Trump lands in Philippines, offers to mediate on S.China Sea

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At the start of his meeting with Vietnam's president Tran Dai Quang, he said he was prepared to act as mediator between claimants to the South China Sea, which include Vietnam and China.

Meanwhile, Cambodia Prime Minister Hun Sen and Myanmar (Burma) leader Aung San Suu Kyi were among the first leaders to arrive in the Philippines to attend the summit of leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) and their dialogue partners.

"The South China Sea is better left untouched, nobody can afford to go to war", the Philippines strongman said.

China claims nearly the entire South China Sea, with competing claims from Taiwan, Vietnam, the Philippines, Malaysia and Brunei.

Briefing reporters in Beijing during the China leg of Trump's Asia tour, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said the US view on the maritime dispute hadn't changed - that "claimants should stop construction and militarization" of disputed islands.

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They are expected to hold one-on-one talks on Monday and, if Trump does not bring up any human rights concerns, Duterte is widely expected to trumpet the meeting as an endorsement.

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The United States and its former colony, the Philippines, have been strategic allies since World War Two.

"I was just 16 years old".

Hosted by President Rodrigo Duterte, the dinner at the SMX Convention Center marks the beginning of the three-day Summits where leaders from 20 countries, European Union and United Nations are converging in the capital for their annual gathering.

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Leaders at the Philippines summit will discuss the South China Sea, but mainly to agree on a procedural step to cool tensions.

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.

In August, foreign ministers of Southeast Asia and China adopted a negotiating framework for a code of conduct in the resource-rich waterway, a move they hailed as progress but one seen by critics as a tactic to buy China time to consolidate its power.

US Navy ships have also carried out freedom of navigation patrols in the area, angering China, which says the territorial issues should be handled directly between countries in the region.

India has been supporting freedom of navigation and access to resources in the South China Sea in accordance with principles of worldwide law, including the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea.

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In meetings with Duterte, Trump will reportedly try to win over a leader who has expressed a strong anti-U.S. sentiment.

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