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Marcos Says Philippines on ‘Frontline’ of Maritime Disputes With China, ‘Will Not Yield’

Philippines' President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. (C) addresses the House of Representatives at the Parliament House in Canberra on February 29, 2024. Ferdinand R Marcos Jr. is visiting Australia for his first official visit to hold talks on bilateral and international issues. DAVID GRAY / AFP

Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos on Thursday told Australia’s parliament his country was on the “frontline” of a battle for regional peace, pledging resolve as he sought support in maritime disputes with China.

With Beijing’s warships loitering in waters off his country’s coast, Marcos told Australian lawmakers that “the Philippines now finds itself on the frontline against actions that undermine regional peace, erode regional stability, and threaten regional success.”

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