A protester displays a placard in front of riot police during a rally at the US Embassy to protest the visit of U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry Wednesday, July 27, 2016, in Manila, Philippines. The protesters are calling for the pullout of U.S. troops in the country under the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement or EDCA which was entered into by the Philippines and U.S. militaries.

Former American Colony Takes Center Stage In South China Sea Dispute

The Philippines was under American colonial rule from 1898 to 1946. Despite gaining independence, the island nation is now being used as a tool to apply pressure on China, America’s biggest rival in the South China Sea.