NEW YORK — US President Joseph R. Biden, Jr., and his Philippine counterpart, Ferdinand R. Marcos, Jr., underscored their help for freedom of navigation and overflight in the South China Sea on Thursday, in response to China’s efforts to exert its affect there.
Messrs. Biden and Marcos held their first face-to-face talks on the sidelines of the United Nations Basic Meeting. Mr. Marcos, son of the late Philippine President Ferdinand E. Marcos, Sr., took energy in June.
“The leaders discussed the situation in the South China Sea and underscored their support for freedom of navigation and overflight and the peaceful resolution of disputes,” the White Home mentioned in an announcement after the talks.
Mr. Biden mentioned as the 2 males started their talks that he wished to speak concerning the South China Sea, coronavirus illness 2019 (COVID-19) and renewable power. He thanked Mr. Marcos for opposing Russia’s struggle in Ukraine.
The US has accused China of elevated “provocations” in opposition to rival claimants to territory in the South China Sea and different nations working there.
“The role of the United States in maintaining the peace in our region is something that is much appreciated by all the countries in the region and the Philippines especially,” Mr. Marcos mentioned.
The Philippines is a key ally of america and very important strategically in case of any US have to defend Taiwan militarily from Chinese language assault, given its geographical place.
The US is eager to rearrange larger entry to bases in the Philippines given the necessity to put together for that contingency.
“The leaders reflected on the importance of the US-Philippines alliance. President Biden reaffirmed the United States’ ironclad commitment to the defense of the Philippines,” the White Home mentioned.
Manila’s ambassador to america, a relative of Mr. Marcos, instructed Japan’s Nikkei newspaper this month the Philippines would let US forces use the Southeast Asian nation’s navy bases in the occasion of a Taiwan battle solely “if it is important for us, for our own security.”
The assembly with Mr. Biden underlines the gorgeous turnaround in fortunes for the disgraced former first household of the Philippines, 36 years after Mr. Marcos’s father was pushed into exile by a “people power” rebellion.
The brand new president is on his first journey to america in 15 years. He’s the topic of a US contempt-of-court order for refusing to cooperate with a Hawaii court docket that dominated the Marcos household should pay $2 billion of plundered wealth to victims of abuses throughout his father’s martial legislation period.
He has rejected allegations his household stole from the treasury and has diplomatic immunity as head of state. — Reuters