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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden will host Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. for talks on the White Home subsequent month because the U.S. appears to be like to proceed to tighten relations with the Pacific nation.

White Home press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre mentioned Thursday that the 2 leaders’ assembly on Might 1 is predicted to concentrate on deepening financial cooperation, local weather change, human rights, efforts to advertise a free and open Indo-Pacific area and extra.

The go to comes after the Philippines introduced earlier this yr that it might allow U.S. forces to broaden their footprint within the Southeast Asian nation. It was certainly one of a sequence of strikes by the administration aimed strengthening an arc of navy alliances within the Indo-Pacific to higher counter China, together with in any future confrontation over Taiwan.

Biden and Marcos had their first face-to-face assembly in September on the sidelines of the U.N. Common Meeting.

Marcos, the son and namesake of the nation’s former dictator, took workplace final June.

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