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Duterte's China policy faces test in summit with Xi

Oil and gas development deal in South China Sea top of leaders' agenda

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, left, with Chinese President Xi Jinping in Beijing in April, says he will raise the issue of his country's 2016 victory in an international court ruling that rejected China's ownership claims over the South China Sea when he meets Xi this week   © Reuters

MANILA -- Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte and Chinese President Xi Jinping are set to meet in Beijing this week to work out an oil and gas deal in the South China Sea, after the presence of Chinese ships near Philippine waters has strained ties between their countries.

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