Members of US Marines fold their national flag during the closing ceremony of the annual joint US-Philippines military exercise in Manila on May 19. The Philippines and the United States launched annual military exercises on May 8 but the long-time allies scaled them down and focused only on counter-terrorism and disaster relief in line with President Rodrigo Duterte’s pivot to China and Russia.
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