Trump offers to 'mediate' on South China Sea disputes

ANI | Updated: Nov 12, 2017 10:11 IST

Hanoi [Vietnam], November 12 (ANI): United States President Donald Trump has offered to serve as a mediator on the South China Sea territorial disputes, as he met with Vietnam President Tran Dai Quang at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in Hanoi.

Trump is telling President Tran Dai Quang he knows Vietnam has had a dispute with China over the strategic waterways.

He acknowledged China's position on the South China Sea, and said he knew Vietnam had a dispute with China over the strategic waterways, adding, "I am a very good mediator and a very good arbitrator and am willing to help," the local media reported.

Trump was speaking to Quang at the start of their meetings in Hanoi.

He also said North Korea "continues to be a problem" and that he was hopeful that Chinese President Xi Jinping would "be a tremendous help."

Trump added he hoped Russia would also "be a tremendous help."

He had visited Beijing last week and met Chinese President Xi Jinping. (ANI)