Manila, Beijing to open South China Sea talks next week: envoy

Manila, Beijing to open South China Sea talks next week: envoyThe Philippines and China will open bilateral talks on their dispute over the South China Sea next week, Manila’s ambassador to Beijing said on Saturday. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has sought to deepen relations with China despite its extensive island-building in disputed parts of the South China Sea, in the hopes of securing billions of dollars’ worth of investments from Beijing. This is where the sensitive issues will be discussed,” Ambassador Jose “Chito” Santa Romana said in Beijing in comments aired by ABS-CBN television.



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