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Trump touts his dealmaking skills as solution to South China Sea dispute

Trump touts his dealmaking skills as solution to South China Sea dispute

But Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte, host of two days of summit meetings that will bring together Southeast Asian and East Asian nations, said the thorny issue was better left untouched. "I am a very good mediator", Trump told Vietnamese President Tran Dai Quang earlier on Sunday.

"I can help mediate and arbitrate".

Beijing's sweeping claims also overlap with those of the Philippines, Malaysia, Brunei, and Taiwan.

"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.

With China's controversial military buildup likely to be a major issue at the ASEAN summit, Premier Li Keqiang today clearly reiterated Beijing's long- held position that it wants to bilaterally resolve its disputes with its neighbours over the South China Sea.

Contempt for China runs deep in Vietnam, a country that was colonized by China for almost 1,000 years.

At the last ASEAN foreign ministers meeting, the U.S. and Australia were lobbying on the sidelines of ASEAN in support of Vietnam, calling for the code to be legally binding.

The South China Sea dispute will be one of the major issues at the East Asia Summit in The Philippines this week.

The controversial issue was also understood to have figured in a meeting of officials from India, the US, Japan, and Australia under the proposed Quadrilateral coalition of the four countries.

The US conducts freedom of navigation exercises through the South China Sea.

Beijing has also ignored a landmark ruling previous year by the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague, which said there was no legal basis for China's maritime claims.

Since Trump took office, priorities in the region lie elsewhere, with USA focus largely on containing the North Korean threat. "I never, never, never ordered any single policeman in this country to say, just kill them without any reason".

McGovern and Hultgren co-chair the US Congress Human Rights Commission, with McGovern saying he would lead a protest once Duterte visits the White House. The previous day Trump appeared to temper his often fiery rhetoric toward North Korea, instead calling for it to "make a deal" on its nuclear and ballistic missile programs.

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 global law, including the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea".

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