President Barack Obama cancels meeting with Philippines President Duterte after insult


VIENTIANE: President Barack Obama has taken decision not to met Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte as he had insulted him, a White House spokesman said on Tuesday.

Rodrigo Duterte described Obama as “Son of a b@#$%" on Monday in his campaign against illegal drugs through which thousands of people died. He took this step just a day before the planned meeting in Laos.

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Obama found out about the affront as he rose up out of the Group of 20 summit in Hangzhou+ , China. At a news gathering, he said he had advised his assistants to talk with Philippine authorities "to discover is this, indeed, a period where we can have some helpful, beneficial discussions," leaving little uncertainty that the meeting would continue as arranged.

"I always want to make sure that if I'm having a meeting, that it's actually productive and we're getting something done," Obama told reporters.

Rather, Obama now wants to meet later on Tuesday with South Korean President Park Geun-hye, said Ned Price, representative for the White House National Security Council — a meeting where the reaction to North Korea's most recent rocket tests is required to be on the plan.

Obama touched base in Vientiane just before midnight on Monday, for the primary visit by a sitting US president to Laos, where he needs to start to address the legacy of US besieging amid the Vietnam War.

He was set to give a location on the significance he has put on Southeast Asia in his outside and monetary strategy amid his two terms in office, which will end on January 20, setting the phase for three days of gatherings with local pioneers.

The White House had said Obama did not plan to pull any punches on his worries about human rights manhandle in the Philippines, its settlement associate, when meeting Duterte.

Duterte won the administration in May as he guaranteed to stifle wrongdoing and wipe out medications and street pharmacists, and an influx of extrajudicial killings has taken after.

Duterte said it would be "discourteous" for Obama to raise the human rights issue, and told correspondents such a discussion would provoke him to revile at Obama, utilizing a Filipino expression for "child of a b@#$%."

"Bounty will be slaughtered until the last pusher is out of the boulevards. Until the (last) sedate maker is slaughtered we will proceed with," he said.

It's not the first run through Duterte has reviled at a world pioneer. He called Pope Francis a "child of a w@#$%" in May, and called US diplomat Philip Goldberg a "gay child of a w@#$%."

On Monday, Obama said he perceived the significance of battling the medication exchange, however demanded it must be done under the tenet of law.

ASEAN Summit

The strangely open strains debilitate to dominate the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and East Asia Summits in Laos from Tuesday to Thursday.

The 10-part ASEAN will meet pioneers of other territorial forces: China, Japan, South Korea, Australia, India, Russia and the United States.

The Philippines has been a key US partner in its question with China over the South China Sea, in which Washington censures Beijing for mobilizing a crucial worldwide exchange course and risking opportunity of development adrift and noticeable all around.

China rejects those allegations, and thus accuses the United States for tightening up strains superfluously. China guarantees the greater part of the South China Sea, through which more than $5 trillion of exchange moves every year. Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, Taiwan and Vietnam have rival claims.

An intervention court in The Hague in July nullified China's tremendous regional cases to the conduit after a case was brought by the Philippines, a decision that Beijing declines to perceive.

Duterte said a month ago he anticipated that all ASEAN individuals would bolster the mediation court's decision, however that the Philippines would not bring the issue up in Laos.

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