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Duterte meets Vladimir Putin again in APEC

Duterte meets Vladimir Putin again in APEC

The two leaders met on the sidelines of the APEC summit in Da Nang.

The president, who campaigned on shredding multilateral trade agreements he has deemed unfair, insisted during his travels that multibillion-dollar deficits that favor US trading partners will be reduced to zero, and that trade overall must be fair and mutually beneficial.

With that curtailment, it seems even less likely that Trump will call on Duterte to suspend operations and seek justice for victims.

He pushed a go-it-alone trade policy yet reaffirmed traditional strategic alliances.

Meanwhile, Duterte told Xi in Vietnam that he will raise the dispute over the South China Sea as chairman of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations Summit this week. The White House says the two will not hold a formal meeting in Vietnam.

Duterte - sometimes described "Trump of the East" because of his brash and mercurial style - had said on Wednesday that he would tell the US president to "lay off" if he raised the issue of human rights when they met.

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, whose bloody war on drugs has led to the deaths of more than 12,000 Filipinos, boasted on Thursday that he is no more concerned with killing now than he was at the age of 16, when he said he stabbed a man to death just because he looked at him the wrong way.

If anything, Duterte has been all praise for Trump in the past year, welcoming closer bilateral cooperation against common concerns such as terrorism.

"As to whether I believe it, I'm with our agencies", Trump said.




Her readout appeared to conflict with the Filipino version of the meeting. The senior administration official told reporters, "The president will have frank and friendly discussions in his first meeting with Mr. Duterte". There was no mention of extralegal killings.

Vietnam President Tran Dai Quang (left) with US President Donald Trump (right) in the central Vietnamese city of Danang on Friday. Government officials estimate that well over 3,000 people, mostly drug users and dealers, have died in the crackdown.

"How much more now that I am President?" he concluded, to laughter from the audience.

Trump has pulled the United States out of the Pacific Rim trade pact known as the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

Trump also strategized with US allies about the North Korean nuclear threat.

Trump also spoke about trade and the menace of North Korea with Australian Prime Mnister Malcolm Turnbull in a three-way chat with Japanese leader Shinzo Abe. "We want fair trade for the United States", he said.

Trump said he would wait until he was back in Washington to elaborate with a "major statement" on those two topics, but hinted at progress while in Manila.

"We've made some very big steps with regard to trade - far bigger than anything you know", Trump told reporters at the beginning of the meeting in Manila, touting business deals forged between U.S. and foreign companies.

Trump's discussions will largely centre on trade and North Korea but he remains dogged by things he has said, and not said, about Russian Federation.

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