Palace confirms Trump's visit to PH for Asean summit in November

Donald Trump to skip India in Asia tour but could meet PM Narendra Modi

"President Trump will definitely receive a very warm welcome in Manila", Cayetano said after the White House confirmed last Friday the United States chief executive's participation in the East Asian Summit.

Joined by his wife Melania, Trump will travel November 3-14. "I hope that you will give me the opportunity to welcome you and host you in India", Modi told Trump at the White House's Rose Garden in June.

Building on the momentum of the President in renewing ties with the US, Malacañang last Saturday confirmed the attendance of US President Donald J. Trump in the Asean and East Asian Summits.

North Korea has conducted six nuclear tests, the latest of which Pyongyang said would be exploded in the Pacific.

"The President will participate in a series of bilateral, multilateral, and cultural engagements - including the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations summit - demonstrating his continued commitment to the alliances and partnerships of the United States in the region", the White House said in a statement.

However, Cayetano requested the body to send only unbiased investigators and explained Manila's unwillingness to accept Special Rapporteur Agnes Callamard who, according to the statement, had already prejudged the human rights situation in the country and even referred to President Duterte as a murderer.

An Asian diplomat welcomed Trump's decision to visit Manila "because that reassures the region that Asia policy is not just about North Korea, it's about Southeast Asia as well".

Mr Trump said earlier this month that Mr Duterte had extended an invitation, but that he had not yet decided whether to accept.

This will be his first trip to Asia as a President.

He has denounced Kim as a "rocket man" on a suicide mission for test launches of ballistic missiles and for nuclear weapon tests. He has warned North Korea would face total devastation if it threatens the United States at the recently held UNGA. Kim has blasted Trump as "mentally deranged".

During a visit to Asean's Jakarta headquarters in April, Vice-President Mike Pence had promised allies - anxious about waning U.S. engagement in the region - that Mr Trump would attend the bloc's summit in Manila this November. Trump has applied heavy pressure on China to rein in North Korea.

At the same time, Trump's national security team is conducting a broad review of USA strategy toward China in search of ways to counter Chinese trade practices and open up market access, a senior administration official said.

There was no definite timetable for concluding the review. "Now, aside from these episodes of, I said, sad incidents, overall, I think the Americans also redeemed themselves a lot", the President added.

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