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Meetings with Xi, Putin were productive - Rody

15 November 2017

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.

"We've had a tremendously successful trip", Trump told reporters before departing his third summit of the trip. "Tremendous amounts of work was done on trade".

His latest comments come ahead of him hosting US President Donald Trump and other leaders for the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) summit.

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte says Xi assured him of China's peaceful intentions.

Duterte and Trump have much in common.

Tomorrow, Trump and Duterte are expected to hold bilateral talks.

Karapatan secretary-general Cristina Palabay said it was hypocritical for the two to even discuss the topic given their tracklist of human rights violations.

"When I was a teenager, I would go in and out of jail", Mr Duterte said in remarks captured on camera.

Her readout appeared to conflict with the Filipino version of the meeting.

"There's a proposal to build a maintenance center for Russian ships in the Philippines", Presidential spokesman Harry Roque said. There was no mention of extralegal killings.

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Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte speaks during the opening session of the 31st ASEAN Summit in Manila, Philippines, November 13, 2017.

"Foreign leaders should recognise that the fist. symbolises a purposeful attack by Duterte on rule of law that has inflicted a human rights calamity on thousands of Filipinos", Phelim Kine, Human Rights Watch deputy Asia director, told AFP.

Police have reported killing almost 4,000 in his anti-drug war, and many thousands of murders remain unexplained, but Duterte insists he is not responsible for any unlawful deaths.

Donald Trump has been caught in one of the most awkward moments of his presidency so far during a "family" photo at the start of a regional summit in the Philippines. Human rights groups believe the total could be closer to 9,000.

Soon after taking office, Trump abandoned the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal concluded a year ago with the aim of containing China's influence in the Pacific region-raising doubts over the U.S. presence in the region.

Trump will also meet with Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India, which plays a key role in the USA vision of an Indo-Pacific region that attempts to de- emphasise China's influence.

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

Trump was originally slated to depart Manila for Washington on Monday.

Duterte, whose controversial war on drugs is said to have claimed an estimated 13,000 lives, also said that the menace of illegal drug trade continued to endanger the very fabric of societies.

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".

Meetings with Xi, Putin were productive - Rody