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Trump's Asian Visit

Duterte talks to Trump but leans to Xi

For the Philippines, the US's retreat leaves the way open to China's advance

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U.S. President Donald Trump speaks with President of the Philippines Rodrigo Duterte during the opening ceremony of the ASEAN Summit in Manila on Nov. 13.   © Reuters

In a remarkable departure from his often-rambunctious rhetoric, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte hosted this week's summit of Asian and global leaders in a surprisingly statesmanlike fashion.

Even the showpiece of the gathering -- a convivial hobnob and constructive discussion between with U.S. President Donald Trump -- passed off without the two tough-talking leaders resorting to any of their familiar unpredictable behavior or belligerent rhetoric.

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