Philippines' Duterte set for drug war backing at summit

Philippines' Duterte set for drug war backing at summit

Philippines' Duterte set for drug war backing at summit

In a joint news conference, Quang said he had "shared my thoughts with (Trump) on the recent developments in this area and it is our policy to settle disputes in the South China Sea through peaceful negotiations, and with respect for diplomatic and legal process in accordance with global law, including the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea".

The rally was part of the series of "Ban Trump" protests, as Bayan denounced the holding of the 31st summit of the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) and US President Trump.

A series of protests against Trump took place this week prior to the U.S. president's arrival today to meet Southeast Asian leaders and attend the Asean Summit in the final leg of his five-country Asia trip.

US President Donald Trump on Sunday misspelled "Philippines" ahead of his visit to Manila for a summit of Asia Pacific leaders. "See you tomorrow", Trump was quoted yesterday as telling Duterte when they bumped into each other during a break at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Leaders' Forum here.

Speaking to his Vietnamese counterpart, Tran Dai Quang in Hanoi, Trump said he could employ his diplomatic skills to help Asian nations come to an agreement over competing maritime claims.

"China will continue to work with ASEAN countries to safeguard peace, stability and prosperity of the South China Sea region", China's official Xinhua news agency cited Xi as saying to Duterte. "I'm a very good mediator and arbitrator". ASEAN meets with China and the US early in the week ahead of a joint meeting with the leaders of nations including the US, China, Japan, Australia, India and Russian Federation. Trump has previously praised Duterte's handling of his nation's drug problems.

His final stop is the Philippines.

Since coming to office 16 months ago, the firebrand leader has been conciliatory to Beijing, despite a ruling by an worldwide arbitration court favoring the Philippines in its territorial dispute with China.

"Ladies and gentlemen, I sang an invited duet with Ms. Pilita Corrales upon the orders of the Commander-in-Chief of the United States", the Philippine president revealed.

In the past, Duterte has repeatedly said he will raise the sea dispute at the proper time and avoided the issue when Manila hosted two regional meetings this year. The South China Sea will likely be a hot topic throughout the summit, as most claimants will be attending.

Vietnam and the United States have grown increasingly close in recent years as both countries fear Chinese ambitions in the South China Sea. "And it is to the interest of everyone that countries in the region, including the claimants to the disputed islands and waters of the West Philippine Sea, should recognize the principle of freedom of navigation", Roque added.

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