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Philippine, Vietnam leaders discuss disputed sea boundaries

AP  |  Manila 

Philippine and Vietnam's have discussed efforts by their countries to delineate their maritime boundaries in the disputed Sea, most of which is claimed by

Duterte said Friday, without elaborating, that he told in a meeting in that such boundary talks may take longer because the is still establishing its continental shelf limit, or the country's outermost boundary.

"I told him that in due time, but we will take a longer period for we have to establish even our continental shelf limits," Duterte said he told Phuc in a meeting on the sidelines of a gathering of Southeast Asian leaders on Indonesia's island.

initiated the on-and-off talks years ago.

The Philippines, Vietnam, and Malaysia, which belong to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, along with and have been locked for decades in territorial disputes in the Sea. Tensions flared after China turned seven disputed reefs into islands which it later equipped with surface-to-air missile defense systems, in moves that triggered alarm and protests.

"is our ASEAN brother and they have been supporting us in many ways and we have been supporting them," Philippine told reporters.

"But they're also claimants like us. They also have features that are inside our EEZ," Cayetano said, referring to the stretch of waters in which a coastal state enjoys internationally recognized rights to exclusively fish and extract in the seabed.

of the University of New South Wales, Canberra, said China would oppose the Philippine-talks because claims most of the strategic waterway where the two Southeast Asian neighbors want to define their maritime boundaries.

Efforts by the two Southeast Asian nations to define their maritime boundaries are significant because ASEAN and China are negotiating a regional code to prevent clashes arising from overlapping claims. China, however, has not clearly defined its sweeping claims, Thayer said.

Some Southeast Asian countries have successfully forged agreements to delineate their overlapping exclusive economic zones and continental shelves in the past, he said.

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First Published: Fri, October 12 2018. 19:50 IST