Increased Visits Sought in Face of ChiCom Push
By Harold Hutchison
The Philippines are opening talks with the United States to increase visits by American military forces to the country. Prior to 1991, American forces had bases in that country, notably Clark Air Base and Subic Bay Naval Base.
The Philippines are carrying out a major military buildup, acquiring a dozen fighters, frigates, and taking delivery of a second used Hamilton-class high endurance cutter from the United States. America’s 1991 departure was due to opposition from the Philippine people, but in the 22 years since, the support for an American return has increased.
Carl Baker, who is with the Center for Strategic and International Studies, also noted that recent incidents with Communist Chinese forces have resulted in the supporters of an American return being far more motivated than opponents.