Manila offers U.S. wider military access, seeks weapons.

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The Philippines is offering the United States greater access to its airfields and may open new areas for soldiers to use, as the Pacific country seeks stronger military ties with its closest ally, moves likely to further raise tensions with China.

In exchange for opening its bases, the Philippines will ask Washington for more military equipment and training, including a another Hamilton-class warship and possibly a squadron of old F-16 jet fighters, Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario told Reuters on Thursday.

“As part of building up our minimum credible defense posture, we would like the Americans to come more often,” del Rosario said in an interview at his office near Manila Bay.

Source: Manuel Mogato and Rosemarie Francisco for Reuters.

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