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Rappler Talk: What does the PH-Japan RAA mean for Manila?

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Rappler Talk: What does the PH-Japan RAA mean for Manila?
Rappler talks to Joshua Espeña to make better sense of the newly signed Reciprocal Access Agreement between the Philippines and Japan

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippines and Japan on Monday, July 8, signed a Reciprocal Access Agreement (RAA), a deal that eases access for the militaries of both countries.

Filipino and Japanese ministers have hailed it as a landmark agreement that brings bilateral defense ties to “an unprecedented height.”

In this edition of Rappler Talk, we speak to Joshua Espeña, vice president of the International Development and Security Cooperation think tank and lecturer at the Polytechnic University of the Philippines, to understand what the deal means for the Philippines’ security and defense sector, and why it made sense for both countries to finish the RAA in record time.

Bookmark this page to tune in to the interview on Tuesday, July 9, at around 6 pm. – Rappler.com

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