Marcos meets Biden in New York

President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. and US President Joe Biden have met on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly in New York.Marcos meets Biden

According to a tweet by GMA News’ Ivan Mayrina, a senior White House official said that the two leaders were expected to discuss the state of the global economy and how it is impacting the Philippines; the South China Sea; the security relationship between the US and the Philippines; and “the full breadth of issues in the alliance.”

“The 100-plus-year-old relationship between the Philippines and the US continues to evolve as we face the challenges of this new century… maintaining peace despite all the complexities that have arisen in the past few months,” Marcos said.

“So thank you again, Mr. President, for making time to see us,” he added.

“We are your partners, we are your allies, we are your friends. And in like fashion, we have always considered the United States our partner, our ally and our friend,” Marcos said. 

A Reuters report quoted Biden as saying, as the two men began their talks, that he wanted to talk about the South China Sea, where China is exerting its influence, as well as COVID-19 and renewable energy. He thanked Marcos for opposing Russia’s war in Ukraine.

Marcos, meanwhile, said that the US’ role in maintaining peace in the region “is something that is much appreciated by all the countries in the region and the Philippines especially.” – Techzone.bzAdTechzone -

The Philippines is a key ally of the United States and vital strategically in case of any US need to defend Taiwan militarily from Chinese attack, given its geographical position.

Manila’s ambassador to the United States Jose Manuel Romualdez told Japan’s Nikkei newspaper this month the Philippines would let US forces use its military bases in the event of a Taiwan conflict only “if it is important for us, for our own security.”

Gregory Poling, a Southeast Asia expert at Washington’s Center for Strategic and International Studies think thank, said the meeting with Biden was a sign that the Biden administration was serious about deepening the long-standing US alliance with the Philippines.

Kishida meeting

Marcos also had a bilateral meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, with whom he discussed strengthening cooperation in priority areas for his administration such as agriculture, energy, health and infrastructure.

Japanese Foreign Ministry Press Secretary Hikariko Ono said that Kishida also mentioned in the meeting that “the international community needs to oppose unilateral attempts to change the status quo by force in the East and South China Sea, as well as economic coercion.” —with a report from Reuters/NB/BM, GMA News

This article Marcos meets Biden in New York was originally published in GMA News Online.

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