Philippines US Military

August 8, 2013 - 7:36 AM
FILE--In this Oct. 23, 2011 file photo, Philippine marines storm the beach with their counterparts from the U.S. Marines Battalion Landing Team, 2nd Battalion, 7th Marines of the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit based in Okinawa, Japan, during the annual joint military exercise dubbed PHIBLEX (RP-US Amphibious Landing Exercise) at San Antonio, Zambales province northwest of Manila, Philippines. The Philippines and the U.S. will soon start negotiating the terms of a larger but temporary U.S. military presence in the country - which Manila hopes would deter what it says are China's aggressive intrusions in disputed waters, and Americans could use as a key foothold to reassert their dominance in booming Asia. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez, File)