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VP Pence meets Indonesian president on Asia tour


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.

"Even if Trump were to attend the summits, he could do more harm than good", Mr. Connelly wrote on Lowy Institute's Web site last March.

The Asean summit in November would be the first time Trump would meet Duterte if he does not attend the Belt and Road Summit in China in May. China claims most of the South China Sea, but has overlapping claims with a number of Southeast Asian countries.

Duterte called Trump in December 2016 to congratulate him on his victory in the United States presidential elections. "And numerous leaders who do not attend do so because they have internal issues, which prevents them from coming", Mr. Paynor also said. "But he seems to be very busy", he said, adding, "If he's coming, it would be good for the country, for all of us". "And numerous leaders who do not attend do so because they have internal issues and-which prevents them from coming", Paynor 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. They will return to PICC for the rest of the meetings.


Paynor said that with "Multilateral meetings of this sort, you usually expect 100% attendance".

But Mr. Bolivar on Wednesday said: "We can not announce that yet".

In a press briefing in Malacañang on Wednesday, ASEAN 2017 National Organizing Council (NOC) director general for operations Marciano Paynor said the meeting with the Brunei leader will be held on April 28 and on April 29 with the Indonesian leader.

Acting Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) spokesman Robespierre Bolivar said the issue on the South China Sea may be raised not just by Duterte but also by the other ASEAN leaders during the summit as it is a regional concern. "With Brunei, similar issues that I feel will just be reiterated and perhaps further elucidated".

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