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Philippine, Vietnam leaders discuss disputed sea boundaries

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte and Vietnam s prime minister have discussed efforts by their countries to delineate their maritime boundaries in the disputed South China Sea, most of which is claimed by China. Duterte said Friday, without elaborating, that he told Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc in a meeting in Indonesia that such boundary talks may take longer because the Philippines is still establishing its continental shelf limit, or the country s outermost boundary. I told him that in due time, but we will take a longer period for we have to establish even our continental shelf limits, Duterte said he told Phuc in a meeting on the sidelines of a gathering of Southeast Asian leaders on Indonesia s Bali island. Vietnam initiated the on-and-off talks years ago. The Philippines, Vietnam, Brunei and Malaysia, which belong to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, along with China and Taiwan have been locked for decades in territorial disputes in the South China Sea. ...

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