Trump lands in Philippines, final stop in Asia

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Trump also famously shook Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's hand for 19 seconds during an official meeting and held hands with British Prime Minister Theresa May as they walked along the colonnade of the White House.

Donald Trump's handshake is now well-known as one of the United States president's signature power plays, but in the Philippines he was left perplexed when forced to use both hands during the pageantry of a photocall.

The India-ASEAN Commemorative Summit, as the event is officially known, is an worldwide trade meet in which India holds dialogue with the ASEAN nations to celebrate New Delhi's diplomatic relations with these countries.


Without giving much details, External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said the two leaders held a "wide ranging and engaging" discussion on "intensifying" Special Strategic and Global Partnership between the two countries. The leaders also discussed security and counter-terrorism issues.

"This is a tremendous concern to Canada and to many, many countries around the world", he said. "This is the bilateral meeting".

PM Narendra Modi meets Vietnam's PM Nguyễn Xuân Phúc in Manila.


Trade and concern about possible protectionism under Trump's "America First" agenda have come up during his regional visit, which has included stops in Japan, South Korea, China, Vietnam and the Philippines. "And the ASEAN conference has been handled beautifully by the president in the Philippines". India has been supporting freedom of navigation and access to resources in the South China Sea in accordance with principles of global law, including the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea.

In a meeting Monday, Trump praised Duterte's hospitality and said nothing about human rights, including the thousands killed in the country's blood drug crackdown. "Our extensive talks will broaden bilateral ties between our nations", he said in another tweet.

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