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U.S., Philippines to Resume Defense Projects Under Military Pact

Lloyd Austin welcomes Delfin Lorenzana at the Pentagon Sept. 10.

Lloyd Austin welcomes Delfin Lorenzana at the Pentagon Sept. 10.

Photographer: Alex Wong/Getty Images 

The U.S. and the Philippines will resume defense projects after the Southeast Asian nation agreed to keep a military pact that President Rodrigo Duterte threatened to scrap, allowing both sides to boost longstanding alliance in the region.

Philippine Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana met with his U.S. counterpart Lloyd Austin in Washington on Sept. 10 where the two sides reaffirmed their commitment to further enhance relations after Duterte in July agreed to keep the Visiting Forces Agreement, according to a statement on Saturday.