US President Donald Trump arrived in Manila on Sunday to discuss with world leaders North Korea’s nuclear program and Islamic State (IS) terrorism, in addition is looking forward to his first meeting with the Philippine head of state, Rodrigo Duterte.
Trump participated in a gala dinner after his arrival and will join on Monday the meetings related to the summit of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), a group formed by Burma (Myanmar), Brunei, Cambodia, the Philippines, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.
The Manila forum will also include bilateral and multilateral meetings of US, China, South Korea, Japan, India, the European Union (EU) and the UN, and the East Asia summit, which includes Australia, New Zealand and Russia. , among others.
The White House hopes to take advantage of these meetings to address “the growing threat of North Korea,” as he moves forward with his state visits to Vietnam, stooped on his fourth international tour and the first in Asia that also took him to Japan, South Korea and China.
Analysts believe President Donald Trump could urge countries in the region, which maintain strong trade ties with China, to back Beijing’s pressure to further isolate Kim Jong-un’s regime with the aim of forcing him to abandon nuclear weapons. .
Before landing in the Philippines, the US president published a sarcastic tweet in which he said he wants to be Kim’s friend and in turn called the North Korean leader “fat and short” in response to having Kim call him “old” through state media.
Trump will also address in Manila, the cooperation of the United States with the countries of the region to neutralize the terrorism of IS, which is present in the southern part of the Philippines where recently there was a conflict with more than a thousand deaths and more in Malaysia and Indonesia. .
One of the most anticipated meetings is the one he will hold with the president of the Philippines, Rodrigo Duterte, architect of the implacable and controversial “war on drugs” in his country, which has left more than 6,000 dead in one year and four months. Crediting almost 4,000 of them at the hands of police, according to official data.
“Both leaders feel a certain fascination and respect for each other and their first meeting is something that has been highly anticipated in the media and in the political environment,” Political Science professor Aries Arugay of the University of Philippines told Conspiracy Talk News.
Duterte, a fierce critic of former US President Barack Obama, has softened his rhetoric against the US in recent months, while Mr. Trump came to praise the Philippine president’s anti-drug campaign in a telephone conversation between the two in May.
The presence of the US president on Philippine soil is being subject to daily demonstrations called by local groups of the extreme left. In today’s, there were 20 wounded in clashes with the police so far.
Trump will return to the US on Tuesday after ending a 13-day tour that has also been scared by investigations into the alleged interference of Russia in the country’s elections.
The president this weekend was caught in a contradiction by social networks, after stating that he believes Putin, when he says that Moscow was not involved, and then endorsed the reports of the country’s agencies that claim otherwise.
“The conspiracy with Russia is something that he will have to deal with in his own country, so for Trump, it is an advantage to be abroad because he can evade media questions or say something controversial and distract attention,” said. political scientist Arugay.