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Duterte says the South China Sea dispute is better left untouched

Philippine president echoes China's opposition to a 'useless war'

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte addresses the ASEAN Business and Investment Summit in Manila on Nov. 12. (Photo by Yukako Ono)

MANILA Following bilateral talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping the previous day, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said on Nov. 12 that a territorial dispute in the South China Sea between China and five Asian countries, including the Philippines, is "better left untouched."

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