South China Sea: Philippines, China hold ‘friendly and candid’ talks on maritime disputes

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Manila and Beijing held “friendly and candid” talks on the South China Sea, the Philippines’ foreign ministry said on Saturday.The presence of hundreds of Chinese vessels inside the Philippines 200-mile exclusive economic zone (EEZ) has been the latest source of tensions between the two countries in the South China Sea, through which US$3 trillion worth of goods pass every year.The Philippines said the encroaching vessels were manned by militia, while China said they were fishing boats…

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