Duterte: Let’s get along

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MANILA – Lead­ers from across Asia joined United States Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump at an ex­trav­a­gant gala din­ner in the Philip­pines’ cap­i­tal yes­ter­day, a show of amity in a re­gion fraught with ten­sions that have lurked be­hind his marathon tour of the con­ti­nent.

Philip­pines Pres­i­dent Ro­drigo Duterte set the tone of cor­dial­ity ahead of the two days of sum­mit meet­ings he will host, sug­gest­ing that de­spite their dif­fer­ences over claims to the South China Sea, the lead­ers should not dis­cuss the is­sue.

“We have to be friends, the other hot­heads would like us to con­front China and the rest of the world on so many is­sues,” Duterte said at a busi­ness con­fer­ence.

“The South China Sea is bet­ter left un­touched, no­body can af­ford to go to war. It can ill-af­ford a vi­o­lent con­fronta­tion.” (Reuters)

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