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China will need more than promises to sway Marcos from U.S. turn

Philippine president's trip to Beijing yields no breakthroughs on key issues

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Ferdinand Marcos Jr. and Xi Jinping during a welcome ceremony in Beijing on Jan. 4: The Philippine president is likely to continue rebuilding ties with the U.S. and Japan.   © Xinhua/AP

Richard Heydarian is a senior lecturer at the Asian Center of the University of the Philippines and author of "The Indo-Pacific: Trump, China and the New Struggle for Global Mastery."

After a busy travel itinerary in his first six months in office, Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. kicked off the new year in style by embarking on a high-stakes state visit to China.

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