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Philippines, Indonesia Strengthen Ties Against Backdrop of China’s Regional Assertiveness

Indonesia's President Joko Widodo (L) and Philippines' President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. deliver a joint statement at the Malacanang Palace in Manila on January 10, 2024. Ezra Acayan / POOL / AFP

The Philippines is bolstering ties with Indonesia and welcoming the country’s desires to help mediate tensions in the South China Sea, where Chinese and Philippine forces have clashed repeatedly throughout recent months.

Indonesian President Joko Widodo and Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. met in Manila to discuss the maritime disputes and ways to build closer ties.

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