Mike Pence will stand in for President Donald Trump at several international gatherings this week in Asia, a region where the U.S. faces increasing doubts

China-backed trade deal on center stage at summit - The Manila Times Online

Asia-Pacific leaders will join the heads of Southeast Asian states this week in Singapore to renew calls for multilateralism and fresh pledges to resolve regional conflicts ranging from the Rohingya crisis in Myanmar to tensions in the South China Sea. Current top breaking Philippine headlines regarding the nation, world, metro manila, regions and exclusive special investigative reports.

China-backed trade deal that excludes the US at a summit this week, in a rebuke to rising protectionism and Donald Trump's "America First" agenda.

Asean in middle of a Putin pivot and America’s anti-China drive

External influences will pull Asean in different directions when it meets in Singapore Putin is pivoting to Asia and a US-led group is pushing an agenda based on containing China