Philippines seeks US support against China

President Benigno Aquino travels to Washington as relations with neighbour China continue to sour.

    Benigno Aquino, the Philippines president, is set to meet Barack Obama, his US counterpart, in an attempt to garner more support from Washington as Manila's relationship with China becomes increasingly strained.

    Tensions have escalated recently between the Philippines and its neighbour over territorial disputes in the south China sea.

    Some left-wing groups have accused the Philippine government of over-blowing the conflict as a means to justify more US involvement in its domestic and regional affairs in a bid to contain China's growing influence.

    The meeting comes as the Philippines military looks to the US for assistance in its modernisation plans, and Washington redeploys warships to the Asia Pacific region.

    Al Jazeera's Marga Ortigas reports from Manila.

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera English


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    Interactive: Take a tour through divided Jerusalem

    Interactive: Take a tour through divided Jerusalem

    Take a tour through East and West Jerusalem to see the difference in quality of life for Israelis and Palestinians.

    Stories from the sex trade

    Stories from the sex trade

    Dutch sex workers, pimps and johns share their stories.

    Inside the world of India's booming fertility industry

    Inside the world of India's booming fertility industry

    As the stigma associated with being childless persists, some elderly women in India risk it all to become mothers.