PH and US hold 4th Bilateral Strategic Dialogue

The Philippines and the US held their Bilateral Strategic Dialogue in Washington DC on March 7-8, 2014. The fourth since the first was held in 2011 in the Philippines, the 2014 BSD brings together senior officials from both countries and serves as a platform for examining issues of mutual concern. 

In the area of defense and security, Philippine and US officials discussed how to further enhance the two countries defense cooperation to include maritime security collaboration, mechanisms to improve on capacities to respond to natural disasters and cyber security challenges. While recognizing the necessity of keeping the bilateral nature of the relationship, both the Philippine and US delegations acknowledged the utility of having other regional partners involved in PH-US activities, specifically in the exercises that are conducted. 

The Philippines  gave  updates  regarding its development of  minimum  credible  defense capability. Recognizing that their respective armed forces are undergoing transformation, with the Armed of the Philipines shifting from internal security operations to territorial defense functions and the US forces rebalancing to the Asia-Pacific, both sides reaffirmed the need to continue working together in developing their respective capacities.

In their examination of regional and global issues, the two sides explored ways on how to further enhance capacities in contributing to global peace and stability to include peacekeeping operations. The two other areas where the dialogue focused are on economics and trade and the rule of law.