Author: Thomas Lum
The United States and the Republic of the Philippines maintain close ties including the bilateral security alliance, extensive military cooperation, and common strategic and economic interests. Other pillars of the bilateral relationship include shared democratic values and close people-to-people ties. The Philippines? history as a U.S. colony (1898-1946) also has shaped the relationship. Prior to U.S. administration, Spain ruled the archipelago for over 300 years. Filipino-Americans number roughly 3.5 million and comprise the largest foreign-born group in the U.S. Armed Forces. The Philippines plays an important role in the U.S. ?strategic rebalancing? to the Asia-Pacific region.