China to build 'shared future' with 'good friend' ASEAN, Chinese premier says

Image US President Donald Trump and Vietnam's President Tran Dai Quang

Xi tells Duterte China will work to safeguard South China Sea peace

Meeting in Manila on Monday, the leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and China agreed to start negotiations for a proposed code of conduct on the South China Sea.

He said that he hoped Russian Federation would also "be a tremendous help". "I want to solve North Korea, Syria, Ukraine, terrorism, and Russian Federation can greatly help!"

The ministry had been condemning Trump's visit to South Korea, accusing the USA president of "reckless remarks" and warmongering on his trip to the peninsula. Addressing the Philippine leader by his first name, Trump thanked him for his "incredible hospitality" and a welcome dinner Sunday at which Filipino singers sang, and Duterte as well, after he was egged on by the American president.

Vietnam has lobbied ASEAN countries to take a tougher stand against China as the regional group negotiates a maritime code of conduct.

Nearly all of the South China Sea, one of the world's busiest waterways, is claimed by China.

China insists that the territorial issues should be handled directly between countries in the region.

"The two sides returned to the track of appropriately handling the South China Sea issue through dialogue and consultation, thus removing the stumbling block that has held back our bilateral relations for several years", Li said.

Leaders from China, the United States. and seven other nations are joining ASEAN at their annual summit.

The US president added that North Korea "continues to be a problem" and said he was hopeful that Chinese President Xi Jinping would "be a tremendous help".

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The Chinese premier, who will be here for the ASEAN and East Asia summits, said Beijing will actively explore joint development of the South China sea to make it a "sea of cooperation and friendship" for the benefit of the two countries.

The disputes are expected to get the spotlight at the summit, along with the North Korean nuclear threat and terrorism.

Duterte - sometimes described as the "Trump of the East" because of his brash style - said last week he would tell the USA president to "lay off" if he raised the issue of human rights when they met.

While China is frustrated with the intractable nuclear standoff, the United States focus on it does afford China "a lot of strategic opportunities", Harry Kazianis, director of Defense Studies at the Center for the National Interest told CNN ahead of Trump's Asia trip. China bridled against interference by outside countries.

While Trump may claim to want a closer relationship with Kim, only last week he told South Korea's parliament that the dictator has turned North Korea into "a hell that no person deserves".

China claims sovereignty over all of South China Sea, a huge source of hydrocarbons.

It's claims are based on its traditional "nine-dash line" - waters that extend hundreds of miles to the south and east of its island province of Hainan, abut its neighbors' claims and, in some cases, encroach upon them.

Despite a Hague ruling that invalidated China's sweeping claims in the disputed territory, Beijing has continued to build man-made islands capable of housing military-grade weapons systems in the contested waters.

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