Marcos-Xi meeting dials down sea row


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PRESIDENT Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. and Chinese President Xi Jinping avoided any mention of the arbitral tribunal ruling on the South China Sea that favored the Philippines when they sat down for a bilateral meeting Thursday. Instead, the two leaders agreed to settle disputes between their countries through "friendly consultations." The meeting was held on the sidelines of the 29th Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Leaders Meeting in Bangkok, Thailand. "On the South China Sea, the two sides must stick to friendly consultation and handle differences and disputes properly," Xi said in a statement issued by the Chinese embassy in Manila...