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The United States And The Philippines On Monday Signed A 10-Year Agreement That President Obama Says Will Give US Military Personnel Greater Access To Filipino Facilities, Airfields And Ports. However, Mr Obama, During A Joint News Conference With His Philippine Counterpart, Benigno Aquino, Said The Pact Will Allow US Forces To Rotate Through For Joint Training And Exercises, And Not Result In Permanent US Bases ... (Act / President Obama) The Agreement Was Signed By Philippines Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin And US Ambassador Philip Goldberg Before Mr. Obama's Arrival In The Country ... (Act / Goldberg) In A Commentary, The Official Chinese News Agency Xinhua Called The Philippines A Trouble-Maker, Who Has Encroached Upon Chinese Territiory And Harassed Chinese Fishing Boats, And Warned The Pact May Lead To Further Provocation. During A Pre-Trip Briefing, Deputy US National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes Said The Agreement With Manila Will Focus On Disaster Reponse And Counter-Piracy Activties, And The Move Is Not At China's Expense ... (Act / Rhodes) President Obama Called On China To Support Efforts To Manage And Resolve Maritime And Territorial Disputes Through Dialogue, Not Intimidation, Including The South China Sea. Peter Dean, Director Of Studies At The Australian National University's Strategic And Defense Studies Centre , Told Daybreak Asia's Victor Beattie The Agreement Differs From The President's Unequivocal Support For Japan's Administration Of Disputed Islands In The East China Sea. (Q&A Beattie / Dean) ... Dean Says The US/ Philippines Security Pact Is A Reaction To China's More Assertive Behavior In The East And South China Seas, Not As a Way To Contain China. And, He Says It Provides Reassurance To America's Asia Allies.  

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