Wednesday, 22 November, 2017

Trump offers to mediate on South China Sea

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Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has urged members of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) to turn the Asia-Pacific into a "comprehensively connected and integrated" region.

Philippine presidential spokesman Harry Roque told CNN before the visit that he sees Trump and Duterte as "very much alike".

Near the end of Obama's tenure, Duterte said Obama was a "son of a bitch" who could "go to hell".

"I am looking forward to start in positive note with tonight's celebration of 50 years of ASEAN", said Duterte in his remarks at the dinner.

"You f**k with my countrymen, I won't let you off the hook".

President Quang said Vietnam believed in handling disputes on the South China Sea through peaceful negotiations and on the basis of worldwide laws - which Vietnam says nullify China's claims.

Ahead of his visit to Vietnam, Xi also said that China and Vietnam - another claimant - need to "stay committed to seeking a fundamental and durable solution to their maritime issues acceptable to both sides through friendly consultation", he is quoted as saying in Chinese state media.

China, Taiwan, Vietnam, the Philippines, Malaysia and Brunei all have competing claims to various island chains in the South China Sea.

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With China's controversial military buildup likely to be a major issue at the ASEAN summit, Premier Li Keqiang today clearly reiterated Beijing's long- held position that it wants to bilaterally resolve its disputes with its neighbours over the South China Sea.

"We still prefer USA and Western equipment but they are very expensive".

The Philippines would also be the last stop of Trump's five-nation swing in Asia.

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

On a tour that has taken him to Japan, South Korea, China and Vietnam, Trump and his team have repeatedly used the term "Indo-Pacific" instead of "Asia-Pacific" for the region, which some see as an effort to depict it as more than China-dominated. "For China, this is their time".

The ASEAN has been pushing for a legally binding code of conduct for all stakeholders in the South China Sea but Beijing has opposed such a framework asserting it will resolve the dispute with respective countries under a bilateral mechanism. The country claims a huge swathe of the South China Sea.

Since coming to office 16 months ago, the firebrand leader has been conciliatory to Beijing, despite a ruling by an global arbitration court favoring the Philippines in its territorial dispute with China.

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