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Trump arrives in Philippines for ASEAN summit

FILE Chinese Premier Li Keqiang speaks on urbanisation at a high-level conference co-organised by Friends of Europe Anti-Trump protesters, police engage in brief scuffle in Manila
Kenny Thornton | 12 November, 2017, 12:55

On November 13, the Prime Minister will attend the ASEAN business and investment summit. On the other hand, the U.S. president, Donald Trump, who initially said that he will omit his first summit with ASEAN leaders, will attend the meeting along with the prime ministers of China, Japan, India, and the presidents of the Republic of Korea, Indonesia, and the Myanmar State Counselor.

Trump will meet Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte in Manila, where he will try to shore up relations strained by the mercurial Duterte's notorious anti-U.S. sentiment and his enthusiasm for better ties with Russian Federation and China.

The US President's final stop on his five-nation Asian tour will be the Philippines - for an Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) Summit.

It will be the first meeting between the two leaders following a proposal to have a quadrilateral alliance among India, the US, Japan, and Australia.

Mr. Modi highlighted India's trade with the ASEAN region in particular and the Indo-Pacific/Asia Pacific region in general as a zone of greater economic convergence.

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In his maiden visit to the Philippines as prime minister, Modi will also interact with the Indian Community and visit the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) and the Mahavir Philippines Foundation.

"My participation in them symbolises India's commitment to continue deepening relationship with Asean", the PM said. Japan has categorically said that it favours a dialogue between the four countries to boost strategic partnership.

Official sources said the meeting between Modi and Trump is likely to take place on Monday.

Riot police used water canon to prevent hundreds of protesters reaching the US embassy in Manila on Sunday, just a few hours before the arrival of President Donald Trump in the Philippines for a regional summit and the last leg of his Asia tour. "It's the largest democracy in the world", Trump said.

Trump was speaking at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit of chief executives in Vietnam.

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