Duterte, Xi eye joint exploration of disputed sea

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Posted at Apr 12 2018 12:24 AM

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Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte and his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, have agreed to draw up a framework for joint exploration in the South China Sea.

Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano, in a press briefing in Hong Kong, said Manila wants the framework drafted as soon as possible.

Philippine envoy to China, Chito Santa Romana, earlier said Manila wants a deal with Beijing to jointly explore for oil and gas in the disputed area of the South China Sea.

Cayetano said Beijing is willing to discuss and find a solution to the South China Sea.