A series of protests against Trump took place this week prior to the U.S. president's arrival today to meet Southeast Asian leaders and attend the Asean Summit in the final leg of his five-country Asia trip.
In Manila, Trump was scheduled to meet with leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and other East Asian nations.
"The South China Sea is better left untouched, nobody can afford to go to war".
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.
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His final stop is the Philippines.
Reuters reported that protesters attempted to demonstrate at the United States Embassy in the Philippine capital as Trump arrived, but were stopped by police.
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Friday he can envision the USA and North Korea agreeing to hold talks at some point as a precursor to formal negotiations. "Stabbing. That was when I was 16 years old, just because we just looked at each other", he said.
The two lawmakers incurred Duterte's ire when they criticised US President Donald Trump for inviting the Philippine leader to visit the US as well as discuss with him during his visit to Manila of the human rights situation arising from the government's brutal war on illegal drugs.
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The increasing use of the phrase "Indo-Pacific" by Trump and his team during their Asian tour this week, instead of the more common "Asia-Pacific" term has been seen by analysts as an effort to depict the region as more than China-dominated.
Pacific Rim nation leaders agreed in Vietnam on Saturday to address "unfair trade practices" and "market distorting subsidies", a statement that bore the imprint of Trump's efforts to reshape the global trade landscape.
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 DOC has mostly been ignored by claimant states, particularly China, which has built seven man-made islands in disputed waters, three of them equipped with runways, surface-to-air missiles and radars.
The framework seeks to advance a 2002 Declaration of Conduct (DOC) of Parties in the South China Sea.
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South Korea's Yonhap news agency described the exercises as an "unprecedented show of force" off the peninsula. This will be the first time the three US aircraft carriers will conduct an exercise in the area since 2007.
In meetings with Duterte, Trump will reportedly try to win over a leader who has expressed a strong anti-U.S. sentiment.