The government of Philippines has suspended plans to cancel the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA), a deal that is important to Washington’s moves to counter Beijing’s rising regional power.
What is it?
A visiting force agreement (VFA) is an agreement between a country and a foreign nation having military forces visiting in that country.
VFA spells out the rules, guidelines and legal status of the U.S. military when operating in the Philippines.
The VFA also affirms the 1951 Mutual Defense Treaty as well as the 2014 Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement — agreements that enable the U.S. military to conduct joint exercises and operations in the Philippines.