'ISIS and China are the biggest winners': What a Philippine-US military break-up means for Australia

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President Rodrigo Duterte has informed Washington that he will tear up a longstanding military pact, a decision that will have ramifications far beyond the Philippines.

"If they would like to do that, that's fine. We'll save a lot of money," Mr Trump said during a White House press briefing.Defence Secretary Mark Esper called the move a"move in the wrong direction".

Another top US official told reporters in the Philippines that the decision could effectively see the alliance"be reduced or disappear". Huong Le Thu, a regional security expert at the Australian Strategic Policy Institute, told the ABC that"since coming to office, Duterte has advocated for more 'independent' posture which in his understanding was more 'less America, more China'."The termination of the VFA will take 180 days to implement. Its reinstatement will require both the US and the Philippines to agree on doing so.

But Mr Heydarian said it will likely have immediate consequences, telling the ABC at least half of the 318 military exercises scheduled this year are expected to be scrapped.


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If we get a US air base in say Darwin? would be great for Australia ...but you at the ABC would hate a Trump USA military base here?

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