Trump lands in Philippines, final stop in Asia

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang second from left links hands with other leaders from the ASEAN and their Dialog

Duterte has been embroiled in controversies ever since he took the Philippines' presidential seat in June previous year.

Duterte's aggressive crackdown on drug traffickers and users in the Philippines has resulted in thousands of extrajudicial murders.

Ms Ardern will meet Rodrigo Duterte later this evening after the East Asia Summit finishes in Manila. While human rights groups were pressing the US President to take a tough stance on Duterte's bloody war on drugs, the issue reportedly did not see the prime light during their discussion.

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"We've made some very big steps with respect to trade, far bigger than anything you know, in addition to about $300 billion in sales to various companies, including China", Trump said, according to a pool report.

Both leaders have publicly praised the other and appear to have a good relationship, with some Filipinos even calling Duterte the "Filipino Trump".

Early on Monday, about 1,000 protesters clashed with riot police as they tried to reach the convention centre where the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) meetings were held. "This is the bilateral meeting".

Mr Trump has faced criticism for praising Mr Duterte during a phone call for the "great job" he was doing to counter illegal narcotics.

While a Philippines government spokesman said that human rights issue was not raised during the leaders' meeting, White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said that the topic was mentioned briefly.

However, the White House's version of events contradicts that of the Philippines' statement, which said that "there was no mention of human rights".

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