Trip to Asia 'tremendously successful'


Trip to Asia 'tremendously successful'

President Rodrigo Duterte arrives for the 19th Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)-Republic of Korea Summit on the sidelines of the 31st ASEAN Summit and Related summits in Manila, Monday.

President Donald Trump is holding friendly talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India as he nears the end of his lengthy Asia trip.

He met with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and highlighted their two nations' "deeper and more comprehensive" ties, looking to strengthen a relationship that is vital to the U.S. vision of an Indo-Pacific region that attempts to de-emphasise China's influence.

President Donald Trump is spending the final day of his Asia trip attending the East Asia Summit in the Philippines.

Trump is teasing a "major statement" on trade and North Korea in Washington on Wednesday when he returns.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson would attend Tuesday's summit in his place, a senior White House official said, adding the event was running too late.

"This is a tremendous concern to Canada and to many, many countries around the world", he said. "And I'm really proud of that".

"The key for us is to ensure very close trilateral cooperation so as to bring peace and stability on the ground", said the Japanese leader.

"We've got the same values and the same focus on ensuring that the North Korean regime comes to its senses and stops its reckless provocation and threats of conflict in our region", he said.

When White House reporters traveling with Trump asked whether the issue of human rights had come up at a meeting between the two presidents Monday, both Trump and Duterte declined to respond.

Mr Duterte, who has spoken highly of Mr Trump, said last week he would tell the USA president to "lay off" if he were to raise accusations of rights violations.

The leaders later issued a joint statement saying that "the two sides underscored that human rights and the dignity of human life are essential, and agreed to continue mainstreaming the human rights agenda in their national programs".

More than 3,900 people have been killed in a war on drugs that Mr Duterte declared when he took office previous year. Mr. Trump told reporters that he and Mr. Duterte have "had a great relationship".