Published: Mon, November 13, 2017
Industry | By Dora Warner

Xi tells Duterte China will work to safeguard South China Sea peace

Xi tells Duterte China will work to safeguard South China Sea peace

"I know you've had a dispute for quite a while with China, if I can help in any way, I'm a very good mediator and a very good arbitrator".

He told the crowd: "I will slap her in front of you. Why?"

China is claimant to swathes of ocean, extending far outside its internationally agreed 200-mile economic exclusion zone (EEZ).

"At the age of 16, I already killed someone", he told a gathering of Filipinos in the Vietnamese city of Da Nang, where he was visiting ahead of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit.

The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines said Trump arrived in Manila at 5:45 p.m.

The Philippines has historically been the United States' strongest ally in the region.

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Human rights organizations say they are concerned that Trump will give Duterte a free pass on his drug war crackdown, by failing to mention the issue during his multi-day visit.

Addressing the local Filipino community, Duterte said he was not afraid to go to jail, referencing the killing to drive home his point. "We do not talk about these things because, first of all, they are not true; and the second is, we do not do it", Duterte 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.

Chinese President Xi Jinping received a red carpet welcome at the start of his state visit to Vietnam Sunday despite growing tensions between the two communist countries.

"We want to get that straightened out very quickly", Trump said at a meeting with Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc.

The Philippines will be Trump's last stop on a marathon tour that has taken him to Japan, South Korea, China as well as Vietnam.

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

Both protests called on the government to "ban Trump".

Since Trump took office, priorities in the region lie elsewhere, with United States focus largely on containing the North Korean threat.

"(US) Foreign policy in Asia has had its oxygen sucked out the room", he said.

China claims sovereignty over all of South China Sea, a huge source of hydrocarbons. "For China, this is their time".

The framework will be endorsed by China and ASEAN members at a summit in Manila on Monday, a diplomat from one of the regional bloc's countries said. The country claims a huge swathe of the South China Sea.

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