Mike Pence says Trump will attend 3 Asian summits in November

Mike Pence says Trump will attend 3 Asian summits in November

Mr. Pence said the president will attend the U.S. -ASEAN summit and the East Asia summit in the Philippines, as well as the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in Vietnam.

During the summits in November, leaders are expected to discuss such issues as responding to North Korea's weapons development and China's assertiveness in the South China Sea, along with US trade policy on Asia.

He said other country leaders from dialogue partners like Australia, China, India, Japan, New Zealand, Russia, and South Korea are also expected to attend.

The outcome of the informal summit between United States President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping was good for Asean - as it exceeded Asean leaders' expectations.

Senior State Department official Patrick Murphy told reporters Thursday that the USA would continue freedom of navigation operations in the South China Sea.

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Transnational security was another main concern raised at the high-level meeting, as United Nations representatives pointed to reports of increased activity of organized crime syndicates and human traffickers in the region. The TPP's demise leaves an alternative pact as the main avenue for boosting trade among the fast-growing economies. China is a part of that negotiation, while the USA isn't.

The 30th ASEAN Summit and Related Meetings will be held in Manila from April 26 to 29 this year.

Pence's first engagement in Indonesia was morning tea with Jokowi at the presidential palace.

"Our relationship without a doubt has benefitted both ASEAN and America - diplomatically, economically, and from the standpoint of national security", Pence said, according to a White House transcript. Its ambassador visited the U.S. Military Academy at West Point this month. "So they went to Bohol, I did go also and we had a brief meeting", Paynor said.

"Instead of helping us, the first to criticise is this State Department, so you can go to hell, Mr. Obama, you can go to hell", Duterte said during a speech a year ago.

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