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Trump to attend three Asian summits in November: Pence

In a tweet Thursday, United States Vice President Mike Pence confirmed that Trump will attend the US-Asean Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit and the East Asia Summit, both to be held in the Philippines in November.

"Trump is profound even if he does not seem to be one", he said.

The visit of the two leaders coincides with the 30th ASEAN Summit and Related Meetings to be held from April 26 to 29. China claims most of the South China Sea, but has overlapping claims with a number of Southeast Asian countries.

"The previous administration decided, and rightly so, to allow the incoming administration to decide how it wanted to host the 2017 ASEAN meetings", he said.

Despite bilateral relations souring under former USA president Barack Obama's administration, Duterte and Trump showed signs of warm ties after Trump praised the controversial war on drugs in the Philippines.

"However, our administrative rules, including procurement laws made it very hard for us to prepare because bidding process usually takes all of three months", he said.

He also stressed the need for "fundamental freedom of navigation", and said he and President Donald Trump want to expand economic ties with Indonesia.

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

"For Indonesia I think it will be a follow-up of what President Duterte and President Widodo had talked about in Jakarta when the President went there for a visit", said Paynor.

"With Brunei, similar issues that I feel will just be reiterated and perhaps further elucidated", he added.

The DFA official said Philippine trade is also expected to improve, as ASEAN members discuss various issues including trade, as well as people-to-people exchanges, cultural exchanges, educational cooperation and security cooperation.



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