Philippines, US sign defence pact

The US and the Philippines have signed a deal to allow a bigger US military presence on Filipino territory amid China tensions.

The Philippines and the United States have signed an agreement to allow a bigger US military presence on Filipino territory, hours ahead of a visit to Manila by US President Barack Obama.

Philippine Defence Minister Voltaire Gazmin and US ambassador Philip Goldberg on Monday signed the 10-year pact, which is seen as another element of Obama's effort to focus US military and economic attention more heavily on Asia.

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