Mico A Galang

Mico A Galang

Member, Young Leaders Program, Pacific Forum

Mr Mico A Galang is a member of the Young Leaders Program, Pacific Forum (Hawaii, United States).

Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida shakes hands with Philippine President Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr after their joint statement at Malacanang Palace in Manila, Philippines, on 3 November 2023. (Aaron Favila/Reuters)

First island chain strategy: Japan-Philippines security relationship deepens

While Japanese PM Kishida’s recent visit to Manila points to the upward momentum of the Japan-Philippines Strategic Partnership, it will also be a litmus test of Japan’s strategic goals in the rest of Southeast Asia.