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Obama's Duterte snub seen as 'missed opportunity'

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>> Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte scrambling to defuse an ugly fight he picked with the US. Expressing regret for calling President Obama a son of a whore, prompting the US to scrap a bilateral meeting David Brunstrom is on the story.>> I think it's a little bit too early to say exactly how this is gonna play out.
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But it is a highly unusual step for the President of the United States to cancel a meeting, especially with a treaty ally I think this is being looked upon really as quite a missed opportunity. This particular meeting would have been Obama's first with President Duterte comes at a time of particularly high tensions over the South China Sea.
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And the Philippines really has been central to that issue.>> The rare public quarrel erupting over Duterte's concerns that Obama would quote, lecture him on over 2,000 extrajudicial killings in the Philippines since he took office vowing a war on drug trafficking. The Philippines government said in his statement, he regrets that his remarks to the press have cost much controversy.
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>> They give us Philippine a line is important to both sides. The Philippines relies to a very large extent on US security guarantee.>> A US spokesman traveling with Obama saying, quote, words matter, and we want to see an atmosphere that is cordial and open to strong cooperation.
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The tiff between the two leaders overshadowing the summit of ASEAN, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, where Obama was hoping to form a united front with his Asian partners to counter the rising influence of China.