Thorny South China Sea issue may dominate ASEAN summit

Ken Copeland
November 13, 2017

The pair are set to have a face-to-face meeting in the coming days when Trump finishes up his Asia trip with a stop in Manila. They were anxious that the U.S. intervention in the southern Philippines could worsen the situation, which is still recovering from battle against Islamist militants.

Protesters shout slogans during a protest against US President Donald Trump's visit at the Philippine International Convention Centre in Manila November 11, 2017.

Trump plans to address human rights in his meetings with Duterte, senior administration officials told CNN.

The report added that Duterte had pledged that his nation will handle "maritime issues through bilateral channels in accordance with the consensus reached by the two sides". "I never, never, never ordered any single policeman in this country to say, just kill them without any reason". "Stabbing. That was when I was 16 years old, just because we just looked at each other".

"Since ASEAN and APEC are regions of vast physical divide, a stable, interconnected and integrated infrastructure is necessarily the backbone of our progress", Duterte said.

Whilst in Vietnam, Chinese Premier Xi Jinping also discussed the South China Sea issue with Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, which has claims in the region.

'Duterte will enjoy the gift of tacit silence from East Asian leaders on his murderous drug war during the upcoming summit, ' Human Rights Watch deputy Asia director Phelim Kine told AFP.

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The ASEAN leaders and dialogue partners came wearing the Filipianna outfit of pina cocoon barong, while their spouses wore gowns, all inspired by the Philippines' three islands - Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao. A person, really. During a fight.

"It's going to be very interesting because you have two individuals that are very much alike in their thinking, their language and demeanor, meeting for the first time", Roque said.

"I'd have rumbles here, rumbles there", said Duterte on Thursday speaking with a Filipino community there.

Vietnamese President Tran Dai Quang said Sunday that his country wants to end disputes in the South China Sea through peaceful means.

"When I become president, I'll order the police and the military to find these people and kill them".

Trump's Asian tour comes as the USA rallies for tougher sanctions against North Korea's nuclear program and ballistic missile tests. "What the President is doing is being effective".

In a speech that started with his insisting he did not tolerate extrajudicial killings, Duterte apparently switches tack.

Other reports by Guamnewswatch

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