Why Should We Care About the U.S.-Japan-Philippines Trilateral Summit?

SeaLight Director Ray Powell and his co-host, former senior U.S. diplomat Jim Carouso discuss his week's upcoming U.S.-Japan-Philippines trilateral leaders summit with expert guests Chris Johnstone and Dindo Manhit.
Ray Powell | APRIL 8, 2024
Why Should We Care About the U.S.-Japan-Philippines Trilateral Summit?

Ray Powell




Former senior U.S. diplomat Jim Carouso and I recently discussed historic April 11th Trilateral Summit between President Marcos of the Philippines, Prime Minister Kishida of Japan and President Biden of the United States.

We had as our guests Chris Johnstone, a long-time U.S. national security professional and the current Japan Chair at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington DC; and Victor "Dindo" Manhit, Founder and Managing Director of the Stratbase Group in Manila. They highlighted the importance of this new trilateral initiative in demonstrating a united front against China's assertiveness in the region. 

Here's a sneak preview:

Our discussion also highlighted the potential for increased military cooperation between the Philippines and Japan; the need for including economic incentives to strengthen the relationship; and remarked on the also-historic quadrilateral U.S.-Japan-Philippines-Australia patrol in the West Philippine Sea.

Our conversation wraps up by taking on the question of whether these efforts are sufficient to deter China's aggression.

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Ray Powell

Ray is the Director of SeaLight and Project Lead for Project Myoushu at Stanford University's Gordian Knot Center for National Security Innovation. He's a 35-year veteran of the U.S. Air Force and was a 2021 Fellow at Stanford's Distinguished Careers Institute.

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