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Opinion

Marcos should revive Chinese-backed rail projects on new terms

New Philippine administration can create better system to develop infrastructure

| Philippines
Ferdinand Marcos Jr. in Quezon City on Aug. 8: His popularity and political capital can be leveraged.   © Reuters

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

Philippine President Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. surprised many observers who had expected him to continue the pro-Beijing approach of his predecessor by suspending three major Chinese-funded railway projects worth close to $5 billion soon after taking office.

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