US President Trump 'fine' with VFA termination

US President Trump 'fine' with VFA termination

The United States of America has been notified of the decision of the Philippines to terminate the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA), the military agreement gives a legal way for the US to station momentarily station troops in the country, conduct military trainings with Filipinos, and immediate response of the US military in terms of human assistance and disaster and relief.

The agreement which was signed in 1998, the decision to terminate the military accord the US embassy in the Philippines called a “serious step” the 180 days after the notice is given will formally terminate the accord.

“If they would like to do that, that’s fine, we’ll save a lot of money,” Trump told reporters at the White House.

US President Donald Trump and Philippine President Rodrigo Roa Duterte
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President Rodrigo Roa Duterte  dared to the change the status quo when in his public speeches he said he will tone down if not terminate the heavy reliance of the Philippines to the United States and has started cultivating warm relations with non-traditional partners like Russia and China.

Foreign Policy of the Duterte administration has been anchored to being “friends to everybody and enemies to none.”

Naysayers have been saying that the termination of such military accord paves the way for China being aggressive in the West Philippine Sea.

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