Philippine President Marcos Jr. to visit the US

Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. is set to visit the United States next week to take part in the United Nations General Assembly.

A spokesperson of the presidential office announced on Thursday that the president is scheduled to deliver a speech at the United Nations.

As the US and China aim to strengthen ties with the new administration, close attention was paid to which country Marcos would visit first.

In his speech, Marcos is expected to highlight importance of the rule of law considering China's increasing influence in the South China Sea.

The Philippine leader is also expected to take part in economic briefings in New York to meet investors and corporate executives. He is expected to address the country's economic challenges after the pandemic.

His predecessor, Rodrigo Duterte, distanced himself from the US, even though the two countries are military allies. He never visited the country while in office.
This would be the first trip to the US by a Philippine president in six years.

The Marcos administration has sent high level officials to both the US and China to bolster relations with both countries.