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US 'wants extended access' to Philippine bases

A Filipino soldier guards US refuelling planes at Clark airfield north of Manila in 2001. The United States wants to use Philippine bases for extended periods of up to 20 years, a Manila official said Saturday as the two sides are in talks on a wider US mThe United States wants to use Philippine bases for extended periods of up to 20 years, a Manila official said Saturday as the two sides are in talks on a wider US military footprint in Asia.