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Obama leaves China, travels to Laos

Monday, September 05, 2016 - 00:50

After attending his last G20 meeting in China, Obama heads to Laos where he may meet his Filipino counterpart amid controversy. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: U.S. President Barack Obama departs China after attending the G20 to travel to Laos, Monday (September 5). Obama shook hands with dignitaries before stepping into the plane. The U.S. president said he was considering whether or not to meet his Filipino counterpart, Rodrigo Duterte, as planned, amid alarm over the latter's campaign against illegal drugs in which thousands of people have died. Earlier in the day, the plain-talking Duterte had told reporters he would swear at Obama if he tried to question him about extrajudicial killings, using a Filipino phrase for "son of a bitch" to describe the U.S. president. Speaking at a G20 meeting in China, and before traveling to Laos for a summit where he was due to hold talks with Duterte, Obama said he had asked his team to find out if "constructive, productive conversations" were possible. "Obviously the Filipino people are some of our closest friends and allies and the Philippines is a treaty ally of ours. But I always want to make sure that if I'm having a meeting that it's actually productive and we're getting something done," he told reporters in the eastern Chinese city of Hangzhou.

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Obama leaves China, travels to Laos

Monday, September 05, 2016 - 00:50