US, Philippines agree on locations covered by defense pact

WASHINGTON (AP) " U.S. and Philippine officials say they have agreed on locations where American forces will have access under a defense pact as the U.S. looks to reassert its presence in Asia.

The allies were holding strategic talks in Washington Friday amid heightened tensions in the South China Sea, where the Philippines is challenging China's sweeping territorial claims.

Senior U.S. defense official Amy Searight said there was agreement on five locations to be covered by the 10-year defense cooperation agreement. She did not identify them.

Searight said Defense Secretary Ash Carter would travel to the Philippines in April to discuss implementation of the pact.

This story has been automatically published from the Associated Press wire which uses US spellings

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