Friday, 17 November, 2017

PM Modi, Australia PM Turnbull hold bilateral meeting — ASEAN Summit

Protesters burn an effigy of U.S. President Donald Trump who is attending the Association of Southeast Asian Nations Summit and related meetings in Manila Philippines Philippine Protesters Burn Giant Paper Effigy of Trump in Manila REUTERS Erik De Castro
Wilma Wheeler | 15 November, 2017, 00:53

Human Rights Watch said that even children are being targeted and described the issue as a "new level of depravity". "Had a productive meeting with President Rodrigo Duterte".

Trump said his trip had resulted in at least $300 billion, possibly triple that figure, of deals being agreed.

Trump also visited Japan, South Korea and China.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi met his Australian counterpart Malcolm Turnbull on the sidelines of ASEAN Summit in Philippines' Manila on Tuesday.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern will tell the Philippine president there have been too many killings in his war against drugs.

His administration has said that those carrying out the killings have been acting in self defense, but many have condemned the extrajudicial slayings as a major human rights violation.

Duterte has been embroiled in controversies ever since he took the Philippines' presidential seat in June previous year.

Trump replied: "We've had a great relationship".

Over 600,000 Rohingya have fled to refugee camps in Bangladesh since military clearance operations were launched in response to attacks by Rohingya militants on August 25.

Some countries in the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), particularly Muslim-majority Malaysia, have voiced strong concern over the issue recently.

"Both sides committed to enhance their counterterrorism cooperation through conducting additional exercises, increasing information sharing, and addressing the drivers of conflict and extremism", the joint statement said.

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