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Philippines hints at compromise on South China Sea dispute pact

Visiting Chinese foreign minister urges vigilance against US 'interference'

MANILA -- The Philippines on Monday said a set of rules intended to prevent conflict in the South China Sea need not legally compel countries to follow it -- an issue of importance for the Chinese government.

Philippine Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. raised this possibility during a joint news conference with Wang Yi, his Chinese counterpart, in Davao City where they held bilateral talks to firm up preparations for President Xi Jinping's visit to Manila next month.

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