RELIGION

Contrast in style as Duterte meets Myanmar's Suu Kyi

  • Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, left, shakes hands with Myanmar's State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi during their meeting at the Presidential Palace in Naypyitaw, Myanmar, Monday, March 20, 2017. Duterte arrived in Naypyitaw on Sunday at the invitation of Myanmar's President Htin Kyaw for an official visit to the Southeast Asian country. (AP Photo/Aung Shine Oo)

    Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, left, shakes hands with Myanmar's State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi during their meeting at the Presidential Palace in Naypyitaw, Myanmar, Monday, March 20, 2017. Duterte arrived in Naypyitaw on Sunday at the invitation of Myanmar's President Htin Kyaw for an official visit to the Southeast Asian country. (AP Photo/Aung Shine Oo)  (The Associated Press)

  • Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, left, talks with Myanmar's State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi during their meeting at the Presidential Palace in Naypyitaw, Myanmar, Monday, March 20, 2017. Duterte arrived in Naypyitaw on Sunday at the invitation of Myanmar's President Htin Kyaw for an official visit to the Southeast Asian country. (AP Photo/Aung Shine Oo)

    Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, left, talks with Myanmar's State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi during their meeting at the Presidential Palace in Naypyitaw, Myanmar, Monday, March 20, 2017. Duterte arrived in Naypyitaw on Sunday at the invitation of Myanmar's President Htin Kyaw for an official visit to the Southeast Asian country. (AP Photo/Aung Shine Oo)  (The Associated Press)

  • Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, left, talks with Myanmar's State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi during their meeting at the Presidential Palace in Naypyitaw, Myanmar, Monday, March 20, 2017. Duterte arrived in Naypyitaw on Sunday at the invitation of Myanmar's President Htin Kyaw for an official visit to the Southeast Asian country. (AP Photo/Aung Shine Oo)

    Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, left, talks with Myanmar's State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi during their meeting at the Presidential Palace in Naypyitaw, Myanmar, Monday, March 20, 2017. Duterte arrived in Naypyitaw on Sunday at the invitation of Myanmar's President Htin Kyaw for an official visit to the Southeast Asian country. (AP Photo/Aung Shine Oo)  (The Associated Press)

Regional politics makes for strange bedfellows, and at first glance, it is hard to imagine more of an odd couple than tempestuous Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte and his cerebral de facto Myanmar counterpart, State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi, who met Monday in Myanmar's capital, Naypyitaw.

The main purpose of Duterte's visit to Myanmar, which began Sunday, is to complete visits to nine fellow members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, or ASEAN.

While their meeting is said to have covered the usual pro forma talk about trade and investment, it had a tangible result when Duterte promised $300,000 in humanitarian aid for Myanmar's Rakhine state, where communal conflict has displaced more than 100,000 people, mostly Muslims, from their homes.