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Reuters: U.S. says backs resumption of China-Philippines talks on South China Sea
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Tuesday he supported the resumption of talks between China and the Philippines over the South China Sea, following an international court ruling against Beijing over the dispute earlier this month.
China did not participate in and has refused to accept the July 12 ruling by the Permanent Court of Arbitration, based in The Hague, in which U.S. ally Manila won an emphatic legal victory.
China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi had asked Kerry to lend his support for bilateral talks to restart between Manila and Beijing in a meeting between the two in the Laos capital of Vientiane on Monday.
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WNU Editor: The U.S. response follows an earlier Chinese request to the U.S. to assist in promoting Chinese - Philippine talks on the South China Sea boundary dispute .... South China Sea: China asks US to support resumption of talks with Philippines (ABC Online).