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U.S. Will Be Philippines' Only Military Ally, Foreign Chief Says

  • Southeast Asian nation doesn’t need any other, Locsin says
  • Duterte last week told China to ‘lay off’ disputed island
Mike Pompeo and Teodoro Locsin at a news conference in Manila on March 1
Mike Pompeo and Teodoro Locsin at a news conference in Manila on March 1Photographer: Andrew Harnik/AFP via Getty Images

The U.S. will remain the Philippines’ only military ally, Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin said, amid an increased Chinese presence near a disputed island in the South China Sea.

The U.S. is “the only world power that is a bastion of democracy and human rights, is and will remain our only military ally. We don’t need any other,” he tweeted on Sunday.