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Marcos' unexpected whirlwind U.S. courtship will soon be tested

An unhappy China will likely demand price for big infrastructure investments

| Philippines
U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris delivers remarks on a Philippine coast guard ship at Puerto Princesa on Nov. 22: It is far from assured that the allies can sustain the current positive momentum.   © Reuters

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."

The Philippine-U.S. alliance is experiencing an unexpected renaissance under President Ferdinand Marcos Jr., who has welcomed a dramatic expansion in bilateral security cooperation amid rising tensions in the South China Sea and Taiwan Strait.

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