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Marcos is finding a new balance between U.S. and China

After policy swings, new Philippine president is building on legacy of his father

| Philippines
Ferdinand Marcos Jr. delivers his first State of the Nation address on July 25: The new president has staked out a tougher position toward Beijing   © Reuters

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

"In the area of foreign policy, I will not preside over any process that will abandon even one square inch of territory of the Republic of the Philippines to any foreign power," President Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. declared this week in his first State of the Nation address.

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