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US Encouraged to See Direct Dialogue on Maritime Disputes

The U.S. says it is encouraged by the willingness of China and the Philippines to engage in direct dialogue over the South China Sea following a tribunal ruling against Beijing earlier this month. In Manila Wednesday, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry met with senior Philippine officials, including new Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte.  It was the first meeting between the two leaders after The Hague ruling which China objects to. At a joint press conference with...

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