Duterte says South China Sea situation has ‘improved considerably’

President Rodrigo Duterte says the situation in the South China Sea had "improved considerably." In a statement issued on Tuesday, presidential spokesperson Harry Roque the President told the East Asia Summit that the Association of Southeast Asian Nations and China had decided to start negotiations on a code of conduct for the South China Sea. "On the South China Sea issue, [Duterte] cited that the Asean and China agreed to start discussions on the code of conduct," Roque said. "He added that the situation in the South China Sea has improved considerably." "He said it is important to have a more peaceful resolution for the maintenance of peace, stability, security, and free...

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