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Between the USA and China: Marcos Jr. seeks balance

First official visit to Beijing: Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. with President Xi Jinping

The United States and China are vying for influence in Southeast Asia. Nowhere is this more apparent than in the Philippines, where the US, as a former colonial power, has held a kind of patronage for decades, including a bilateral defense treaty. For the US, the island nation is an important partner in the region, which has traditionally avoided alliances.

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