MANILA (Philippine Daily Inquirer/ANN) - While Asean is expected to come up with a code of conduct among parties with claims on the disputed South China Sea, President Rodrigo Duterte did not mention China and avoided using a contested term in his welcome address during the opening of the Asean Summit in Manila.
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte faced pushback on Saturday at a regional summit over his efforts to weaken Southeast Asian resistance to Chinese expansionism in the contested South China Sea, diplomats said.
Duterte was due to release a chairman’s statement at the end of the one-day Association of Southeast Asian (Asean) leaders meeting that ignored an international tribunal ruling rejecting China’s sweeping claims to the strategically vital waterway.
President Rodrigo Duterte’s partner Honeylet Avanceña (center) poses with spouses of Asean leaders in front of the iconic “Spoliarium” painting at the National Museum. JULLIANE LOVE DE JESUS/INQUIRER.net
President Rodrigo Duterte’s partner Cielito “Honeylet” Avanceña toured the spouses of Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) leaders at the National Museum on Saturday.
President Rodrigo Duterte on Saturday called on the Association of Southeast Asian Nation (Asean) leaders to respect each countries’ independence in the region and find their place in the international arena.
Duterte debuted as host of the Association of Southeast Asian Nation (Asean) summit here in Manila, the first test of his diplomacy as host.
Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak wants the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) to reduce nontariff barriers by at least half for the regional bloc to become the fourth-largest economy by 2050, a tall order that seeks to reverse the rising protectionism within the ten-member group.