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Pence confirms Trump will attend ASEAN summit in PH

Pence confirms Trump will attend ASEAN summit in PH

President Trump will head to the Philippines and Vietnam in November, Vice President Mike PenceMike (Michael) Richard PenceTrump to visit Philippines, Vietnam N. Korea threatens "super-mighty preemptive strike" Haley to North Korea: Don't pick a fight with the US MORE announced Thursday.

Paynor also said the ASEAN-related activities in Bohol this week will continue despite the encounter between government troops and the Abu Sayyaf Group during the Holy Week. China claims most of the South China Sea, but has overlapping claims with a number of Southeast Asian countries. "Numerous leaders who do not attend do so because of internal issues", although "one or two" leaders may not be able to attend.

And the United States is seen to play a keener role in ASEAN, going by Malacañang's remarks on Wednesday about US President Donald J. Trump's attendance in the November meetings. They will return to PICC for the rest of the meetings.

"Multilateral meetings of this sort, we usually expect 100 percent attendance".

At least 52 meetings, including an annual gathering of ASEAN foreign ministers on central Boracay Island in February, have been held without any incident, Cuy said.

For his part, Duterte, however, said he was not sure whether Trump would visit the Philippines.

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"But we always say we will not be coerced or held hostage by these actions".

Coinciding with the ASEAN Summit are the state visits of Indonesian President Joko Widodo and Brunei Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah to the country.

Laos has also requested to pay a courtesy call to Duterte, according to Paynor.

Meanwhile, Widodo is also set to attend the launch of the Davao-General Santos-Bitung RO-RO (Roll On, Roll Out) route in the morning April 30.

Trump's administration will work with ASEAN on security issues, trade, and freedom of navigation in the South China Sea (East Sea), Pence said.

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