US President Barack Obama (L) waves next to Philippines Air Force chief Major General Jeffrey Delgado (R) before boarding Air Force One for his departure from Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Manila on April 29, 2014. AFP PHOTO / Jay DIRECTO
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US President Barack Obama ended an Asian tour Tuesday with a warning to China against using force to resolve territorial disputes, and an "ironclad" promise of military support for the Philippines.Obama used an address to US and Filipino troops in Manila to again voice concern over the increasingly tense maritime rows between China and US allies in the region, an issue that has dominated his four-nation trip.Obama sought on Tuesday to reassure the Philippines that the United States would back its ally in the event of being attacked, citing a 1951 mutual defence treaty between the two nations.While offering pledges of protection to Japan and the Philippines, Obama also insisted the United States was not seeking to counter or contain China.After Obama made his speech on Tuesday, Aquino ally Senator Antonio Trillanes said the Philippine leadership was now fully aware that US troops would not join Filipino troops in a potential conflict with China over the South China Sea.
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