In a move that is sure to bolster the United States foreign policy in the region, the Pentagon has announced it will be sending more troops and equipment to the Philippines. This comes as tensions continue to mount in the South China Sea, with China and the Philippines claiming territory. The Philippine Army has welcomed the news, stating they are grateful for America’s support.

In the recent meeting of US President Joe Biden and Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos Jr, Biden acknowledged the countries’ “very deep roots.”

“The Biden administration’s embrace of Marcos reflects the growing importance of the Philippines in the United States’ regional strategy, particularly for Taiwan. To this end, the two sides are strengthening their alliance in preparation for contingencies in the region,” as noted by South China Morning Post.

“We’ve had some rocky times, but the fact is it’s a critical, critical relationship, from our perspective,” the US president said. “I hope you feel the same way.”