On 5 November 2013, it was reported that the USA and the Philippines are in disagreement about the USA's wish for a much increased military presence in the Philippines.
The Philippine Senate voted in 1991 to close down major U.S. bases.
Philippines: The Next US Military Base
The Philippines may be pressured to let the US military have its way.
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The USA wants the Philippines to be a member of its Trans-Pacific Partnership.
The TPP, currently being negotiated by 12 countries, aims to set up a free trade bloc which would represent over 40 percent of world trade.
The TPP would allow American companies to take over more Philippino companies.
Currently, the Philippines constitution limits foreign ownership in certain sectors.
The USA will hope to bully the Philippines into letting the USA take over its economy.
Phl seeks flexibility on TPP membership