Trump touts his dealmaking skills as solution to South China Sea dispute

President of Philippines Rodrigo Duterte gestures during his meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin at the APEC Leaders Summit

President of Philippines Rodrigo Duterte gestures during his meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin at the APEC Leaders Summit

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte will host world leaders in Manila from Sunday, hoping their presence will quieten global criticism over his deadly drugs war, which rights groups say may be a crime against humanity.

United States president Donald Trump (L) and Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte with wife Cielito Avancena during a photo session at a dinner marking the 50th birthday of ASEAN, on the eve of the 12th East Asia Summit.

"The South China Sea is better left untouched, nobody can afford to go to war", the Philippines strongman said.

Beijing's sweeping claims also overlap with those of the Philippines, Malaysia, Brunei, and Taiwan.

It will be the last leg of a marathon Asia tour that, despite Trump's "America First" policy, may reassure some that his administration remains committed to a region that Beijing sees as its strategic domain.

"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.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Friday he can envision the USA and North Korea agreeing to hold talks at some point as a precursor to formal negotiations.

Leaders in the Philippines are eager for Trump's visit, viewing the President's arrival as a welcome change in American leadership given former President Barack Obama's relationship with Duterte was markedly frayed.

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Unbridled, undisturbed, unmolested while we use that small way from the Indian Ocean. facing Palawan", Duterte said, referencing the southern Philippines province which juts out into the South China Sea.

The framework will be endorsed by China and the 10 nations of ASEAN in Manila on Monday, a diplomat from one of the regional bloc's countries said.

Leaders at the Philippines summit will discuss the South China Sea, but mainly to agree on a procedural step to cool tensions. "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.

In a speech in Vietnam, Trump said he could no longer tolerate chronic trade abuses and would insist on fair and equal policies.

The framework seeks to advance a 2002 Declaration of Conduct (DOC) of Parties 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.

In meetings with Duterte, Trump will reportedly try to win over a leader who has expressed a strong anti-U.S. sentiment.

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