Philippines, US to hold largest ever joint war games

THE Philippines and the United States will hold their largest ever joint military exercises next month, Philippine and US officials said today, as the long-time allies seek to counter China’s growing regional influence.

A total of 17,680 soldiers will take part in the annual drills, which for the first time will include live-fire exercises in the disputed South China Sea and a simulated defence of a tiny Philippine island nearly 300km south of Taiwan.