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Chinese boats in Philippine waters may come up at Duterte's Beijing visit
(Philstar.com) - April 11, 2019 - 4:13pm
MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte and Chinese President Xi Jinping might discuss the presence of Chinese vessels near Pag-asa Island in the West Philippine Sea this month, Malacañang said Thursday.

China has invited Duterte to attend the second Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation in Beijing.

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Duterte might tell Xi Jinping: China must leave West Philippine Sea
Alexis Romero (The Philippine Star) - April 16, 2019 - 12:00am

MANILA, Philippines — The presence of Chinese ships near Pag-asa island may be discussed during President Duterte’s meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping later this month, Malacañang said yesterday, as it claimed that the Philippine leader had “effectively” invoked the arbitral ruling on the South China Sea when he asked Beijing to lay off the Philippine-occupied island.

Presidential spokesman Salvador Panelo said it would be up to Duterte to decide whether to assert the ruling during his meeting with Xi on the sidelines of the Belt and Road Forum in Beijing. But Panelo expressed belief that the issue would be raised because it is “hot.”

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