Deputy Secretary of Defense Spokesperson James Swartout provided the following readout:
Acting Deputy Secretary of Defense Christine Fox met today with Philippine Vice President Jejomar Binay to discuss enhancing bilateral defense ties and regional security issues.
Fox congratulated Binay on the recent signing of the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement, which deepens U.S. engagement with the Philippines. Fox also reiterated the U.S. commitment to helping the Philippines develop its maritime domain awareness and maritime security capabilities.
Fox and Binay commented on the productive discussions between U.S., Philippine, and other regional leaders at the recent U.S.-ASEAN Defense Forum hosted in Hawaii by Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel. Additionally, Binay complimented Fox on the success of President Obama's recent trip to the Philippines.
The two leaders also discussed regional security developments, including recent events in the South China Sea.