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South China Sea talks in Beijing

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BEIJING (Reuters) – China and the Philippines will start bilateral consultations on the disputed South China Sea this week, the Philippine ambassador to Beijing said, as Manila looks to ease tensions with Asia’s top economic power. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte is visiting Beijing to attend a summit on China’s ambitious new Silk Road plans.
 
Philippine ambassador to China Jose Santiago Santa Romana told reporters that the consultations between the two countries would take place in China. He added that the dispute between the two countries “cannot be resolved overnight”. China has not publicly announced any such talks.

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