Published: Tue, November 14, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

PM Modi holds talks with Japan, Australia and Vietnam counterparts — ASEAN Summit

PM Modi holds talks with Japan, Australia and Vietnam counterparts — ASEAN Summit

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

"The show last night, the talent at that show - I assume mostly from the Philippines - was fantastic".

The show featured some of the country's best performing artists for the gala celebration marking the 50th anniversary of the 10-nation bloc.

Both leaders have publicly praised the other and appear to have a good relationship, with some Filipinos even calling Duterte the "Filipino Trump".

Duterte cursed Trump's predecessor, Barack Obama, a year ago for raising concerns about the war on drugs and he subsequently declared that he was breaking with the United States, a close ally of the Philippines since World War Two.

Human Rights Watch said that even children are being targeted and described the issue as a "new level of depravity". Duterte then called the reporters "spies", which made Trump laugh.

"We've explained that the United States is open for trade but we want reciprocal, we want fair trade for the United States", he said.

Trump's comments came shortly before he took off for the Philippines, the final stop of his five-country Asia trip.

"Whoa, whoa", Duterte said, according to a report from the White House press pool. French President Emmanuel Macron's knuckles famously turned white after he shook Trump's hand at the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit in May and in July the pair had a lengthy 25-second handshake as they marked the end of Trump's trip to France.

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