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South China Sea

Philippine and Chinese defense chiefs try to ease South China Sea tensions

Beijing offers Manila $19m military grant in regional PR offensive

A Filipino-Chinese resident waves miniature Philippines and Chinese flags upon the arrival of a Chinese naval ship in Davao city, southern Philippines in April 2017.   © Reuters

MANILA/SHANGHAI -- The defense ministers of China and the Philippines met in Manila on Friday, vowing "to avoid misunderstanding" amid tensions in the disputed South China Sea.

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