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Biden Vows ‘Ironclad’ Defense of Philippines in Marcos Meeting

Ferdinand Marcos Jr., left, with Joe Biden in New York City on Sept. 22.
Ferdinand Marcos Jr., left, with Joe Biden in New York City on Sept. 22.Photographer: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images

President Joe Biden reaffirmed the United States’ “ironclad commitment to the defense of the Philippines” during his meeting with counterpart Ferdinand Marcos Jr. in New York.

The two leaders also “underscored their support for freedom of navigation and overflight” in the South China Sea, and sought peaceful resolution of disputes, according to a White House readout. Biden and Marcos also tackled expanding ties in energy security, climate action and infrastructure, the White House said.