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Trump offers to mediate in protracted South China Sea feud

Trump offers to mediate on South China Sea dispute

The Chinese leader, however, would not back down on Beijing's territorial claim, Duterte said and justified his decision not to immediately demand Chinese compliance with a ruling by a United Nations -linked tribunal that invalidated China's sweeping claims in the South China Sea on historical grounds.

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"We want to get that straightened out very quickly", Trump said at a meeting with Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc.

The statement will be issued after a meeting later between China and the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in Manila, a diplomatic source said.

The Chinese leader, however, would not back down on Beijing's territorial claim, Mr Duterte said.

Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano on Sunday thanked United States President Donald Trump for his offer to mediate in sea disputes in the South China Sea, but said that Southeast Asian countries will need to arrive at a consensus before taking the deal.

Questioned later about his Tweet, Mr Trump insisted he had not been entirely joking about one day befriending the man he described earlier this month as a dictator with "twisted fantasies". It is also partly claimed by the Philippines, Malaysia, Brunei and Taiwan in addition to Vietnam.

Duterte said that when he raised concerns over China's increasing military capability in the South China Sea, Xi replied: "No, it's nothing".

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China and Vietnam are close neighbors connected by mountains and rivers, good friends sharing weal and woe, good comrades with similar ideals and beliefs, and good partners for win-win cooperation, Xi said.

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang sealed the accord with the ASEAN leaders in Manila, according to China's state-run Xinhua news agency.

And at China's insistence, ASEAN also agreed in August that any future code would not be legally binding, despite a strong push from Vietnam.

However no timeframe was announced for an actual code.

After the Philippines backed China's position, ASEAN agreed it would not have legal force.

China has dismissed that ruling as a "sham" and did not participate in the arbitration case that the Philippines filed during the time of Duterte's predecessor.

Following Manila's complaint to a United Nations-backed tribunal, the panel ruled previous year that China's territorial claims in the sea were without legal basis. But he said his tactics had eased tensions and opened the door to dialogue.

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