Philippine president Duterte restores key troop pact

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The Philippines has fully restored a key military deal with the United States, amid growing tensions in the contested South China Sea. Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana announced the decision during a news conference with his American counterpart in Manila. Lorenzana said President Rodrigo Duterte has retracted his earlier decision to terminate the pact. That’s known as the Visiting Forces Agreement. It provides rules for the rotation of thousands of US troops in and out of the Philippines for war drills. Last year, President Duterte decided to terminate the pact, after the US denied a visa to a senator close to him. Now, Washington has welcomed the pact’s restoration.

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