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Trumps offers to mediate in protracted South China Sea feud

AP  |  Manila 

President Donald Trump has offered to mediate in South Sea disputes and his Chinese counterpart played down concerns over Beijing's military buildup and the prospects of war in the contested waters.

Trump and Chinese leader Xi Jinping spoke separately about the territorial rifts ahead of an annual summit of Southeast Asian nations and the US, and other global players in Manila, where the disputes are high on the agenda.


Trump says "I'm a very good mediator," but his offer faces many obstacles: for one, doesn't want the US meddling in the disputes and has balked at the US Navy's incursions into what considers its territorial waters in the South Sea.

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte says Xi assured him of China's peaceful intentions.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Sun, November 12 2017. 13:13 IST
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