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ASEAN Summit opens in Philippines

ASEAN Summit opens in Philippines

He jointly met with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, with whom he had a contentious phone call last winter, and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who hosted the president in Tokyo earlier in the trip. The two leaders did talk about the country's brutal war on drugs, which has left thousands of people dead. At the opening ceremony in Manila, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, said that the two days of meetings presented an excellent opportunity to engage in meaningful discussion on matters of regional and worldwide importance.

Kosuke Takahashi, a longtime Japanese journalist working as the Tokyo correspondent for Jane's Defense Weekly, said Mr. Trump's comments about the need for Tokyo to buy more American weapons and shoot down the next missile North Korea fires over Japan were viewed with skepticism by Mr. Abe's critics.

US President Donald Trump congratulated the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) for the liberation of Marawi City from local armed groups that pledged allegiance to the Islamic State (ISIS).

"I made a lot of friends at the highest levels", Trump said Tuesday as he attended the East Asia Summit, where leaders discuss a range of regional economic and security issues.

President Trump wrapped up his marathon trip through Asia on Tuesday, citing progress on trade deals, greater respect in foreign capitals for US power and prestige, and reassurance of allies over nuclear tensions with North Korea.

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But a spokesperson for the Philippine leader says the topic did not come up during their discussions.

A Vietnamese delegation led by Prime Minister Nguyễn Xuân Phúc arrived in Manila on Sunday to participate.

The ASEAN-UN meet on Monday was the last item on the President's schedule on Monday. The White House has suggested the president may designate North Korea as a state sponsor of terrorism.

When the reporters asked Trump whether he would raise human rights at the meeting, Duterte replied with: "Whoa, whoa". Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders didn't say if Trump had been critical of Duterte's violent war on the illegal drug trade.

More than 3,900 people have been killed in a war on drugs that Mr Duterte declared when he took office past year.


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