Wednesday, 22 November, 2017

'Dump Trump' protest erupts ahead of Philippines summit

President of Philippines Rodrigo Duterte gestures during his meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin at the APEC Leaders Summit 'Dump Trump' protest erupts ahead of Philippines summit
Saul Franklin | 13 November, 2017, 01:20

Carrying placards declaring "Dump Trump" and "Down with U.S. Imperialism", the left-wing protesters were blocked by police in riot gear with shields and batons, and then showered with jets of water from a fire engine.

"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 ceremony on the eve of a summit of East and Southeast Asian nations in the Philippine capital.

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

With China's controversial military buildup likely to be a major issue at the ASEAN summit, Premier Li Keqiang today clearly reiterated Beijing's long- held position that it wants to bilaterally resolve its disputes with its neighbours over the South China Sea.

"I can help mediate and arbitrate".

Ahead of the next regional meetings, the ASEAN summit in Manila, Chinese state media reported that Xi pledged to work with China's ASEAN partners "to maintain peace and stability, as well as development and prosperity".

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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 US President, who expressed his great friendship with Chinese president Xi Jinping in the early stage of his Asia tour, acknowledged in Vietnam that China's position on the South China Sea, almost all of which is claimed by Beijing, was a problem.

Duterte said earlier in the week that he planned to ask China to make clear its intentions in the South China Sea.

Philippines President Duterte recommended avoiding confrontation and leaving the situation in the disputed South China Sea "untouched". "The South China Sea, Taiwan, the East China Sea".

China and Vietnam need to "stay committed to seeking a fundamental and durable solution to their maritime issues acceptable to both sides through friendly consultation", Xi said in an article published by the state-run Xinhua news agency Thursday - before Xi's arrival in Vietnam. The dispute centers around the Spratly and Paracel Islands.

The framework seeks to advance a 2002 Declaration of Conduct (DOC) of Parties in the South China Sea.

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