U.S. not trying to contain China: Obama

Apr 28, 2014, 12:29 PM EDT
MANILA, PHILIPPINES - APRIL 28: In this handout provided by Malacanang Photo Bureau', US president Barack Obama shakes hands with Philippine President Benigno Aquino at the presidential palace on April 28, 2014 in Manila, Philippines. The Philippines trip is the last leg of his four-nation Southeast Asian visit highlighted by the signing of a ten-year Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement between the US and the Philippines. The defense agreement involves greater access of US troops in military bases in the
Handout/Getty Images

President Obama and Philippine President Benigno Aquino III touted the benefits Monday of a new defense agreement, saying the goal is not to prevent China from expanding its influence but to ensure the region's disputes are handled fairly.