MANILA (Reuters) – Philippines President-elect Ferdinand Marcos on Thursday promised to stop any international interference within the working of his nation, and to defend sovereign territory and stand as much as any Chinese language encroachment within the South China Sea.
In his strongest feedback but on how he’ll deal with ties with China, Marcos, who takes workplace on June 30, mentioned he would resist challenges from Beijing and persist with the 2016 ruling of a world arbitration courtroom that made clear the Philippines’ financial entitlements.
“There is no such thing as a wiggle room there. Our sovereignty is sacred. We won’t compromise it in any manner,” Marcos mentioned in an interview together with his new press secretary, which was proven on his Fb web page.
“We’re a sovereign nation with a functioning authorities. We don’t must be instructed by anybody how one can run our personal nation,” he mentioned.
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“There is no such thing as a room for negotiation there. It’s sacred, inviolable.”
Marcos, the son of the dictator ousted by a 1986 folks’s revolt, mentioned he wouldn’t permit any of the archipelago nation’s huge shoreline or its 200 nautical mile unique financial zone to be infringed.
“How will we do that? We discuss to China persistently with a agency voice,” Marcos mentioned.
The 64-year-old, who swept this month’s election with 59% of the vote, is predicted to lean in direction of China and final week promised to raise and broaden their ties to a brand new degree throughout a telephone dialog with President Xi Jinping.
Nevertheless, a pro-China stance might complicate the shut relationship with historic ally the US, a key supply of defence and diplomatic assist that has lengthy been well-liked amongst Filipinos and the army.
China’s embassy in Manila didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark.
Marcos mentioned his administration would have an unbiased international coverage and recognised that worldwide partnerships have been key to a secure area.
“Not solely economically however geopolitically, as we emerge from the pandemic and the disaster it introduced, we have now to kind alliance and partnerships,” he mentioned.
“No nation can change the geopolitical state of affairs on their very own. And people are the partnerships that can maintain issues secure.”
(Reporting by Neil Jerome Morales, Karen Lema and Enrico dela Cruz; Writing by Martin Petty; Enhancing by Ed Davies)
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