U.S. sees early 'challenges' dealing with new Philippines administration

Kurt Campbell

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# 11 May 2022 23:06 (UTC +04:00)

The United States is seeking early engagement with the newly elected administration of Ferdinand Marcos Jr. in the Philippines, although historical considerations mean there will probably be some initial challenges, the chief U.S. policy maker for Asia said on Wednesday, APA reports citing Reuters.

"Time will tell, but our desire will be to get off to a good start," Kurt Campbell, the White House coordinator for the Indo-Pacific said of Marcos's decisive victory on Monday in the Philippines' presidential election.

"We are seeking early engagement," he said. "There are some historical considerations that probably (mean), at least initially, there will be some challenges in that communication."

The Philippines is a long-standing treaty ally of the United States, but the victory of Marcos - son and namesake of the country's former dictator - is a potential blow to U.S. efforts to push back against China, Washington's main strategic rival.

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