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U.S. President Biden, Chinese envoy congratulate Marcos Jr.

By PhilSTAR L!fe Published May 12, 2022 11:24 am

World leaders have started congratulating presumptive President-elect Ferdinand Marcos, Jr. ahead of his imminent assumption as the country's next chief executive.

Biden, Chinese envoy congratulate Marcos Jr.

U.S. President Joe Biden has spoken with Marcos Jr. “to congratulate him on his election.”

In a readout of the phone call between the two politicians released by the White House, Biden said that the United States will continue to work with the Philippines

“President Biden underscored that he looks forward to working with the President-elect to continue strengthening the U.S.-Philippine Alliance, while expanding bilateral cooperation on a wide range of issues, including the fight against COVID-19, addressing the climate crisis, promoting broad-based economic growth, and respect for human rights,” the White House readout stated.

Marcos Jr.’s spokesman Vic Rodriguez said that a “better relationship with the US” is expected under the Marcos administration, which will have an “inclusive” foreign policy.

China’s ambassador to the Philippines Huang Xilian also congratulated Marcos Jr.

"I have no doubt that under the next administration, our bilateral relations will only become stronger, our peoples closer and our cooperation deeper and wider," Huang Xilian said in a statement.