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Blinken Vows to Stand By Philippines Amid China Tensions

  • Top diplomat is first US cabinet official to meet Marcos
  • Blinken says Philippines is an ‘irreplaceable’ US ally
Antony Blinken, left, with Ferdinand Marcos Jr at the Malacanang Palace in Manila on Aug. 6.
Antony Blinken, left, with Ferdinand Marcos Jr at the Malacanang Palace in Manila on Aug. 6.Photographer: Andrew Harnik/AFP/Getty Images
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Secretary of State Antony Blinken sought to bolster America’s alliance with the Philippines under President Ferdinand Marcos Jr., calling the Southeast Asian nation an “irreplaceable” ally as tensions between the US and China spike.

Blinken, the first US cabinet official to visit the new Philippine leader, reiterated in a meeting with Marcos on Saturday America’s commitment to the 1951 Mutual Defense Treaty, which pledged support in case of foreign attack.