Now that China is seeking to dominate their immediate region. There now seems some sort of cooperation between Japan and the Philippines which is seeking to Counter the Chinese aggression. However, the tide has turned and it's now the Chinese who are seeking to become the dominant force as opposed to the World War 11 era when the Japanese dominated and massacred thousands of Chinese and Philippine citizens amongst people from other countries in the region. The good thing is that The Chinese have not invaded the Philippines. However, the Philippines out of fear of the Chinese has found it necessary to side with Japan which was once their bitter enemy and great oppressor.