Philippines’ Marcos eyes deal with China to resolve sea row

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Presidential aspirant Ferdinand
Presidential aspirant Ferdinand "Bongbobg" Marcos Jr. and vice presidential aspirant Sara Duterte talks at their political rally in Rizal Province, Philippines on December 11, 2021. Marcos Jr, the only son of the late dictator, runs for president in the 2022 Philippine elections. After losing to vice presidential race against Vice President Leni Robredo in the 2016 elections, Marcos Jr. tries to run on the highest position in the Philippines with his vice presidential aspirant, Sara Duterte-Carpio, a mayor of Davao City and the daughter of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte. (Photo: Ryan Eduard Benaid/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

By Andreo Calonzo

Philippine presidential front-runner Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. said he plans to negotiate a deal with China to resolve the territorial dispute in the South China Sea if he wins this year’s elections while fostering ties with the US and Russia.

Marcos said the arbitration case which the Philippines won against China was “not effective,” and that a bilateral agreement with Beijing is the “only practical option.” The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) can also help resolve the sea row, he said in a DZRH radio interview on Tuesday.

The late dictator’s son said he will not side with any superpower, and will create his own foreign policy.

Marcos’s stance is similar to that of President Rodrigo Duterte, who has warmed ties with China, while maintaining the Southeast Asian nation’s alliance with the US. The Philippines has repeatedly filed diplomatic protests against China for its presence in disputed waters.

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