Trump, Putin shake hands but no formal meeting expected

Nov 15, 2017, 00:48

Trump and Putin shook hands this morning as leaders of the 21-nation Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation opened their meetings. Ahead of his meeting with the United States president, he promised that his country will "remain to be the best of friends with America". Duterte's scorched-earth campaign has reportedly claimed thousands of lives since 2016, drawing condemnation from human rights groups, global media and Western capitals.

At APEC on Friday, Trump also said the United States will no longer "be taken advantage of" through trade agreements, but also called for mutually beneficial trade deals.

"The arms that you sent were very accurate and they were able to take care of the snipers", Duterte told Putin, referring to the ISIS-inspired Maute rebels.

"When I was a teenager, I would go in and out of jail", Duterte said in remarks posted on YouTube by his office.

Trump offered yesterday to mediate in the South China Sea disputes and his Chinese counterpart played down concerns over Beijing's military buildup and the prospects of war in the contested waters, the Associated Press reported.

Yet the U.S. leader also wants Russian support for his efforts to isolate North Korea in a bid to restrain its nuclear ambitions.

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".

With the two references, Trump seemed to be underlining the policy laid out by his secretary of state Rex Tillerson last month when the latter had sought cooperation among the democracies of the Indo-Pacific region to ensure peace and stability in the region.

Since Duterte's inauguration past year, police and affiliated death squads have summarily executed more than 8,000 suspected drug users.

Though the U.S. administration has been under pressure to raise Duterte's drug war in Manila, Trump will likely focus on building rapport and personal friendship with his Filipino counterpart.

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.

Duterte won last year's presidential elections after promising to eradicate illegal drugs with an unprecedented crackdown that would see up to 100,000 people killed.

Roque, in the interview, said he believes Sanders was interested in making it appear that Trump had raised human rights in a bid to placate Trump's "domestic constituency". "As now led by fine people, I believe very much in our intelligence agencies". "So madaling kausapin because they're also suffering from the same the scourge with drugs", Duterte said. Duterte, however, made it clear that he won't welcome any discussion on human rights lest he will tell the USA leader to "lay off".

"We expect Trump to talk about human rights with such a record?" Trump talked instead about their "great relationship".

It also reported that there have been 12 incidents of aerial bombings in the Philippines, which has contributed to hundreds of thousands of forced evacuations, mainly in the war-stricken Marawi.

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