PRESIDENT Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. and Vietnamese Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh on Thursday agreed to boost intelligence and strategies cooperation between the Philippines and Vietnam amid Beijing's growing control of the South China Sea.

Marcos and Chinh held bilateral talks on the sidelines of the Association of the Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) Summit in Cambodia to further enhance their countries' partnership across several areas such as defense, trade, investment, agriculture and maritime security.

Given the two nations' shared maritime interests, the continued dialogues would be beneficial, including intelligence and strategies exchanges in dealing with maritime concerns, Marcos told Chinh.

The Philippines and China have been in a long-standing maritime dispute as Beijing claims almost the entire South China Sea, which overlaps with the West Philippine Sea.

Apart from the Philippines and China, Vietnam, Taiwan, Malaysia, and Brunei have also territorial claims in the disputed waters.

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The Philippines scored a victory against China in the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague, Netherlands in 2016. The arbitration court declared Beijing's claim over nearly the entire South China Sea as illegal.

China has refused to acknowledge the ruling and continues to claim nearly the entire South China Sea.

Marcos has asserted the country's sovereignty in the South China Sea as he said that the Philippines and China have no "territorial conflict," but only Beijing is claiming what is part of its territory.

"The position that the Philippines takes is that we have no territorial conflict with China. What we have [is] China claiming territory that belongs to the Philippines," Marcos said in an interview in New York City in September.

"This is the position we take, and with our American partners, we have promoted that position. We have also made it clear to our friends in Beijing that this is the way we feel about it," he added.