US Secretary of State John Kerry warned
Kerry also announced that
The two sides are also in the final stages of hammering out a deal allowing more
"Today, I raised our deep concerns about
"The zone should not be implemented and
Tensions between the
Earlier this year
The zone covers disputed Tokyo-controlled islands -- known as the Senkakus in
"I told the (Philippine) foreign secretary that the
Kerry also threw his support behind the
"That is why we are negotiating a strong and enduring framework agreement that will enhance defence cooperation under our alliance, including through an increased rotational presence in the
John Blaxland, a defence analyst at the
"Kerry's visit can be expected to act as a catalyst for change," Blaxland told AFP, and underscored the Philipines's important role as
Kerry was expected to meet President Benigno Aquino Tuesday night, and visit the typhoon-ravaged central city of Tacloban Wednesday.
Kerry said the
On Tuesday Kerry paid tribute to the "resilience" of the Filipino people, which he said had inspired the world.
Del Rosario said Kerry's trip underscored the "increased momentum" of bilateral and defense ties.