End of Philippines-US troop agreement a ‘loss for America’

Published on February 14, 2020 by

Former Pentagon adviser Jason Israel says the Philippines ending the US troop agreement is “a loss for America”.

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte told the US Embassy in Manila his intentions to end the Visiting Forces Agreement which has lasted for two decades.

“The US is in competition with China and things like this are the scoreboard in which the US has said that it is playing, and this is definitely a loss for the US,” Mr Israel told Sky News.

“It almost seemed as though it was in response to the US revoking a visa of one of his [Duterte] allies.”

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