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Trump offers to be mediator in sea disputes

President visits Philippines

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Photographs by AP/AARON FAVILA

Protesters scuffle with police as they are dispersed while trying to get near the U.S. Embassy on Sunday in Manila, Philippines. The group was protesting against the visit of President Donald Trump.

MANILA, Philippines -- President Donald Trump on Sunday offered to mediate in the South China Sea disputes, while his Chinese counterpart played down concerns over Beijing's military buildup and the prospects of war in the contested waters.

President Donald Trump greets Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte at an Association of Southeast Asian Nations summit dinner Sunday in Manila.

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