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China says expects early visit by Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte

A Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson said on Friday that China expects an early visit by Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte. This came following reports that Duterte is seeking to visit China and Japan next month. Tension between China and the Philippines has risen in recent years over the South China Sea issue, especially since the former Philippine government initiated a case against China at the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague in 2013.

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