Summit Leadership – ASEAN Opening Ceremony (Video)…

The opening ceremony of the ASEAN summit is always a little goofy with the cross-handed handshake and group photograph:

The bilateral one-on-one meetings between the leaders, and upper tier delegations, of nations are where the consequential stuff happens.  Most of the rest of the summits are relationship building, networking and information for public broadcast.


10:15am / 9:15pm THE PRESIDENT participates in a bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Malcom Turnbull of Australia – Sofitel Philippine Plaza, Manila, Philippines. [Duration 1 hr]

11:50am / 10:50pm THE PRESIDENT participates in a bilateral meeting with President Rodrigo Duterte of the Philippines – Philippine International Convention Center, Manila, Philippines (Host of ASEAN) [Duration 1 hr]

12:55pm / 11:55pm THE PRESIDENT attends the 5th U.S.-ASEAN Summit – Philippine International Convention Center, Manila, Philippines.

3:30pm / 2:30pm THE PRESIDENT participates in a bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India – Sofitel Philippine Plaza, Manila, Philippines.

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65 Responses to Summit Leadership – ASEAN Opening Ceremony (Video)…

  1. A2 says:

    Well the “Quad” met (US, Japan, India and Australia) first time since 2007 (because of Chinese objections and Zero caving) in Manila
    Here are the readouts:

    Mouthpiece in Beijing had this to say:

    “Many in Beijing believe Trump will be an unreliable partner for India. “I see nothing coming from Trump’s Indo-Pacific strategy,” says leading strategist Shen Dingli. “The Indo-Pacific has always been free and open. Oceans can’t be divided. China is an Indian Ocean player, and the Indian Ocean doesn’t belong to anyone-to China, India or the US. Obama’s work will be undone by Trump, and all Trump is doing will be undone by his successor. By wasting American time, energy and resources, they are successfully bringing China to the top of the world.”

    Having a laugh at Mr Shen.

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    • Carrie2 says:

      A2, China has to sound offended as well as illogical because they know India has progressed a lot over the past few decades. Yes, we are changing from the Obama garbage, Shen, and moving on to protecting America just as you are protecting China. Frankly, Xi is far better in understanding and working with America, while you rant and rave. Many Asian countries today are at the point of good to great industries, so a lot of competition between them and us. Wake up and smell the green tea, Shen, because you are now on a moving ship!

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      • A2 says:

        Carrie2, I agree with your assessment. The sticking point for me is that what Shen is saying, or revealing, is a commonly understood position in the CCP. Chairman Xi has risen to his ‘core’ position precisely because he has used his proxies to take out his opposition. He can be Xi dada eating steamed buns whilst he watches his opposition fall to his ‘anti-corruption’ campaign. Notice no mention of what I posted before, his own family connections exposed by the Panama and Paradise papers. Hmmm.

        As per practice in the CCP, at the 19th Party Congress what was commented on is that Chairman XI did not move up a party approved successor as was standard procedure in the past. This indicates he is expected to rule, like Mao and Deng beyond his legally defined term limits. This is indicated by Shen’s comment that American presidents come and go, but China can wait it out.

        President Trump has sincerely offered friendship and by public statements has commented on the ‘warm relationship’ he has with President Xi. That is what clouds peoples’s perceptions of the relationship. As I see it, President Trump is , as always, direct and sincere in his statements , but never is uninformed, nor fooled by what needs to change in that relationship. Pres Xi, has really never said anything comparable to Pres. Trump’s obvious giving of face. The whole China “plus’ state visit was to impress the US, therefore the world, it was only a state reciprocity of friendship and a stage-managed event. I will state it here and get criticized and called names, but there is no ‘friendship’ as we understand it coming from China.

        Chairman Xi (his correct title) is the author of the Belt and Road Initiative, and the militarization of their island building efforts. This is the problematic and security threat to ASEAN nations. These are the stakes geopolitically in the longterm.

        NK is, because of President Trump, now recognized as an unacceptable and deadly threat to the world thus, getting the world’s leaders to condemn them (quite an accomplishment). As the President has said over and over China needs to do more (and Russia that is taking up the slack in supporting Kim to give Beijing breathing room in exchange for concessions on their Eurasian trade scheme) because they control that outcome.

        This is why APEC and ASEAN is so important. Getting the little guys to see they do not need to cave to China’s financial and strategic power, and getting the big guys, like Japan, India and Australia, backed by US security guarantees to give them room to make informed choices.

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    • wheatietoo says:

      I think our President hit a nerve, with his “you should do what is best for your country” statements to all those countries.

      China’s Belt & Road program could hit some snags if countries take that advice to heart, and turn down China’s fake ‘benevolence’ to come into their countries and take over their natural resources.

      And yeah, Shen’s comment is laughable.

      Liked by 9 people

    • fleporeblog says:

      I wrote this in the previous thread but after reading what this moron had to say, I will share it here because our President is over the target!

      The relationship with India 🇮🇳 truly allows us extreme leverage over China 🇨🇳. India 🇮🇳 is capable of producing products from start to finish. Unlike China 🇨🇳 who are not able to produce on their own. India 🇮🇳 also has a need for fuel. The potential is extraordinary because Iran 🇮🇷 is very dependent on India 🇮🇳 to purchase their fuel. I ultimately see our President and TREX creating and incredible triangle both economically and militarily between the three countries (India, Japan and the USA).

      China 🇨🇳 has a lot to loose if they don’t get this North Korea 🇰🇵 situation rectified sooner rather than later. Ivanka will be visiting India 🇮🇳 at the end of the month for a women’s conference. The symbolism of her being in Japan 🇯🇵 a few weeks ago coupled with her trip to India 🇮🇳 won’t be well received by the Chinese.

      Liked by 6 people

  2. wheatietoo says:

    Our President really stands out in that lineup, doesn’t he.
    He’s hard to miss.

    Rainbow Socks looked a little…awkward…didn’t he.

    Liked by 6 people

  3. Grandma Covfefe says:

    The Shrimp Club meets the President of the United States.

    Liked by 4 people

  4. Minnie says:


    That handshake photo cracks me up 😁

    That is all.

    Liked by 6 people

  5. Deborah @UnTamedInSD says:

    Pres Trump announces he’ll make big announcement on trade back at the White House on Wednesday.

    Liked by 7 people

  6. mot2grls says:

    Can’t wait to read the part of his schedule that says “the President boards Airforce 1 to return home”.

    Liked by 13 people

  7. WSB says:

    Now, TWIRL!!!!!! LOL!

    Liked by 2 people

  8. Pam says:

    Liked by 10 people

  9. scully7 says:

    It is being reported in Australia that the bi-lateral talks with our PM have been changed to include Japans Abe by request of POTUS at the last moment. I am trying to find the link for you

    Liked by 7 people

  10. fleporeblog says:

    President Duterte will always have a special place in my heart for calling Barry from Kenya 🇰🇪 “A Son of a Whore”!

    Liked by 12 people

  11. NewNonna!!! says:

    Haha! 🤣😂 Goofy, indeed.

    But our Lion is magnificent. 🦁

    All Glory, praise and thanks be to God. 🙏🏼

    Liked by 5 people

  12. maggiemoowho says:

    Would body armor make it more difficult to cross your arms like that? It looked like it hurt some.

    Liked by 4 people

  13. Bendix says:

    President Trump is getting good at the silly side of diplomacy. He puts on the shirt, he smiles, he gushes…
    What a quick study. He not only gets it down pat, he goes one better.
    “They” must hate him for that.

    Liked by 1 person

  14. ilovevictoriasbows says:

    The only takeaway for Canada was Trudy Trudeau manspreading @2:09. How uncouth!


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