Police used fire hoses to prevent protesters hitting the U.S. embassy in Manila on Sunday, only a few hours before the arrival of President Donald Trump in the Philippines for a regional summit and also the final leg of his Asia tour.
Carrying placards announcing "Dump Trump" and "Down with U.S. Imperialism", the left-wing protesters were blocked by police in riot gear with shields and batons, and then showered by jets of water in the fire engine.
"Trump is the leader of the imperialist administration in the US, said a student, Alexis Danday after the protesters were scattered. "We all know he's here to push for unfair treaties between the Philippines and the U.S."
Trump was expected to arrive in the Philippines at roughly 5 pm for meetings with leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) along with other East Asian nations, fresh off an Asia-Pacific summit and also bilateral visit in Vietnam.
In Hanoi Trump said he was prepared to mediate between claimants were Taiwan competition China and four ASEAN countries claims to the waterway.
"If I could help mediate or arbitrate, please allow me to know," Trump said in a meeting with Vietnam's president, Tran Dai Quang. "I'm a very good mediator and arbitrator."
In August, foreign ministers of SEA and China selected a negotiating platform for a code of conduct in the South China Sea, a move they hailed as progress.
The framework seeks to progress a 2002 Declaration of Conduct (DOC) of Parties in the South China Sea, which has largely been dismissed by claimant states, especially China, which has assembled seven artificial islands in contested waters, three of them equipped with runways, surface-to-air missiles, and radars.
The framework is going to be supported by China and the ten countries of ASEAN in Manila on Monday, a diplomat from one of the regional bloc's countries said.
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