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Vietnam has long courted support from Washington in its dispute with China over the precious waterway where Beijing has built military installations and artificial islands.

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

"China is to work with ASEAN countries to maintain peace and stability, as well as development and prosperity in the South China Sea region", Xi told Duterte as quoted by the official Xinhua news agency.

UCLA didn't immediately respond to a request for comment, The Associated Press reported.

However no timeframe was announced for an actual code.

We'll update this story as it continues to develop. At $32 billion previous year, it was the sixth largest with the United States, though less than a tenth the size of China's.

Before the Duterte administration, the COC was expected to be a legally binding document, but now the Philippines is wary about having a "legally binding" COC.

According to a report over the weekend from ESPN, the players could be in China for another week or two, dependent upon how quickly the legal process can be resolved.

"I am not saying there are no problems; I am saying it is getting better", he added.

Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte discussed the issue with Mr Xi during a meeting in Danang, Vietnam, where they attended the annual Asia-Pacific Economic Co-operation forum last week.

The President also told Turnbull how Xi seemed to be surprised by Duterte's new stand on the South China Sea issue and how the Chinese President downplayed the militarization in the disputed waters.

Hanoi and Beijing agreed Monday to keep the peace in the sea, the countries said in a joint statement during a state visit to Hanoi by Chinese President Xi Jinping.

The media was ushered out of the venue before they could hear the response of the Australian Prime Minister.

In a speech at the start of the meeting, Li insisted on China's peaceful intentions and said it was the first country to accede to a 1976 nonaggression treaty signed by ASEAN.

The US and China are both calling for a peaceful resolution but take contrasting positions in most other aspects of the conflict.

Australia, along with Japan and the United States, in August this year voiced their strong opposition to coercive unilateral actions that could "alter the status quo and increase tensions".

According to Malacañang, Duterte recognized the strong relations between the Philippines and Brunei and vowed to further strengthen it in the years ahead.

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