Trump's Asia trip ends as it begins: shadowed by Russian Federation

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte says he stabbed someone to death 'over a look' when he was 16

"I'm a very good mediator and arbitrator", Trump said during a news conference with Vietnamese President Tran Dai Quang in Hanoi before flying here.

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte says Xi assured him of China's peaceful intentions.

"At the age of 16, I already killed someone", he said.

"I know that I have been demonized", Duterte said during a recent speech to Southeast Asian lawyers. And he is expected, in meetings with other leaders, to push his agenda for bilateral, rather than multinational, trade agreements.

"I think you'll see a number of things that come out of the two summits, as well, in the way of cooperation and initiatives between the United States and ASEAN and some of the individual member states", the official said.

"This rapporteur", he said, after referring to the United Nations' special rapporteur on extrajudicial killings, Agnes Callamard, by name.

The question of whether the USA and Russian leaders will hold official discussions on the sidelines of the APEC summit in the resort city of Danang has added a layer of diplomatic intrigue to an event dominated by trade discussions.

Phelim Kine, Human Rights Watch deputy Asia director, told Agence France Presse Trump and other world leaders should not copy their controversial host's signature fist salute as this could land them in hot water.

Duterte seemed confident he had Trump's backing for his deadly war on drugs.

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Since Duterte's inauguration past year, police and affiliated death squads have summarily executed more than 8,000 suspected drug users.

Mr Trump, who has said Mr Duterte is doing "a great job", himself came under criticism during his 2016 presidential run, when he told a campaign rally in Iowa: "I could stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot somebody and I wouldn't lose any voters, OK?" And nearly all of them also have the same problem.

Duterte has also acknowledged the deep and unshakable bond between the Pentagon and Philippine military, which has played a key role in shaping and taming the Filipino president's erratic defence policy.

That invitation generated some outrage from human rights groups.

Though the U.S. administration has been under pressure to raise Duterte's drug war in Manila, Trump will likely focus on building rapport and personal friendship with his Filipino counterpart.

"Forget what they say, those human rights (activists)".

Roque, in the interview, said he believes Sanders was interested in making it appear that Trump had raised human rights in a bid to placate Trump's "domestic constituency".

Thanking ASEAN and worldwide friends for providing assistance, the President said they were now in the process of helping people back on their feet to reclaim their lives. "So madaling kausapin because they're also suffering from the same the scourge with drugs", Duterte said.

Trump, on the other hand, has embraced Duterte - with a senior administration official saying before the trip that "there's a warm rapport there".

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