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S. China Sea Dispute Hangs on Philippine Leadership of ASEAN

A bloc of 10 Southeast Asian nations has a chance to open tough discussions next year on how to handle China’s contested expansion in the South China Sea as the Philippines, one of Beijing’s chief maritime rivals, becomes the organization’s chair with authority to set its 2017 agenda. President Rodrigo Duterte, who will chair ASEAN for the Philippines, runs a country that got into spats so deep with China since 2012 that his predecessor took Beijing to a world court tribunal and got a...

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