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In a joint news conference, Quang said he had "shared my thoughts with (Trump) on the recent developments in this area and it is our policy to settle disputes in the South China Sea through peaceful negotiations, and with respect for diplomatic and legal process in accordance with global law, including the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea".

The P15.5-billion budget for the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Leaders' Summit should have been given to starving and dying Filipinos across the country, the progressive solon said.

US President Donald Trump told his Vietnamese counterpart yesterday he is ready to help resolve the dispute in the resource-rich South China Sea, which Beijing claims most of.

Hanoi, Nov 12 (UNI) US President Donald Trump has offered Asia his services as a mediator, shortly after tweeting insults, the BBC reported on Sunday.

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Trump is in Vietnam for a state visit and to attend meetings of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) group.

"China will continue to work with ASEAN countries to safeguard peace, stability and prosperity of the South China Sea region", China's official Xinhua news agency cited Xi as saying to Duterte. Trump has previously praised Duterte's handling of his nation's drug problems.

The resource-rich disputed waters of the South China Sea have always been a bone of contention between the regional players - China, Taiwan, Vietnam, Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia, and Brunei.

Trump is expected to try during the summit to shore up relations, which have been strained by the mercurial Duterte's notorious anti-U.S. sentiment and his enthusiasm for better ties with Russian Federation and China.

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Duterte said earlier in the week that he planned to ask China to make clear its intentions in the South China Sea.

Briefing reporters in Beijing during the China leg of Trump's Asia tour, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said the US view on the maritime dispute hadn't changed - that "claimants should stop construction and militarization" of disputed islands.

"While the South Korean people are opposing war threats against the north and demanding peace in the region, here is the president of the Philippines who could not even commit to peace in his own country, allowing the country as a launching pad of USA aggression and putting the Filipino population to the danger of nuclear obliteration", he said in a statement. "The South China Sea, Taiwan, the East China Sea".

With China's provocative actions in the South China Sea, Roque said the issue is expected to be discussed by the two leaders.

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The framework seeks to advance a 2002 Declaration of Conduct (DOC) of Parties in the South China Sea.

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