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Marcos wants to take a very calm, balanced approach to the SCS issue.

MANILA – On the topic of South China Sea (SCS) conflicts, President-elect Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. will take a “very calm and balanced” approach.

On Friday, Marcos made the promise at a meeting with one of the five diplomats.

Marcos was paid a visit at his Mandaluyong City offices by Ambassadors Jaroslaw Szczepankiewicz of Poland, Borhan Uddin of Bangladesh, Peter Francis Tavita Kell of New Zealand, Folakemi Ibidunni Akileye of Nigeria, and Steven James Robinson of Australia.

On the fringes of the courtesy call, Robinson claimed the SCS issue was brought up, and that he promised Marcos that Australia will continue to back the Philippines in the arbitral case against China’s broad claims to the disputed waters.

“So, I believe the President-elect will take a very measured and balanced approach to all of these issues in order to achieve the greatest possible conclusion for the Philippines.” And I believe that any sensible leader would do the same — to figure out how to attain the best results for their country in difficult circumstances. And that’s what I’m looking for from President-elect Trump,” he remarked.

Robinson also expressed Australia’s commitment to assisting the Philippines “as it moves forward in dealing with complex regional issues,” according to Robinson.

On July 12, 2016, the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) in The Hague upheld the Philippines’ case to have China’s claim to historic rights over practically the entire SCS invalidated.

China has disregarded the PCA verdict, while the Philippines, led by outgoing President Rodrigo Duterte, has maintained its commitment to a peaceful and diplomatic resolution of maritime conflicts.

Marcos, Duterte’s successor, has previously stated that the SCS verdict would be upheld.

Clarita Carlos, the National Security Adviser-designate, indicated on June 10 that the Marcos administration will continue bilateral and multilateral dialogue with China to resolve the SCS territorial concerns.

China, the Philippines, and a number of other littoral governments are embroiled in a territorial dispute over the SCS, with Beijing claiming roughly 80% of the crucial waterways.

Concerned parties are now meeting bilaterally and multilaterally to discuss the maritime dispute.

The negotiations include the creation of a legally binding Code of Conduct with other ASEAN countries.

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