The United States and the Republic of the Philippines maintain close ties rooted in the period of U.S. colonial rule (1898-1946), a history of extensive military cooperation, the bilateral security alliance, and common strategic and economic interests. Other pillars of the bilateral relationship include shared democratic values, enduring cultural affinities, and close people-to-people ties. Filipino-Americans number roughly 3.5 million, making them the second-largest Asian-American immigrant group (after Chinese-Americans), and comprise the largest foreign-born group in the U.S. Armed Forces. The Philippines plays an important role in the Obama Administration’s “strategic rebalancing” to the Asia-Pacific region.
Date of Report: July 6, 2015
Order Number: IF10250
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