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Philippines puts plans for joint patrols with U.S. military on hold

Philippines puts plans for joint patrols with U.S. military on hold

The Philippines’ government has informed the Pentagon that it has suspended joint naval patrols with the U.S. military in the disputed areas of the South China Sea.

Philippine Defense Minister Delfin Lorenzana told reporters Friday he informed the commander of the U.S. military’s Pacific Command of the decision to halt the missions, which were launched this year to send a message to China.

“They know it already,” he said of U.S. officials. “There is no patrol in the South China Sea.”

The patrols were part of President Obama's plan to shift U.S. focus from the Middle East to East Asia, a strategy often termed his "Asia...

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