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Philippines, China vow closer ties, management of disputes

AP  |  Manila 

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte says he and Chinese President Xi Jinping resolved to strengthen their countries' friendship during their meeting in Beijing, while pledged to speed up infrastructure projects it is funding in the

Duterte said today on his return from that both he and Xi were looking forward to their officials meeting later this week for inaugural bilateral talks on the South Sea as a step toward peacefully managing their territorial disputes.

Duterte separately with Xi and Chinese Li Keqiang after attending the "Belt and Road" trade initiative.

Four agreements were signed during the visit, including a Chinese grant of 500 million yuan (USD 72.5 million) for feasibility studies of infrastructure projects in the and construction of a drug rehabilitation center.

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First Published: Tue, May 16 2017. 12:42 IST