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Philippines Asks U.S. for Vaccine Help as China Tensions Grow

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The Philippines will restart military drills with the U.S. on Monday as the Southeast Asian nation seeks to speed up vaccine deliveries from its longtime defense ally.

Amid growing tensions in the South China Sea, more than 1,000 Filipino soldiers and 700 military personnel from the U.S. will participate in the drills, Philippine military chief Lieutenant General Cirilito Sobejana told reporters by phone Sunday, adding it’s a smaller group compared to previous exercises, given the coronavirus pandemic.