Duterte: Let’s get along
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)