Philippines, Vietnam form alliance in the face of aggressive China

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The Philippines and Vietnam have agreed to enter a more strategic partnership in several areas, particularly maritime security, as they face threats from an increasingly aggressive China over territorial disputes over the the South China Sea. Manila’s and Hanoi’s chief diplomats “discussed a wide range of issues and agreed to further promote cooperation in many areas such as fisheries, ocean and maritime, defense and security, trade, and investment,” according to the Philippines’ Department of Foreign Affairs. Their armies also vowed to conduct joint training.

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