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Philippines’ Marcos Eyes Deal With China to Resolve Sea Row

Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr.

Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr.

Photographer: Jam Sta Rosa/AFP/Getty Images

Philippine presidential front-runner Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. said he plans to negotiate a deal with China to resolve the territorial dispute in the South China Sea if he wins this year’s elections, while fostering ties with the U.S. and Russia.

Marcos said the arbitration case which the Philippines won against China was “not effective,” and that a bilateral agreement with Beijing is the “only practical option.” Asean can also help resolve the sea row, he said in a DZRH radio interview on Tuesday.