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Philippines, US, Japan, Canada hold maritime cooperative activity in WPS

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The Philippines, Japan, the United States, and Canada have conducted Multilateral Maritime Cooperative Activity in the South China Sea, particularly in the country’s exclusive economic zone in the West Philippine Sea.

According to a statement released by the Japanese Embassy in the Philippines, the Philippine Navy, Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force, US Navy, and Royal Canadian Navy have affirmed their commitment to strengthen regional and international cooperation in support of a free and open Indo-Pacific during the joint exercises.

The Armed Forces of the Philippines confirmed the maritime activity took place on June 16 within the Philippines’ exclusive economic zone.

“Japan is committed to strengthening its partnership with like-minded countries in upholding freedom of navigation and rule of law,” the Japanese Embassy statement said.   

In April, it was reported that the Philippines, the US, and Japan were looking at more combined naval training and exercises together. The three countries also vowed to strengthen their cooperation in efforts to promote domain awareness, along with humanitarian assistance and disaster relief.

The Philippines is also expected to receive support for its defense modernization programs and projects from its partners.


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