Marcos, Xi set to meet amid South China Sea dispute

Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. says he wants his trip to China, which includes a meeting with his counterpart on Wednesday, to boost bilateral ties between the two countries, but he faces troubled waters over an ongoing territorial dispute.

He arrived in Beijing on Tuesday for his first official visit to the country since taking office. It's set to last three days.

There's friction between China and the Philippines over the South China Sea. The former claims much of the waterway, but an international arbitration tribunal completely rejected that in 2016.

Marcos supports that decision.

He and President Xi Jinping are set to discuss the dispute at their summit.

Marcos wants to create a new channel for direct dialogue between their countries for when military tensions rise over the South China Sea.