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Duterte leaves door open for US role in South China Sea

Philippine president's softer tone is music to the ears of Japan's Abe

MANILA/DAVAO -- Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte acknowledged the importance of his country's alliance with the U.S. in a meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe Friday, delighting his guest, who sees American involvement in Asia as essential for countering the rise of China.

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