Breaking with some of its neighbors, the Philippines welcomed the new security deal between Australia, the US and UK as beneficial to the Indo-Pacific region. The arrangement sparked a row with France and was criticized by China.

In a statement released on Tuesday, Philippine Foreign Minister Teodoro Locsin said the country welcomed the recently announced security pact between Australia, the US and the UK, which allows Canberra to acquire nuclear-powered submarines with American and British help. (RT)