FAST FIVE: VP Harris To Visit Disputed South China Sea Area After She Briefly Met With Xi
Harris will be the highest-level US official to visit the Philippine province of Palawan, which lies just outside of the nine-dash-line that Beijing claims in the South China Sea.
Harris arrived in Manila on Sunday and is set to visit Palawan on Tuesday.
for talks that, according to a Biden administration official, will be focused on reinforcing the US-Philippine alliance.
pic.twitter.com/C5gpFxdg1Q – Vice President Kamala Harris (@VP) November 19, 2022 Harris will also look for a boost in economic ties with Manila.
Under the EDCA, the US can rotate troops into the Philippines for prolonged deployments and build military facilities for US and Philippine forces to use.