US-China Rivalry and Emerging Asia-Pacific Power Structure
The visit to the Philippines last September 4-8 of America's super aircraft carrier, the USS George Washington, and its 5,500 crew of sailors/aviators was warmly welcomed and widely hailed by Metro Manilans. Some 1,700 crew members of the massive nuclear flat-top are Filipino-Americans who were delighted to visit their home-country and reunite with loved ones/relatives who put out the red carpet for them. In addition, the off-duty personnel were given liberty to go sight-seeing, shopping, and just enjoying themselves ashore.Beyond these personal bonding and rest/recreation activities, Fleet Commander, VAdm Dan Cloyd, saw to it that his command undertook community assistance/civic action activities such as helping to clean up esteros (canals) and doing medical work in various places. This is public relations SOP for US naval units doing port calls (as it is with our own Philippine Navy).Strengthening bilateral relationsProfessional Navy-to-Navy exchanges, however, took place not only onboard the US ships and during formal briefings, but also at the PN Golf Course where USN Captain David Lausman, USS GW Commanding Officer, and RAdm Vic Agdamag, PN Doctrine and Training Chief, competed in a golf tournament last September 7 with US Ambassador Harry Thomas participating.FVR …
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Publication information: Article title: US-China Rivalry and Emerging Asia-Pacific Power Structure. Contributors: Not available. Newspaper title: Manila Bulletin. Publication date: September 11, 2010. Page number: Not available. © 2009 Manila Bulletin Publishing Corp. COPYRIGHT 2010 Gale Group.
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