Manila, Sept. 23 The President of the Philippines, Ferdinand Marcos Jr. held a symbolic moment of rapprochement with his “companion, ally and friend”, the United States, in a meeting with US President Joe Biden a day earlier in New York.
“Historically, we have always considered the United States our partner, ally and friend,” “Bongbong” Marcos, son of the late former dictator Ferdinand Marcos (1965–1986) and who became president last year, asserted in his meeting with Biden. Gave. May.
Marcos Jr. thus cements a return to fluid diplomatic relations between the Philippines and the US following the mandate of controversial former President Rodrigo Duterte, who sought China’s support and did not hesitate to distance himself from his traditional partner, the US.
Duterte, who, in an official visit to China after coming to power, announced the separation of the Philippines from the US, turning to Beijing in foreign policy matters, conscious of support, softened and softened his anti-American tone. ended his term. In the street that America wakes up among Filipinos.
Both Biden and Marcos referred to the South China Sea, where China disputes with the Philippines over sovereignty of several islands and atolls in the waters, which are estimated to contain 11,000 million barrels of oil.
A region in which harassment of Filipino fishermen by Chinese paramilitary forces has generated diplomatic friction in recent months.
“We continue to look to the United States for a lasting alliance and peacekeeping system in the region,” the Philippine president said.
In this way, Marcos Jr. seeks to build bridges with the US without destroying its ties with China – a country that he described as living a “golden age” as part of his mandate during Chinese Vice President Wang Yi’s visit to the Philippines last June. was invited to. – In a delicate game of diplomatic balancing.
The Philippine president has left for his six-day visit, which he arrived at last Sunday and which includes a meeting with US traders at the New York Stock Exchange, where the bell that started the Wall session last Tuesday rang.