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Duterte Ends China Oil Talks, Leaving Any Restart to Marcos

Rodrigo Duterte
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Outgoing Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has ended talks with China on oil exploration in the disputed South China Sea, his top envoy said, posing a challenge for incoming leader Ferdinand Marcos Jr. if he wishes to restart discussions. Related stocks fell.

“We got as far as it is constitutionally possible to go,” said Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin, whose term ends with Duterte on June 30. “One step forward from where we stood on the edge of the abyss is a drop into constitutional crisis.”