Trump to visit Philippines, Vietnam in November for regional summits: Pence

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Donald Trump will attend a series of key summits in Asia in November, his vice president said on Thursday, adding it was a sign of America's "unwavering commitment" to the region.

The president's attendance at the meetings was "a sign, I hope to all, of our firm and unwavering commitment to build on the strong foundations that we already share", Pence said during a visit to Indonesia.

Ambassador Marciano Paynor, who serves as the Asean 2017 National Organising Council director-general for operations, said Trump had "indicated" his desire to attend the summit after his phone conversation with President Rodrigo Duterte last December.

Moreover, Trump would be gracing the event, European PPP Expertise Centre alias EPEC Summit scheduled to be held in Vietnam.

The 31st ASEAN Summit will be held from November 10-14 in Clark Field, Pampanga.

"Multilateral meetings of this sort, we usually expect 100 percent attendance".

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The former Davao city mayor has also stated his intention to foster better ties with China and Russian Federation, revamping the Philippine's foreign policy that has always been pro-Washington.

"The relationship between the United States and ASEAN is a strategic partnership".

On another matter, Mr. Duterte might visit South Korea, an ASEAN dialogue partner, in the "second half of this year" - according to the Korean newspaper Maeil Business News Korea which cited Korea Importers Association (KOIMA).

In terms of security preparations, Paynor said the government is beefing up security elements following the recent incident in Bohol where soldiers clashed with members of the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG).

This will be President Widodo's second time to visit the Philippines as head of his country.

But Mr. Bolivar on Wednesday said: "We can not announce that yet". "Many delegates will come", said Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) spokesman Robespierre Bolivar in a press briefing.

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