Philippines extends suspension of VFA termination, eyes long-term defence pact with US



The Philippines has for the second time suspended its decision to scrap the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) with the United States, this time “in appreciative recognition” of Washington’s part in keeping the South China Sea stable and secure, according to Manila’s foreign ministry.The initial six-month suspension of the Philippines’ abrogation of the VFA was meant to expire in December, and the further six-month suspension announced on Wednesday means the new deadline will reach the early days…

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