The Philippines and the United States are ramping up their military support, including doubling the number of troops involved in military exercises next year, as Manila begins to consider its role in China's possible war on Taiwan.

The US and the Philippines will send 16,000 troops next year to participate in Baliktan, the main annual military exercise between the two countries, Colonel Michael Logico, director of the Philippine Joint and Allied Forces, said 

"We will conduct full military tests for joint operations, including in Northern Luzon" near the coast of the country in Taiwan, Logico said in an interview with the Financial Times. 

In the annual defense dialogue of the US Indo-Pacific Command to be held in Hawaii next week, the military leaders will discuss more than 500 events for the coming year, from about 300 n 'this year. 

US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin and Philippine Defense Minister Jose Faustino Jr will meet on Thursday - the first time joint defense ministers will participate in the talks, according to two people familiar with the matter.  

The cooperation comes after China's growing military activity around Taiwan upset Filipino leaders and gained their support to strengthen the country's ties with the United States 

which weakened when then-President Rodrigo Duterte tried involvement in China in 2016. During his meeting with President Ferdinand Marcos Jr in New York this week, Joe Biden said that the relationship between these countries "has deep roots". 

which weakened when then-President Rodrigo Duterte tried involvement in China in 2016. During his meeting with President Ferdinand Marcos Jr in New York this week, Joe Biden said that the relationship between these countries "has deep roots".