Ruling on EDCA: A big victory for US
“The United States won a significant victory on Tuesday in its effort to counter China’s rising influence in the South China Sea, as the highest court in the Philippines cleared the way for American troops to return to the country on a regular basis.
“The Philippine Supreme Court, in a 10-to-4 decision, approved an agreement that would allow the American military to station troops and weapons at key bases in the Philippines, more than two decades after lawmakers in Manila voted to expel American troops in a show of anticolonialism. The Philippines was a United States colony from 1898 to 1946.”
That’s how the International New York Times, in the first two paragraphs of its lead news report, succinctly presented to its worldwide readers how it – and most probably the US establishment – regards this week’s ruling on the constitutional validity of the controversial Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement between the US and the Philippines signed in Manila in April 2014.