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US, China Congratulate Marcos Jr On Philippine Presidential Win

The United States and China have welcomed Ferdinand Marcos Jr’s presidential win in the Philippines, after the son of the country’s former dictator declared victory and pledged to be a leader “for all Filipinos”.

US President Joe Biden congratulated Marcos Jr in a phone call, the White House said in a statement on Thursday, underscoring that he looks forward to working with the president-elect to continue strengthening ties with the Philippines, a longstanding treaty ally of Washington.

Biden said he wants to expand bilateral cooperation on a wide range of issues, including the COVID-19 pandemic, the climate crisis, economic growth and respect for human rights.

China’s ambassador to the Philippines, Huang Xilian, also sent a congratulatory message to Marcos Jr on behalf of Chinese President Xi Jinping saying Beijing looked forward to upgrading cooperation with the next Philippine government.

With Marcos’s “vision for the Philippines and wisdom to navigate through different obstacles, I am confident that a Philippines under the next administration will surely demonstrate unprecedented unity to rise above all challenges, to recover from the pandemic and to prosper,” Huang said in a statement on Facebook.

He added that Beijing looks “forward to working with the next Philippine government to upgrade our Relationship of Comprehensive Strategic Cooperation to a new height”.

The Philippines sits on the front lines of US-China tensions, while some analysts saying it spells a potential blow to efforts by the US to push back against China, its main strategic rival in the Pacific.

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