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Xi, Marcos Try to Salvage Ties Between Their Two Countries in Brief Face-to-Face Meeting

Chinese President Xi Jinping met with his Philippine counterpart Ferdinand Marcos, Jr. on Friday on the sidelines of the APEC summit in San Francisco. Image via Malacañang Palace.

The leaders of China and the Philippines squeezed in a seemingly impromptu 20-minute bilateral meeting at the very end of the APEC Summit in San Francisco on Friday in an effort to defuse steadily escalating tensions over territorial disputes in the South China Sea.

Details of what Xi Jinping and Ferdinand Marcos, Jr. talked about were sparse but it appears reaching any kind of settlement wasn’t the point, rather just getting together and re-opening the lines of communication was the more pressing priority.

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