Joe Biden to host Marcos for talks at White House next month

PRESIDENT Joe Biden will host President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. for talks at the White House next month as the United States looks to continue to tighten relations with the Philippines.

White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said Thursday, April 20, 2023, that the two leaders’ meeting on May 1 is expected to focus on deepening economic cooperation, climate change, human rights, efforts to promote a free and open Indo-Pacific region and more.

The visit comes after the Philippines announced earlier this year that it would allow US forces to broaden their footprint in the nation. It was one of a series of moves by the administration aimed at strengthening an arc of military alliances in the Indo-Pacific to better counter China, including in any future confrontation over Taiwan.

Biden and Marcos had their first face-to-face meeting in September on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly.

Marcos, the son and namesake of the country’s former dictator, took office on June 30, 2022. / AP