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President Donald Trump is winding down his lengthy Asia trip with an international summit and a series of meetings with Pacific Rim allies, including his host in the Philippines who is overseeing a bloody drug war.
Trump jointly met Monday with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, with whom he had a contentious phone call last winter, and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who hosted the president in Tokyo earlier in the trip. Trump raved about his accomplishments on his five-nation journey, including on trade and North Korea, but said he would wait until his return to Washington on Wednesday to elaborate with a “major statement,” Fox News reported.
“Except us,” Turnbull chimed in, to laughs.
“You’re the only one,” Trump responded. Trump also the trip had been “very fruitful” for the United States and pointed to the warm welcomes he had received in capitals like Tokyo, Seoul and Beijing.
“It was red carpet like nobody, I think, has probably ever received,” Trump said. “And that really is a sign of respect, perhaps for me a little, but really for our county. And I’m really proud of that.”
The opening ceremonies of the Association for Southeast Asian Nations conference began with pageantry, including a group photo of the leaders and the summit’s traditional handshake. That cross-body handshake, during which each leader shakes the opposite hands of those next to him or her, briefly baffled Trump, who then laughed as he figured out where to place his arms.
One of the leaders on his flank: Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, who has overseen a bloody drug war that has featured extrajudicial killings. The two men held longer, formal talks on Monday and White House aides signaled that Trump was not expected to publicly bring up human rights in their discussions.
During brief remarks to reporters, Trump said he and Duterte have “had a great relationship” but avoided questions on whether he’d raise human rights issues. The White House said the two leaders discussed the Islamic State, illegal drugs and trade during the 40 minute meeting. Spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said human rights came up “briefly” in the context of the Philippines’ fight against illegal drugs.
We all know that China is North korea’s big brother and China’s actions do not back their words. That should not come as a surprise however, China has always used the art of deception.
Truth is, China does not like America and it is ludicrous to think that China will ever side with the U.S. and to force North Korea to turn over their ICBM’s and nuclear warheads.
China is furious that the U.S. has intervened in the South China Sea and that issue is ongoing to do this day. Plus, China has created a scenario where the U.S. Petro dollar can be replaced by the Chinese Yuan, added to the IMF’s special drawing rights (SDRs) pool of reserve currencies.
At present, that pool consists only of the U.S. dollar, the euro, the Japanese yen and the British pound.
China is also heading up the new alternative to the World Bank and IMF, known at the New Development Bank, which is part of the BRICS system and is run out of Shanghai.
Finally, on top of all of this, China has created the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), which competes with the predominantly U.S.-controlled financial institutions and focuses on the Asia-Pacific region. As of this week, the UK and Australia have joined the AIIB, much to the disapproval of the U.S. government. France, Germany and Italy are set to follow.
Huny Badger is a Veteran who served our country as an Army Combat Medic.
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