U.S.’s Clinton asks Philippines to show respect after Obama insulting
The U.S. ties with the Philippines should be based on mutual respect, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton said on Tuesday, after Philippines’ Presedent Rodrigo Duterte insulted Obama.
Clinton is sure that Obama did right with canceling the meeting: "When the president of the Philippines insulted our president, it was appropriate in a very low-key way to say: sorry, no meeting." "We have a lot of ties between the United States and the Philippines. And I think it's very important that we have a relationship, but there has to be a certain level of respect that is expected on both sides,"
But still U.S. officials said they did not expect any serious deterioration of relations between two countries at a time of high tensions over China's extensive territorial claims in Asia.
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The meeting between Obama and Duterte in Laos was canceled because Philippine leader's rhetoric raised questions about the chances of productive talks, the U.S. State Department said."Words matter, and we want to see an atmosphere that is cordial and open to strong cooperation,"
State Department spokesman Mark Toner said.
The Philippines have immediately voiced regret for Duterte's comments after Obama canceled a formal meeting. Later the White House said Obama might speak with Duterte informally.