Meanwhile, the Philippine side welcomed the possibility of a trilateral cooperation among the PH, Japan and US considering that Japan is both a strategic partner of the PH and a fellow US ally. Japan has regularly participated as observer in the largest PH-US military exercise, the Balikatan and the Pacific Partnership, a program spearheaded by the US which is intended to build HA/DR capacity of regional armed forces.
Acknowledging that PH and Japan defense relations are indeed becoming more robust, both delegations exchanged views on how to further deepen their relations. Education and training exchanges as well as high level visits will be sustained. Cooperation on equipment and technology transfer shall likewise be pursued. With the PH having signed with Japan an agreement on defense equipment and technology transfer earlier this year, Tokyo is slated to send to Manila 5 TC-90 maritime surveillance aricraft.
Having been convened for four times, the vice-ministerial dialogue between the two defense establishments is evolving to become the primary platform for defense dialogue between Manila and Tokyo.
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