Manila, Nov 13 (EFE). - The president of the United States, Donald Trump, bet today in Manila for the "reciprocity" in the commercial relations with Southeast Asia and claimed to have given "big steps" to reduce the deficit of his country with Asia.
Trump said he seeks "economic alliances on the basis of equity and reciprocity" with the Association of Nations of the Southeast Asia (ASEAN), after the bilateral meeting between the US and this bloc formed by Burma (Myanmar), Brunei, Cambodia, the Philippines, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.
"I am here to promote peace, promote security and work with you to achieve a truly free and open Indo-Pacific region, where we feel proud and have sovereign nations, "said the president during the bilateral.
Trump, who will close tomorrow in the Philippines an Asian tour that the past 12 days took him to Japan, South Korea, China and Vietnam, today advanced in another intervention some details on the progress made in trade.
"We took some big steps with respect to trade, much more great that anything that is known, in addition to about 300,000 million dollars in sales to several companies, including China, "he said about his trip.
The US president He said he will not announce until Wednesday, upon his return to Washington, the results of the trade negotiations of his fourth international tour and the first one in Asia.
The leader of The White House regretted that their country has a "deficit with almost all" East Asian countries and promised that "these deficits will be reduced very quickly and very substantial ".
Trump also met today with his Philippine counterpart, Rodrigo Duterte, and with the prime ministers of Australia and India, Malcolm Turnbull and Narendra Modi, respectively, with which he addressed issues related to trade and also security, specifically about North Korea's nuclear program.
The US president plans to participate tomorrow in Manila at the East Asia summit, a forum that in addition to ASEAN includes Russia, Australia, India and New Zealand, among others.