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Chinese President Xi Jinping, back right, and Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, back left, attend a signing ceremony at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on May 15.   © Reuters

China, Philippines to hold first South China Sea talks Friday

Nations will seek ways to manage their territorial dispute, 'prevent escalation'

CLIFF VENZON, Nikkei staff writer | China

MANILA -- The Philippines and China will on Friday hold their maiden talks under a new "bilateral consultation mechanism" centering on their territorial dispute in the South China Sea.

Philippine Ambassador to China Jose Santa Romana will lead Manila's delegation, while China's side will be headed by Vice Foreign Minister Liu Zhenmin, Santa Romana said in a televised briefing from Beijing.

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