U.S. and Philippine troops conduct boat raid exercises
Sunday, May 11, 2014 - 01:27
May 11 - Philippine and U.S. forces participate in boat raid and live fire exercises south of Manila, as part of 10 day bilateral exercises promoting military ties between nations. Vanessa Johnston reports.
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Philippine and U.S. troops conduct mock boat raid assaults at a military camp south of Manila.
It's part of a 10-day joint exercise promoting military capabilities between nations.
The joint exercises test the combat readiness of the two allies in responding to maritime threats.
About 5,500 U.S. and Filipino forces are taking part in the joint exercises held at different military camps over a two-week period.
The annual joint exercise is the first under a new security pact with the U.S. in response to China's growing naval presence in the disputed South China Sea.
The Philippines has territorial disputes with China over the South China Sea -- which is said to be rich in deposits of oil and gas .
The issue has been in sharp focus at the ASEAN summit in Myanmar.
Tensions over the sea, which is claimed in part by four ASEAN members as well as China and Taiwan, have strained the group's unity in recent years, resulting in an embarrassing breakdown of a summit in Cambodia in 2012.
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