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PH eyes ‘two-track’ talks with China

The Philippines and China discussed setting up a “two-track’’ system that would allow them to cooperate in some areas while separately handling “contentious issues’’ such as their South China Sea territorial dispute, a Manila envoy said yesterday.

Images suggest China militarizing Spratlys

When President Xi Jinping of China visited President Obama at the White House last September, he startled many with reassuring words about his intentions for the Spratly Islands, a contested area where the Chinese government has been piling dredged sand and concrete atop reefs for the past few years and building housing and runways on them.

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