The U.S. said it would support talks between China and the Philippines to resolve a territorial dispute in the South China Sea, as the two powers tried to calm tensions following a recent ruling against Beijing’s maritime claims there. According to The Wall Street Journal, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Tuesday said that he would encourage Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte to negotiate bilaterally with China when the two meet in Manila on Wednesday. “This could be a very important moment of shifting how this discussion is taking place,” Mr. Kerry said in the Laotian capital. He added that China’s foreign minister conveyed to him in a meeting the night before that China seeks to “move away from the public tensions and to turn the page.”
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