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Trump arrives in Philippines for ASEAN summit

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte speaks during the APEC CEO Summit taking place ahead of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation leaders summit in the central Vietnamese city of Danang

Trump, during a press conference earlier Sunday before departing Vietnam, clarified his comments on whether he believes Russian Federation interfered in the 2016 USA presidential election. They were anxious that the United States intervention in the southern Philippines could worsen the situation, which is still recovering from battle against Islamist militants.

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.

U.S. President Donald Trump landed in the Philippines on Sunday for a summit of Southeast and East Asian nations, hours after offering to mediate on competing claims to the South China Sea that have long stoked tensions in the region. Trump told Duterte in a telephone call in April that he was doing a "great job" with his campaign against drugs. Human rights is unlikely to be on the agenda.

In addition to claiming the vast majority of the 1.4 million square miles (3.5 million square kilometers) of sea - China has built-up small islands in the sea and outfitted them with missile systems, much to the chagrin of its Asian neighbors and the United States.

"We have to be friends, the other hotheads would like us to confront China and the rest of the world on so many issues", Duterte said at a pre-summit business conference in Manila. "Stabbing. That was when I was 16 years old, just because we just looked at each other", he said.

Trump is in Vietnam for a state visit and to attend meetings of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) group.

"The neo-liberal pillars of ASEAN such as deregulation, privatization and deregulation are historically proven to throw Filipino poor to inescapable cycle of poverty and misery, and at present with US President Trump's attendance, the world is being pushed to the brink of a nuclear war via his aggressive threats against North Korea", Casilao said.

Near the end of Obama's tenure, Duterte said Obama was a "son of a bitch" who could "go to hell".

On Monday, the 31st ASEAN Summit and Related Summits will be officiated by Duterte at the Cultural Centre of the Philippines before the leaders gather at the Philippine International Convention Centre for a series of meetings, including the 40th anniversary of ASEAN-US Dialogue Relations.

Then-presidential candidate Duterte outlines plans to eradicate drugs in the Philippines by killing so many dealers it will unleash a boom for funeral businesses. "It is paramount that human rights violations not be the consequences of the Philippines" "war on drugs'".