Can China and the Philippines mend their strained ties? | Inside Story

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The Philippines and China have had a strained relationship in recent years - the next stage of which both sides are looking to shape during President Ferdinand Marcos Jr.'s visit to Beijing. Manila has historically been a close ally of the US, but that relationship cooled somewhat under the last Philippine President, Rodrigo Duterte who forged closer ties with Beijing. China is the country's most important trading partner. But they have significant differences too - such as Beijing's activities in the disputed South China Sea, which the Philippines has called illegal. China for its part says, the visit will focus on 'regional and international issues of common concern'. President Marcos says he is looking forward to increasing economic cooperation. So, what is at stake for both countries from this visit? Presenter: Laura Kyle Guests: Andy Mok - Senior Research Fellow at the Center for China and Globalization, Beijing. Marites Vitug - Editor-at-Large with the news website Rappler in Manila and Author of 'Rock Solid: How the Philippines Won Its Maritime Case Against China'. Ei Sun Oh - Senior Fellow at the Singapore Institute of International Affairs. Subscribe to our channel: http://bit.ly/AJSubscribe Follow us on Twitter https://twitter.com/AJEnglish Find us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/aljazeera Check our website: http://www.aljazeera.com/ Check out our Instagram page: https://www.instagram.com/aljazeeraenglish/ #Philippnes #China #Beijing # PhilippnesChinaTies #FerdinandMarcosJr #XiJinping
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