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14 November 2017, 02:24 | Opal Carroll
The Latest: Trump lands in Philippines, final stop in Asia
He was closing a almost two-week trip through Japan, South Korea, China, Vietnam and the Philippines that included one-on-one meetings with the leaders of those nations during which he stressed trade. Analysts on the Korean Peninsula said Mr. Trump succeeded in lowering tensions while showing firm resolve in his demand to denuclearize North Korea.
Trump departed an economic conference in The Philippines at the end of the 12-day trip, the longest by a US president in 25 years, he described his efforts as "very fruitful".
On the final leg of the trip, Mr. Trump repeatedly praised Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, who has overseen a bloody drug war that has featured extrajudicial killings. He said there had been a "rather lengthy discussion of the Philippine war on drugs". He publicly advocated his "America first" policies, warning US trading partners that he was ready to take more protectionist steps in a bid to help American businesses and workers.
Earlier in the day, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau raised the plight of Rohingya refugees and extra-judicial killings in the Philippines at the summit, sensitive human rights issues skirted by nearly all the others.
Trump was meeting Monday with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and dining with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull ahead of the East Asia summit in Manila.
Trump says he'll have more to say about trade at the White House later this week.
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"It was red carpet like nobody, I think, has probably ever received", Trump said.
"Terrorism and violent extremism endanger the peace, stability and security of our region because these threats know no boundaries", Duterte said, who last month declared victory over Islamic State-inspired militants in the southern Philippine city of Marawi.
When the reporters asked Trump whether he would raise human rights at the meeting, Duterte replied with: "Whoa, whoa".
The two sides sealed four agreements and agreed to cooperate on counter-terror.
More than 3,900 people have been killed in a war on drugs that Mr Duterte declared when he took office past year.
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But critics warn the gesture has come to represent the brutalities of Duterte's drug war, which has claimed thousands of lives. Since he took office 16 months ago, police say they have killed 3,967 people in the crackdown.
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