MANILA—President Rodrigo Duterte returned to Manila early Tuesday after participating in the 3-day ASEAN Summit and Related Summits in Nonthaburi, Thailand.
During the event, he called for collective action to address the South China Sea dispute, transnational crimes, including trafficking of illicit drugs and terrorism, trade-related tensions, export of hazardous and toxic wastes and climate change, according to a Palace statement,
As country coordinator of the ASEAN-China Dialogue, Duterte hopes to conclude negotiations on a Code of Conduct (COC) on the South China Sea as soon as possible.
The 35th ASEAN Summit and Related Summits concluded with a pledge to further strengthen regional solidarity and cooperation to promote peace and stability in the region and forge stronger partnerships with dialogue partners.
This year’s summit, held under the chairmanship of Thailand, generated a total of 44 outcome documents, including the ASEAN joint statement on Climate Change and East Asia leaders’ statements on combating the spread of illegal drugs, on cooperation to combat transnational crime, and on partnership for sustainability.
The Philippines participated in all summit meetings, which include the 35th ASEAN Summit Plenary, 22nd ASEAN-China Summit, 16th ASEAN-India Summit, 10th ASEAN-UN Summit, 22nd ASEAN Plus Three Summit, 7th ASEAN-US Summit, Special Lunch on Sustainable Development, 14th East Asia Summit, 22nd ASEAN-Japan Summit and 3rd RCEP Summit.
On the sidelines of the summit, the President held a bilateral meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe where the Philippines-Japan Strategic Partnership was reaffirmed.—With a report from Vivienne Gulla, ABS-CBN News