Philippines ‘focused on trade’, not South China Sea tensions with Beijing

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Manila will put South China Sea disputes aside and focus on ­expanding economic ties in its dealings with Beijing, a senior Philippine trade official said on the weekend.
The comments by Philippine Trade and Industry Secretary ­Ramon Lopez where underscored by the country’s president, Rodrigo Duterte, who wrapped up a regional summit without direct reference to Beijing’s island-building in the disputed waters.
Also absent from Duterte’s 25-page statement issued…

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