ASEAN to dis­cuss SCS is­sue

Tempo - - News - (Ar­gyll Geducos)

The South China Sea is­sue is ex­pected to be dis­cussed dur­ing the 33rd As­so­ci­a­tion of South­east Asian Na­tions Sum­mit and re­lated sum­mits in Sin­ga­pore next week, the De­part­ment of For­eign Af­fairs said yes­ter­day.

DFA As­sis­tant Sec­re­tary Jun­ever Mahilum-West said the South China Sea will be one of the re­gional is­sues to be dis­cussed along with the Korean Penin­sula.

"As you know, the Philip­pines has as­sumed the co­or­di­na­tor­ship of the ASEAN-China di­a­logue part­ner­ship from this year un­til 2021, that's a pe­riod of three years. And we are quite sure that the South China Sea, as I've men­tioned be­fore, would be one of those re­gional de­vel­op­ments that would be taken up in the Sum­mit. As to the de­tail of the dis­cus­sions, I can­not say but for sure there's go­ing to be dis­cus­sion on the South China Sea," she said.

West also said that there is a pos­si­bil­ity that Duterte will meet Chi­nese Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping on the side­lines of the sum­mit given the size of the venue. Xi is ex­pected to visit the Philip­pines this month.

"Well, it's a very small place, the Sun­tec Con­fer­ence Cen­ter, so there's al­ways the pos­si­bil­ity. But any meet­ings would have to be, of course, pre­pared for be­fore­hand. So we'll just see. We'll just see," she said.

The 10 ASEAN lead­ers are ex­pected to meet China in three re­lated sum­mits, the ASEAN Plus China Sum­mit, the ASEAN Plus Three Sum­mit also with Ja­pan and South Korea, and the East Asia Sum­mit also with Aus­tralia, In­dia, Ja­pan, New Zealand, Repub­lic of Korea, Rus­sia, and the United States.

West said that US Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump will not at­tend the 33rd ASEAN Sum­mit un­like last year in Manila. She said Trump will be rep­re­sented by US Vice Pres­i­dent Mike Pence.

Rus­sia will be rep­re­sented by Pres­i­dent Vladimir Putin. Rus­sian Prime Min­is­ter Dmitri Medvedev at­tended the ASEAN sum­mit in Manila.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Philippines

© PressReader. All rights reserved.