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Marcos Calls for Closer Security Ties with Japan and the U.S. to Counter China in South China Sea

Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos, Jr. acknowledged that tensions with China have worsened in recent months and that the situation has become more "complicated." Kazuhiro NOGI / POOL / AFP

Philippines President Ferdinand Marcos, Jr. acknowledged this weekend that ties with China are deteriorating over the constant confrontations between the two countries in the South China Sea.

Marcos said “the South China Sea situation is the most complex geopolitical challenge that the world faces,” a statement quoted Marcos as saying in an interview with Japan’s state-run broadcaster NHK on Saturday. “Tensions have increased rather than diminished.”

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