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Marcos's ASEAN trip sets tone for 'independent' foreign policy

Philippine president to make first official trips to Indonesia and Singapore

Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. has vowed to "stand firm in our independent foreign policy," siding with neither the U.S. or China. (Source photos by AP and Reuters) 

MANILA -- New Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. on Sunday will embark on his first official overseas trip, to Indonesia and Singapore, setting the tone for a foreign policy that sides with neither the U.S. nor China.

Marcos, who took office on June 30 after a landslide election victory, has vowed to "stand firm in our independent foreign policy." The choice of Southeast Asian neighbors for the trip reinforces that message, a senior Philippine diplomat told Nikkei Asia.

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