He wrote the book: Trump offers to solve South China Sea dispute

Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin

Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin

The Chinese leader, however, would not back down on Beijing's territorial claim, Duterte said, and justified his decision not to immediately demand Chinese compliance with a ruling by a United Nations -linked tribunal that invalidated China's sweeping claims in the South China Sea on historical grounds. It is also believed to sit atop vast oil and gas deposits.

Trump's comments come ahead of a state visit yesterday afternoon by Chinese President Xi Jinping who will meet with top communist leaders.

Roque said the regional bloc was also optimistic that China would cooperate in coming up with a legally-binding code of conduct in the South China Sea, which the Philippines prefer to call the West Philippine Sea.

China claims to control most of the South China Sea.

Vietnam, the Philippines, Malaysia, Brunei and Taiwan also have claims in the sea, and the dispute has always been seen as a potential trigger for conflict in Asia.

Despite a Hague ruling that invalidated China's sweeping claims in the disputed territory, Beijing has continued to build man-made islands capable of housing military-grade weapons systems in the contested waters.

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Relations between Hanoi and Beijing have been particularly strained since July, when China put pressure on Vietnam to stop oil drilling in a disputed area in the South China Sea.

Vietnam has also reclaimed land around reefs and islets, but on nowhere near the same scale as China.

"If I can help mediate or arbitrate, please let me know..."

"I am sure that good relations between Asean and China can only be further strengthened and will bring benefits to both", Jokowi said.

The long-simmering disputes are one issue where the two major powers' influence, focus and military might have been gauged, with the US and China both calling for a peaceful resolution but taking contrasting positions in most other aspects of the conflict.

U.S. President Donald Trump arrives for a special gala celebration dinner for the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in Manila.

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"The South China Sea is better left untouched, nobody can afford to go to war".

Donald Trump arrives in Vietnam.

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang takes a bow after the annual Asean-China summit, held Monday in Manila.

China initially agreed in 2002 to begin talks on a code, but delayed doing so while carrying out its expansionist strategy.

"The governments of Asean member states and China are committed to meet the aspirations of this Declaration", stated the two-page document, which is among the few outcomes of the Asean-China Summit.

According to the global tribunal in The Hague, China's historical claims have no legal basis, and some of the features it is claiming fall within the Philippines' exclusive economic zone under the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea.

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