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Obama seeks to soothe China while boosting ties with Philippines

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President Barack Obama said Monday he had no desire to contain or counter China despite clinching a defence pact with the Philippines which will inject US forces close to the volatile South China Sea. 

Barack Obama and his Philippine counterpart Benigno Aquino (left) review the honour guard during the welcoming ceremony at Malacanang Palace in Manila on April 28, 2014

In the Philippines on the final leg of an Asian tour, Obama directly addressed leaders in Beijing, telling them that maritime territorial disputes needed to be addressed peacefully, not with "intimidation or coercion."

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