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Japan PM to meet Duterte

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe plans private personal meetings with Philippine President Duterte in Tokyo next week, three sources said, seeking to keep him onside with US-led efforts to contain Beijing’s South China Sea ambitions.

Presumptive president Rodrigo Duterte may release jailed communist rebels in an effort to restart peace talks aimed at ending a decades-old insurgency that has claimed tens of thousands of lives, his spokesman said Tuesday.

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