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Sunday, July 19, 2015

Philippines’s Military Upgrade Stalls

BRP Ramon AlcarazA push by the Philippines to overhaul its obsolete military has ground to a halt just as the U.S. ally is striving to deter China in the disputed waters between them.

A string of programs collectively valued at $1 billion stalled early last year, according to military officials and executives involved in Philippine defense deals.

The delay underscores how the government’s efforts to transform the country’s derelict navy and air force have become mired in red tape, funding problems and corruption allegations.

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