Biden Says United States Is Committed to Defending Philippines in First Meeting With Philippine President

President Joe Biden reaffirmed the United States’ “ironclad” commitment to the defense of the Philippines in his first bilateral meeting with the country’s new leader, as he seeks to bolster the U.S.–Philippine alliance.
Biden on Thursday met with President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly in New York. Marcos, the son and namesake of the late Philippine dictator, took office on June 30.
The two leaders discussed the situation in the South China Sea and underscored their support “for freedom of navigation and overflight and peaceful resolution” there, according to a readout issued by the White House….

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