Trump offers to 'mediate' in sea dispute

Pauline Gross
November 13, 2017

In Vietnam earlier on Sunday, Trump said he was prepared to mediate in the dispute over the South China Sea, where four Southeast Asian countries and Taiwan contest China's sweeping claims to the busy waterway.

Protesters shout slogans holding portraits of U.S. President Donald Trump and Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte during a rally near the U.S. Embassy in Manila, Nov. 10, 2017.

It is also the host of the 31st Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit, which is set to welcome Trump and other world leaders.

China and Vietnam have been in dispute over Chinese island building in the South China Sea, and Vietnam's sudden halt to gas exploration in July after a Chinese threat. "It can ill-afford a violent confrontation".

At a joint statement with the two leaders in Beijing, Xi told Trump the Pacific Ocean was "big enough to accommodate both China and the United States".

"As the American people and peoples of the world condemned US president Trump for its war-mongering and outright repression in the US, Duterte is inevitable to follow, as the number of poor Filipinos fed up of his empty promises and pointless rhetorics, are mounting, it is a matter of time for him to follow the footsteps of his idol dictator and ousted Ferdinand Marcos", Casilao said.

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In a joint news conference, Quang said he had "shared my thoughts with (Trump) on the recent developments in this area and it is our policy to settle disputes in the South China Sea through peaceful negotiations, and with respect for diplomatic and legal process in accordance with worldwide law, including the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea". "Stabbing. That was when I was 16 years old, just because we just looked at each other", he said. "We know he is here to push for unfair treaties between the Philippines and the U.S".

In a speech in Vietnam, Trump said he could no longer tolerate chronic trade abuses and would insist on fair and equal policies.

Trump is in Vietnam for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit as part of his 5-nation, 12-day Asia tour.

China claims sovereignty over all of South China Sea, a huge source of hydrocarbons.

India has been supporting freedom of navigation and access to resources in the South China Sea in accordance with principles of worldwide law, including the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea.

"China is to work with ASEAN countries to maintain peace and stability, as well as development and prosperity in the South China Sea region", Xi Jinping said at the leaders' meeting on Sunday.

Other reports by GizPress

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