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Bongbong Marcos will move the Philippines closer to China

Beijing stands ready to help Marcos family consolidate power over the long term

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Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. speaks during a rally in Caloocan, Metro Manila, on Feb. 19: A Bongbong administration will strengthen the capacity of the Marcos family to redirect Chinese commercial opportunities toward elites they favor.   © Getty Images

Alvin Camba is assistant professor at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver and a faculty affiliate at the Climate Policy Lab at Tufts University.

Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr., son of the former dictator Ferdinand Marcos, is on track to win the May 9 Philippine elections.

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