Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III greets Jose Faustino Jr., then-Secretary of National Defense of Philippines at the 9th Association of Southeast Asia Nations Defense Ministers (ASEAN) Meeting-Plus in Siem Reap, Cambodia, Nov. 22, 2022. The U.S. military is poised to secure expanded access to key bases in the Philippines on the heels of a significant revamp of U.S. force posture in Japan. (Chad McNeeley/Department of Defense)

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