Du30 headed to Sin­ga­pore for 33rd ASEAN Sum­mit

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Pres­i­dent Duterte will dis­cuss sev­eral re­gional is­sues when he at­tends the 33rd As­so­ci­a­tion of South­east Asian Na­tions Sum­mit and re­lated sum­mits next week in Sin­ga­pore.

De­part­ment of For­eign Af­fairs As­sis­tant Sec­re­tary Jun­ever Mahilum-West said Duterte is ex­pected to dis­cuss sev­eral key is­sues that af­fect the South­east Asian re­gion dur­ing the three-day sum­mit.

"The is­sues that are very im­por­tant to us: Mi­cro, small, and medium en­ter­prises; in­fra­struc­ture de­vel­op­ment be­cause of our 'Build, Build, Build' pro­gram; eco­nomic in­te­gra­tion, eco­nomic build­ing, and eco­nomic com­mu­nity, and eco­nomic co­op­er­a­tion; con­nec­tiv­ity," West said.

"'Yung mga non-tra­di­tional is­sues like coun­ter­ing ter­ror­ism, vi­o­lent ex­trem­ism, com­bat­ing il­licit drugs, and traf­fick­ing in per­sons. We would also be very in­ter­ested in women and youth de­vel­op­ment, dis­as­ter man­age­ment, cli­mate change, and peo­ple-to-peo­ple ex­changes," she added.

West said the 10 ASEAN lead­ers will hold their own meet­ings. Aside from that, they will also have sum­mits with lead­ers from di­a­logue part­ners in the for­mat of the Plus One Sum­mit, ASEAN Plus Three, and the East Asia Sum­mit.

"They're go­ing to meet in­di­vid­u­ally with Aus­tralia, China, In­dia, Ja­pan, Repub­lic of Korea, Rus­sia, and the United States," she said. "At the ASEAN Plus Three Sum­mit, that means ASEAN 10 with the lead­ers of China, Ja­pan, and the Repub­lic of Korea. And in the East Asia Sum­mit, which in­cludes Aus­tralia, China, In­dia, Ja­pan, New Zealand, Repub­lic of Korea, Rus­sia, and the United States," she added.

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