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Philippines rejects China's terms for South China Sea talks

Beijing asked Manila to disregard UN-backed tribunal ruling on the issue

Direct talks between the Philippines and China over the maritime flashpoint are unlikely to start anytime soon.


THE Philippines rejected China's request for talks on their South China Sea dispute because it asked Manila to "disregard" a court ruling on the issue, the foreign minister said on Tuesday.

A UN-backed tribunal said last week that there was no legal basis for China's claims