'Dump Trump' protest erupts ahead of Philippines summit

Rodrigo Duterte admits stabbing rival to death when he was 16

Rodrigo Duterte admits stabbing rival to death when he was 16

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Friday he can envision the US and North Korea agreeing to hold talks at some point as a precursor to formal negotiations.

Trump and Duterte shook hands during a dinner in Manila for the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) summit, according to White House pool reports.

China will work with Southeast Asian countries to maintain peace in the South China Sea, President Xi Jinping said Saturday (11/11/2017) during a meeting with Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, who pledged to handle issues with Beijing in those waters bilaterally.

While China is frustrated with the intractable nuclear standoff, the USA focus on it does afford China "a lot of strategic opportunities", Harry Kazianis, director of Defense Studies at the Center for the National Interest told CNN ahead of Trump's Asia trip.

Trump is in Vietnam for a state visit and to attend meetings of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) group.

"I can help mediate and arbitrate".

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.

Calling President Duterte and Trump "fascists", Karapatan secretary general Tinay Palabay stressed how the U.S. supports the Duterte administration's bloody War on Drugs, giving $9 million to the program for 2017. Trump has previously praised Duterte's handling of his nation's drug problems.

A month after parole release, OJ Simpson back in trouble in Vegas
According to Simpson's attorney, Malcolm LaVergne , Simpson said all allegations of an altercation at The Cosmopolitan are false. Simpson was charged in the June 12, 1994 murder of his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her current boyfriend, Ron Goldman .

Duterte said earlier in the week that he planned to ask China to make clear its intentions in the South China Sea.

The resource-rich disputed waters of the South China Sea have always been a bone of contention between the regional players - China, Taiwan, Vietnam, Philippines, Indonesia, 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.

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

Ahead of the annual summit of the ASEAN, an influential grouping of 10 South East Asian countries, a number of diplomats said the thorny issue of China's aggressive military buildup in the South China Sea may be one of the focus areas of the deliberations on Tuesday.

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

The framework seeks to advance a 2002 Declaration of Conduct (DOC) of Parties in the South China Sea.

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