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Duterte meeting Xi amid pressure to confront China over sea claims

MANILA, Philippines --- President Rodrigo Duterte will visit Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping next week to raise their conflicting claims to the South China Sea, as the Filipino leader faces pressure at home to confront Beijing.   While the President has embraced China and had largely set aside a once-tense standoff over the resource-rich waterway, a series of confrontations have stoked domestic discontent.   About time   The President heads to China on Aug. 28 and is due to return to the Philippines on Sept. 2, his spokesperson, Salvador Panelo, told journalists on Tuesday.   Beijing claims most of the South China Sea, including waters close to ...

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