Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. shares his views on the country’s relations with China. His claim is that Taiwan’s contingency would affect the Philippines for sure. The Taiwan Strait is connected to the cargo and vessel passageways in the West Philippine Sea. So, in an event of a war in the area, it’s impossible for the country not to get involved. Just because of the geographical location alone. Despite the independent foreign policy, leaning toward the US is more likely – just like Japan as their long-time ally. Especially when open communications with the Chinese government do not seem to work. Besides, China has nothing to worry about on EDCA. It’s not for offensive activities but a defensive measure if attacked.