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East Asia Summit sends message to North Korea -- without Trump

15 November 2017

Meanwhile, Trump promised that there will be a "major statement" from the White House on Wednesday, possibly about trade and North Korea.

Speaking to reporters before a trilateral meeting with the Australian and Japanese leaders in Manila, the Philippines, Trump cited "a lot of big progress" on trade during his five-nation Asia trip that ends Tuesday.

South Korea says North Korean soldiers shot at and injured a fellow soldier who was crossing a border village to defect to the South.

He hinted at the announcement while he was at the ASEAN summit in Manila on Monday where he encountered controversial Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte several times.

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Duterte has come under fierce criticism from human rights groups for overseeing a violent drug war complete with extrajudicial killings. Annelise Riles, professor of far east legal studies and anthropology at Cornell University and the founder and director of policy innovation platform Meridian 180, says the trip marks an historic moment in the ongoing decline of US power in Asia.

Of course, not one to pass up an opportunity to pat himself on the back, Trump declared his tour of Asia "has been a very fruitful trip for us, and also in all fairness, for a lot of other nations".

The U.S. president did not respond.

He provided a copy of his prepared remarks to the White Hose reporters travelling with him aboard Air Force One on his way back home from Manila at the conclusion of his almost two-week trip to Asia, with stops in Japan, South Korea, China, Vietnam and the Philippines.

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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 seen", Trump told reporters. But Trump remains dogged by things he has said, and not said, about Russian Federation. "As now led by fine people, I believe very much in our intelligence agencies". He later said during a press briefing Sunday in Hanoi, Vietnam that he would be a "good thing" if he and Kim became friends.

"As ISIS loses ground in the battlefield, we must remain vigilant about the threat posed by returning foreign fighters and terrorist operatives within our borders, and seeking to cross our borders", he told the world leaders.

But swirling questions about Russian Federation followed Trump halfway across the globe.

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Trump was in the Philippines on Monday and remains dogged by things he has said, and has not said, about Russian Federation.

East Asia Summit sends message to North Korea -- without Trump