UPDATE 2-China's Xi says wants South China Sea issue resolved peacefully

November 7, 2015 3:37 AM

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* Freedom of passage never a problem, will never be a problem (Adds quotes, details)

SINGAPORE, Nov 7 (Reuters) - China has always insisted the dispute in the South China Sea should be resolved peacefully through talks, but the government has a responsibility to protect the country's sovereignty and maritime rights, Chinese President Xi Jinping said on Saturday.

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