America has made a big deal with the Philippines to keep China under control. Here the US Army has got four more such airbases, which can play a big role in cornering China.
China to crack down on America And Philippines Has taken big steps. The Filipino government has given four such air bases to America, which will make it easier to counter China. For this, American Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin had reached Manila, where officially four military bases were handed over to America. Work on these military bases was going on since 2014, when the US-Philippines decided to set up five military bases.
Under the EDCA i.e. Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement, the US had planned to set up military bases in different parts of the Philippines. EDCA is of great importance to the Philippines, which includes training of soldiers, exercises and establishing better communication between the two armies. However, not much has been disclosed on the location of this military base. It is also not clear on which military base the US Army will be stationed in these.
America has these five air bases to counter China
Under the EDCA, the first five military bases were built, including César Basa Air Base, Fort Magsaysay Military Reservation, Lumumba Air Base, Antonio Bautista Air Base, Mactan Benito Abuaven Air Base. Recently, some officials of the US Defense Department had said that the US is working on a military base in the Philippines keeping China in mind. America is making big deals with many countries in Indo-Pacific especially to target China.
Easy for America to provide security to Taiwan
America has recently shared many modern technologies with India, and now the US Department of Defense plans to deploy US Marine Unit on Japanese Island. The new military base in the Philippines is very important for America. For example, especially in the South China Sea, it will help to counter Chinese aggression. With this, it will be easy for America to save Taiwan as well, which is claimed by expansionist China.
China claims South China Sea and Taiwan
Apart from these, China also tries to establish its rights on the disputed areas of the South China Sea. At the same time, America considers it a violation of international laws and has been advising China to desist from such provocative statements. In 2016, the Permanent Court of Arbitration rejected China’s claim on the South China Sea in one of its decisions in 2016.