MANILA, May 11, 2022, PhilStar. China has congratulated former Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. and his running mate, Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio, over their massive lead in the presidential and vice presidential elections, The Philippine Star reported.
“China congratulates the Philippines on the smooth presidential election. Our congratulations also go to the leading candidates,” China’s foreign ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian said Wednesday.
Marcos has enjoyed close ties with China, owing largely to his father’s establishment of diplomatic relations with the country in 1975.
The presumptive president’s previous statements indicate that he will be pursuing a continuation of President Rodrigo Duterte’s policies toward China — seen as too soft by critics — including bilateral talks with the Asian giant on the West Philippine Sea.
Meanwhile, the Philippines’ longstanding ally, the United States, said it is looking forward to working with the president-elect and vice president-elect.
“We look forward to working with the president-elect, once that person is officially named, to strengthen the enduring alliance between the United States and the Philippines,” State Department spokesperson Ned Price said.
In a commentary, Fitch Solutions said Marcos “will likely continue the country’s economic interests and maintain a delicate balancing act with the US and China.”
Japan and Australia and regional bloc European Union, meanwhile, congratulated the Philippines for having conducted peaceful elections.