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US Announces Joint Patrols With Philippines in South China Sea

The U.S. military has been conducting joint patrols in the South China Sea with the Philippines and is increasing its presence on the archipelago with rotational forces and equipment, U.S. Secretary of Defense Ash Carter said Thursday. Speaking at a news conference in Manila with his Filipino counterpart, Carter said the first South China Sea joint patrol was carried out in March and the second was completed in early April. The Philippines is now the second country, behind Japan, with...

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