Trump dogged by Russian Federation questions near trip's end

Violet Powell
November 15, 2017

Trump and Duterte are expected to hold a one-on-one meeting in Manila on Monday on the sidelines of a 20-nation summit of Asia-Pacific leaders.

"He emphasized that what we want is friendship with all countries and we do not want any trouble with any other country", Roque said.

Xi assured Duterte that all countries have the right of the safe passage in the disputed South China Sea.

A senior White House official said there will be a lot of discussion about renewal of the US-Philippines "alliance and reenergizing that alliance through a joint statement" after the meeting between Trump and Duterte.

Duterte said he sees a very bright future for the relationship between the Philippines and China. Instead, Trump said he and Duterte have "had a great relationship" and avoided questions about whether he'd raise human rights concerns with the Filipino leader during a private meeting. She did not say if Trump was critical of Duterte's program.

President Trump looked slightly ill at ease at first but then appeared to enjoy himself during the unusual handshake with Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, Vietnam's Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc, Thailand's Prime Minister Prayut Chan-O-Cha, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong.

In the United States, extraditions are not actually the province of the president, but rather requests are reviewed and forwarded to the relevant US attorney's office.

Towards the end of the meeting with Putin, Duterte divulged plans to appoint "a special envoy for military and to improve trade relations with Russian Federation".

Duterte, however, seemed to remember it differently.

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Navy, it is the first three-carrier exercise in the Western Pacific since 2007. Trump met with Japan and South Korea officials early last week.

Since Duterte's inauguration a year ago, police and affiliated death squads have summarily executed more than 8,000 suspected drug users. Bishop had previously criticised the drug war.

Duterte has also acknowledged the deep and unshakable bond between the Pentagon and Philippine military, which has played a key role in shaping and taming the Filipino president's erratic defence policy.

Human rights group Karapatan said a meeting between Duterte and Trump on human rights will be "one big sick joke".

"I also took the opportunity to meet my counterparts from many economies".

Duterte says there are three million drug addicts in the Philippines, and he'd like them all dead.

"We expect Trump to talk about human rights with such a record?"

Though the Trump administration has yet to propose an adequate response to its crisis - declaring a national emergency and failing to put any new spending behind the order is clearly insufficient - at least it recognises that using the police to kill dealers and users is not a solution.

A little earlier in his speech, Trump, who also praised Indonesia, Singapore, Thailand and the Philippines, besides China, described Japan as a "dynamic democracy", adding that he and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan "agreed on so many things".

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