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China and Philippines to open South China Sea hotline

New diplomatic line of communication announced ahead of Marcos visit

Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. will make an official working visit to Japan from Wednesday to Feb. 12.   © Reuters

MANILA -- The Philippines will open a new line of communication with China to prevent an accidental escalation of maritime tensions, Manila said Thursday ahead of President Ferdinand Marcos Jr.'s state visit to Beijing next week.

The aim is to avoid miscalculations and miscommunication in the West Philippine Sea, a Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs official said, using his country's term for the part of the South China Sea that it claims in a long-running dispute with Beijing.

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