Trump attempts the “ASEAN way” handshake.
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Leaders of Asian nations meeting in Manila Monday skirted around the mass exodus of Rohingya Muslims triggered by Myanmar's military crackdown, disappointing human rights groups who were hoping for a tough stand on the humanitarian crisis. There was no pressure either from U.S. President Donald Trump over the Philippines' bloody war on drugs during a meeting on the sidelines of the summit with President Rodrigo Duterte.The statement was drawn up by the Philippines, current chair of the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations, which includes Myanmar. It did not use the term Rohingya for the persecuted Muslim minority, which Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi has asked foreign leaders to avoid. Duterte suggested ahead of the summit that, despite their differences, the leaders should not discuss the South China Sea.More than 3,900 people have been killed in the war on drugs that Duterte declared when he took office last year.Trump was criticized earlier this year after he praised Duterte during a phone call for the "great job" he was doing to counter illegal narcotics.
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