and China over Chinese militarization of features in the South China Sea. Carter’s arrival Wednesday follows approval by the Philippines’ Supreme Court of a new agreement between Washington and Manila to allow U.S. rotational military forces on Filipino bases spread across the archipelago. “I wanted to come here as soon as possible after that to signify the importance of that to us and the...

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