US Secretary of State John Kerry speaks speaks about ocean conservation during the US - China Strategic and Economic Dialogues at Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing, June 6, 2016. / AFP / POOL / SAUL LOEB
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China accused the Philippines Wednesday of ignoring requests for dialogue about their maritime dispute, as tensions rise before an international tribunal's ruling on the territorial row.The statement came a day after the end of an annual meeting between the U.S. and China in Beijing, at which the two countries failed to make progress on the issue.Manila accuses China of effectively taking control of Scarborough Shoal, one of the contested areas, in 2012 and has brought a case against Beijing to the Permanent Court of Arbitration at The Hague.During the two-day meeting that ended Tuesday, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry urged China to settle its territorial rows peacefully based on the "rule of law".
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