Visiting Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi (left) meets Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos Jnr, in Manila on July 6. Photo: Xinhua
Visiting Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi (left) meets Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos Jnr, in Manila on July 6. Photo: Xinhua
Richard Heydarian
Opinion

Opinion

Richard Heydarian

Whatever Marcos’ rhetoric, it suits Manila to be friendly with China and the US

  • The Philippine president’s uncompromising tone on the South China Sea is probably meant to reassure Western allies and the domestic audience
  • Economically and politically, however, China remains an important partner of the Philippines and a significant part of Marcos’ calculations

Visiting Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi (left) meets Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos Jnr, in Manila on July 6. Photo: Xinhua
Visiting Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi (left) meets Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos Jnr, in Manila on July 6. Photo: Xinhua
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