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The United States may rally its allies in the ASEAN region in tackling the issue in the West Philippine Sea (WPS) should Democrat candidate Joe Biden wins the White House, according to a political analyst on Saturday.

In a radio interview, University of the Philippines (UP) Department of Political Science Professor Dr. Aries Arugay said that while the possibility of allies rallying on the issue of the disputed territories, the Philippines should also need to align its stand with other countries.

“Ang difference, Biden will not likely engage China alone, meaning hindi lang siya, gagamit siya ng mga allies, gagamitin siya ng mga institutions like ASEAN at sa tingin ko yung sa parte natin, maganda rin na yung relasyon natin sa ibang mga bansa ay iayos din natin hindi lamang sa Amerika, para ‘pag nagkaroon ng multilateral effort sa South China Sea, hindi tayo maiiwan,” Arugay said.

The analyst noted that Biden is expected to use different strategy different to the tactics employed by President Donald Trump.

“Kung si Biden ang magiging Presidente, unang-una hindi na ganun katindi yung palitan ng retorika between US and China,” said Arugay. “Alam natin na si Donald Trump ginamit ang China as a way to mobilize votes, ang tawag niya sa COVID-19, China virus, nagkaroon ng trade war, to the point na some analyst are saying paparating tayo sa possible conflict between the two countries, delikado sa Pilipinas yun dahil ayaw nating mapagitna at mamili, dun sa dalawang bansa.”

To recall, Trump has blamed China for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic as it originated in Wuhan.

Arugay also disclosed that the US is expected to be pre-occupied by its domestic problems even after the presidential elections.

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