Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte gestures as he speaks shortly after arriving in Davao on May 16, 2017, from a working visit to China. Duterte said on May 16 he was open to jointly exploration with Beijing resources in the disputed South China Sea, following a meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping. / AFP PHOTO / MANMAN DEJETO Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte gestures as he speaks shortly after arriving in Davao on May 16, 2017, from a working visit to China. Duterte said on May 16 he was open to jointly exploration with Beijing resources in the disputed South China Sea, following a meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping. / AFP PHOTO / MANMAN DEJETO
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte gestures as he speaks shortly after arriving in Davao on May 16, 2017, from a working visit to China. Duterte said on May 16 he was open to jointly exploration with Beijing resources in the disputed South China Sea, following a meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping. / AFP PHOTO / MANMAN DEJETO

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte open to South China Sea resources-sharing deals with China and Vietnam

The competing claims to the sea, which is believed to sit atop vast oil and gas deposits, have for decades made it one of Asia’s potential military flashpoints

Topic |   South China Sea
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte gestures as he speaks shortly after arriving in Davao on May 16, 2017, from a working visit to China. Duterte said on May 16 he was open to jointly exploration with Beijing resources in the disputed South China Sea, following a meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping. / AFP PHOTO / MANMAN DEJETO Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte gestures as he speaks shortly after arriving in Davao on May 16, 2017, from a working visit to China. Duterte said on May 16 he was open to jointly exploration with Beijing resources in the disputed South China Sea, following a meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping. / AFP PHOTO / MANMAN DEJETO
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte gestures as he speaks shortly after arriving in Davao on May 16, 2017, from a working visit to China. Duterte said on May 16 he was open to jointly exploration with Beijing resources in the disputed South China Sea, following a meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping. / AFP PHOTO / MANMAN DEJETO
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