November 13, 2021

The US-Philippines dialogue on defense and economic cooperation will take place on November 14th.

The Philippine and US governments will have their ninth bilateral strategic discussion (BSD) in Washington, D.C. from November 14 to 15, according to the US Embassy in Manila.

Since January 2011, the BSD has brought senior leaders from both countries together to discuss defense, economics, the rule of law, and regional diplomacy cooperation.

Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs Daniel Kritenbrink and Assistant Secretary of Defense for Indo-Pacific Security Affairs Ely Ratner will co-chair the next debate, according to the Embassy.

Jose Manuel Romualdez, Philippine Ambassador to the United States, and Cardozo Luna, Undersecretary of the Department of National Defense, will accompany the US representative.

The meeting comes months after the Philippine government reinstated its Visiting Forces Agreement with the United States, demonstrating the two countries’ continued alliance.

The most recent BSD was held in Manila in July of this year.

Manila and Washington, D.C. vowed to strengthen their already strong defense cooperation by enhancing defense infrastructure, modernizing personnel and logistical procedures, and increasing mutual communication and coordination on operational elements of regional security during the previous dialogue.

Both parties agreed to start organizing a variety of actions to promote marine domain awareness.

A collaborative statement on higher education cooperation and a Science and Technology Agreement was also signed at the 2019 BSD.

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