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Biden to discuss South China Sea, human rights with Marcos

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NEW YORK: United States (US) President Joe Biden on Thursday said he would discuss with his Philippine counterpart Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. the territorial disputes in the South China Sea.

The two leaders held a bilateral talks on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly.

In his remarks, Biden acknowledged that the relationship between the United States and the Philippines “has very deep roots,” noting that “we’ve had some rocky times but the fact is it’s a critical, critical relationship from our perspective.”

“And I expect we’ll discuss the South China Sea and disputes in critical global throughway. I’ve spent a lot of time with not only the President of China but others of international waters and how they had to be respected. We should talk about that long did I hope,” Biden said.

“And we also thank you for your position on the war against Ukraine and — by Russia. And how it’s impacting energy prices and food prices. And we are working very hard to be able to do something about that,” he added.

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Biden also told Marcos that he wants to talk “about human rights — several whole range of things.”

“But I am mainly — I’m interested to know what’s on your mind and how we can continue to strengthen this relationship,” he said.

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