Tuesday, 21 November, 2017

Philippines President Duterte accepts Modi's invite

PM Modi PM Modi leaves for three-day visit to Philippines to attend ASEAN summit
Lillian Steele | 14 November, 2017, 01:36

U.S. President Donald Trump, second from right, reacts as he does the "ASEAN-way handshake" with Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, left, Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc, second from left, and Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on stage during the opening ceremony at the ASEAN Summit at the Cultural Center of the Philippines, Monday, Nov. 13, 2017, in Manila, Philippines. And while White House aides have been pleased with the president's messaging through stops in Japan, South Korea and China, Trump has brought Russian Federation to the forefront again as he makes his final stops. For decades, the countries were strategic allies, although relations have deteriorated in recent years over allegations of human rights violations made by Trump's predecessor, Barack Obama, against Duterte and his government. Trump has previously praised Duterte for his handing of the Philippines' drug problems.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said, "human rights briefly came up", in the two leaders' discussions, according to CBS' Mark Knoller. The leaders were supposed to cross their arms to shake the hands of those standing next to them.

Handshakes have become a focal point of Trump's first year in office with the Republican being photographed using a full arsenal of unusual grips and techniques with various world leaders.

Hundreds of leftist activists, students and farmers burned a swastika-shaped effigy of Trump, shouting anti-US slogans demanding that U.S. troops leave the Philippines.

In another unusual and candid moment from the ASEAN summit, Duterte - who recently said he stabbed someone to death when he was a teenage because of "a look" - sang a Filipino love song "on the orders of Donald Trump" shortly before the summit.

Hours before Trump's arrival in the country, riot police used water cannons to prevent hundreds of anti-American protesters from reaching the U.S. Embassy in Manila.

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