The U.S. could also use this moment to try to renegotiate a new and better deal with the Philippines — one that meets President Duterte`s goal of being strong against the U.S. and one that gives President Trump the opportunity to put his unique stamp on another important deal, this time a defense deal. this could further U.S. interests for years to come. Following the signing of the Manila Declaration, representatives of the United States and the Philippines met to sign a new partnership that will strengthen economic and defensive relations between the two countries. This new formal agreement is the Partnership for Growth. We will always stand by your side and fight to achieve the future we want.  If the VFA ends, what will happen to other treaties and military agreements with the United States? Article V defines the significance of the attack and its purpose, which includes all attacks by an enemy Power, as an attack on an agglomeration of both Parties or on island areas under their jurisdiction in the Pacific or against their armed forces, public vessels or aircraft in the Pacific.  In accordance with Article VI, this Treaty shall not affect, impede or be interpreted in such a way as to affect the rights and obligations of the Parties to the Charter of the United Nations.  Article VII provides that the treaty is ratified in accordance with the constitutional procedures established by the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of the Philippines.  Finally, Article VIII provides that the terms of the contract are permanent until one or two parties intend to terminate the agreement.
If the contract is to be terminated, each party must announce it one year in advance.  This reflects, in a way, the desire of the small countries of this region to have a more proactive role, which is commensurate with their interests on the part of great powers such as the United States. This desire poses challenges and opportunities to the great powers. Even countries like the United States are cautiously balancing their relations with Beijing in our time, despite the ongoing trade war with China. Therefore, if it directly asserts that it will side with its contractual partner in a collision with its very important trading partner, the United States would find itself in a difficult situation. The Scarborough Shoal standoff in 2012 had also tested the Obama administration`s Asian pivot policy and many had questioned the authenticity of the policy when the US maintained a neutral stance in the impasse. The Philippines` desire for a stronger TDM has again put the United States in a difficult situation.