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Trump seeks to strike diplomatic balance with Philippines' Duterte

Trump seeks to strike diplomatic balance with Philippines' Duterte

The framework will be endorsed by China and the 10 nations of ASEAN in Manila on Monday, a diplomat from one of the regional bloc's countries said.

"The two sides returned to the track of appropriately handling the South China Sea issue through dialogue and consultation, thus removing the stumbling block that has held back our bilateral relations for several years", Li said.

"China is to work with ASEAN countries to maintain peace and stability, as well as development and prosperity in the South China Sea region", Xi told Duterte as quoted by the official Xinhua news agency.

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

In a joint news conference, Quang said he had "shared my thoughts with (Trump) on the recent developments in this area and it is our policy to settle disputes in the South China Sea through peaceful negotiations, and with respect for diplomatic and legal process in accordance with worldwide law, including the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea". ASEAN meets with China and the US early in the week ahead of a joint meeting with the leaders of nations including the US, China, Japan, Australia, India and Russian Federation.

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.

It will be the last leg of a marathon Asia tour that, despite Trump's "America First" policy, may reassure some that his administration remains committed to a region that Beijing sees as its strategic domain. 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.

He said that Trump and Xi had discussed ways to "prevent mishaps, misunderstandings and miscalculations" in the vital seaway.

US President Donald Trump on Sunday misspelled "Philippines" ahead of his visit to Manila for a summit of Asia Pacific leaders.

"Ladies and gentlemen, I sang an invited duet with Ms. Pilita Corrales upon the orders of the Commander-in-Chief of the United States", the Philippine president revealed.

In recent days, North Korean state-run media has taken to referring to Mr Trump's age.

"(US) Foreign policy in Asia has had its oxygen sucked out the room", he said. China bridled against interference by outside countries.

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


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