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held the 22nd China-Philippines diplomatic consultation in Manila on Tuesday, the first of its kind since the two c

ountries established ties of comprehensive strategic cooperation last year.

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visited China and the two countries issued a joint statement in October 2016 th

at said the two countries reaffirmed the importance of addressing their territorial disputes th

rough friendly consultations and negotiations by the sovereign states directly concerned.

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