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Marcos calls on China to strengthen West Philippine Sea bilateral task force

President Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. had called on Chinese President Xi Jinping to strengthen the West Philippine Sea (WPS) bilateral task force between the Philippines and China, according to a Saturday "24 Oras Weekend" report.

In an interview with NHK, Marcos said that the incidents that occurred in the WPS was possibly due to miscommunication between the two countries.

The President added that Xi was open to his suggestion.

Marcos also emphasized that a military solution was not the answer to resolving territorial disputes.

Meanwhile, House Speaker Martin Romualdez of Leyte said that Japan would be sending defense equipment to strengthen the country's maritime security amid China's ongoing activities in the South China Sea.

This is also one of the key discussions that Marcos had during his five-day visit to Japan. — Sherylin Untalan/DVM, GMA Integrated News