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China Sees Stronger Ties with Philippines Under Bongbong Marcos

Beijing seeking wider cooperation with Manila.
by Reuters
May 12, 2022
FILE PHOTO: Philippine presumptive president Bongbong Marcos is received at the Chinese Embassy in Manila in this photo released Oct. 20, 2021.

Relations between the Philippines and China will become stronger under the Southeast Asian country's incoming president, Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr., China's ambassador to Manila said on Thursday.

Marcos, the son and namesake of a former dictator, won an election this week by a landslide, a victory that could reshape his country's ties with both China and the United States.


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China was looking forward to working with the new government to upgrade cooperation, Ambassador Huang Xilian said in a Facebook post.

Marcos has long-standing ties with China and is seeking a new deal with Chinese President Xi Jinping over the contested waters of the South China Sea.

The Philippines is pivotal in the rivalry between the United States and China. Its maritime territory includes part of the South China Sea, a strategic and resource-rich waterway over which China also claims sovereignty.

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The Philippines is a long-standing treaty ally of the United States but the victory of Marcos is a potential blow to U.S. efforts to push back against China.

The relationship Marcos has had with the United States has been complicated by a contempt-of-court order for his refusal to cooperate with the District Court of Hawaii, which in 1995 ordered the Marcos family to pay $2 billion of plundered wealth to victims of Marcos Sr.'s rule.

Kurt Campbell, the White House coordinator for the Indo-Pacific, said on Wednesday the United States was seeking early engagement with the Marcos administration though he added thathistorical considerations meant there would probably be "some initial challenges".

U.S. President Joe Biden called Marcos to congratulate him on his victory and said he looked forward to strengthening their alliance, the White House said.

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