US, Philippines top diplomats discuss South China Sea tensions, US says

December 29, 2023 - 2:42 PM
U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken attends a virtual joint news conference with Philippine Secretary of Foreign Affairs Enrique Manalo at the Peninsula Hotel in Manila, Philippines, August 6, 2022. (Andrew Harnik/Pool via Reuters)

 U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Philippines Foreign Affairs Secretary Enrique Manalo discussed on ongoing tensions in the South China Sea, the U.S. State Department said on Wednesday, amid rising tensions between the Philippines and China after a series of maritime run-ins.

— Reporting by Eric Beech; editing by Dan Whitcomb