Marcos says tells Xi intends to pursue independent foreign policy

January 5, 2023 - 6:18 PM
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Philippines President Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr., meets with with China's National People's Congress (NPC) Standing Committee Chairman Li Zhanshu at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China, January 4, 2023. (Office of the Press Secretary/Handout via Reuters)

 Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos Jr said on Thursday he had told his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping that his administration intends to pursue an independent foreign policy.

“I emphasised to President Xi how my administration intends to pursue an independent foreign policy, that we are more than willing to cooperate whenever possible in the pursuit of regional peace and our two countries’ national interest,” he said in an arrival speech in Manila following a trip to Beijing.

—Reporting by Neil Jerome Morales; Editing by Ed Davies