Philippines asks US for help

After historic 2+2 bilaterals this week in Washington, Philippine Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario gave a candid assessment of the state of his country’s maritime capabilities.  On Wednesday, he asked for US help with patrol boats, radars, planes and other hardware to help build a “minimum credible defense.”  He also said the Philippines would strengthen diplomatic ties with other nations to help in other areas.  Earlier, the US committed to at least one naval ship to help upgrade the Philippine navy.

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