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ASEAN | Philippines' Duterte calls for peaceful co-existence within APT

World2017-11-14

By APD writer Melo M. Acuna MANILA, Nov. 14 (APD) - Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte called on his fellow ASEAN leaders and three dialogue partners to continue working together after two decades of cooperation flourished steadily with the support from external partners, China, Japan and South Korea. “We owe a great measure of our success to our common bond and vision,” President Duterte said in his opening remarks earlier today at the ASEAN Plus Three Commemorative Summit at the Philippine International Convention Center. He also welcomed the latest addition to the dialogue partners in the person of South Korean President Moon Jae-in. Chinese Premier Li Keqiang said the ASEAN Plus Three (APT) Cooperation emerged when Asian countries jointly responded to the financial crisis in South East Asia which marked its 20th anniversary this year. Chinese Premier Li Keqiang He said today the world economy is showing good momentum as global trade and investments continue to increase. “China-Japan and China-Republic of Korea relations are seeing signs of improvement as all these have presented new opportunities for APT Cooperation,” the Chinese premier said. However, he admitted the community still sees a “mixed picture of world economic recovery.” He added both globalization and protectionism are on the rise. He said regional issues are emerging and “these have presented challenges to us.” Premier Li expressed optimism a consensus could be built and send a positive signal that “we firmly support regional integration and advance East Asia Economic Community or EAEC to benefit the people and the country in the region.” Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe agreed the APT was established as a result of the 1997 Asian Currency Crisis and out of this, the scope of cooperation grew and included food security, energy, environment and health among others “I welcome the fact that this year, the Manila Declaration on the 20th anniversary of ther APT Cooperation was agreed and at the Foreign Ministers’ Meeting in August, the APT Cooperation Work Plan 2018 to 2022 was adopted,” Prime Minister Abe said. He added with the rise of protectionism and inward-looking orientation in the world, for predictability of the region’s and the world’s economy as well as mitigate vulnerabilities, he said the significance of financial cooperation between ASEAN Plus Three has become increasingly greater. Prime Minister Abe said it is important to strengthen the functions of the Chiang Mai Initiative and the ASEAN Plus Three Macro Economic Research Office. He added a practical cooperation on food security is underway with the adoption of the statement on APT Cooperation on Food Security as proposed by China “is of significance in this year of the 20th Anniversary.” He committed his country would supply rice to Laos and Maynmar through the APT emergency rice reserve agreement. He called on ASEAN and two other dialogue partners to lift input controls on Japanese food stuff based on scientific grounds as six years already passed since what he described as Great Eastern Japan earthquake. Meanwhile, South Korean President Moon Jae-In said the Asian Financial Crisis brought ASEAN and three other countries for the joint cooperation “which prompted as a result of solidarity and coopertion from the depths of the crisis.” “ASEAN, Korea, Japan and China, the 13 countries have grown into economies that account for more than 30 percent of the global economy,” President Moon said. He added the “collective experience of overcoming the crisis” remains a valuable heritage to everyone. President Moon added a new level is needed to realize cooperative mechanism that provides protection and care to the lives of the member countries. “Let us create a vision for the East Asian community of peace, prosperity and progress,” he further said as he called on dialogue partners to overcome complex challenges including “potectionist and sel-cetered approaches, aging and climate change.” (ASIA PACIFIC DAILY)

By APD writer Melo M. Acuna

MANILA, Nov. 14 (APD) - Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte called on his fellow ASEAN leaders and three dialogue partners to continue working together after two decades of cooperation flourished steadily with the support from external partners, China, Japan and South Korea.

“We owe a great measure of our success to our common bond and vision,” President Duterte said in his opening remarks earlier today at the ASEAN Plus Three Commemorative Summit at the Philippine International Convention Center.

He also welcomed the latest addition to the dialogue partners in the person of South Korean President Moon Jae-in.

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang said the ASEAN Plus Three (APT) Cooperation emerged when Asian countries jointly responded to the financial crisis in South East Asia which marked its 20th anniversary this year.

 Chinese Premier Li Keqiang

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang

He said today the world economy is showing good momentum as global trade and investments continue to increase.

“China-Japan and China-Republic of Korea relations are seeing signs of improvement as all these have presented new opportunities for APT Cooperation,” the Chinese premier said.

However, he admitted the community still sees a “mixed picture of world economic recovery.” He added both globalization and protectionism are on the rise.

He said regional issues are emerging and “these have presented challenges to us.”

Premier Li expressed optimism a consensus could be built and send a positive signal that “we firmly support regional integration and advance East Asia Economic Community or EAEC to benefit the people and the country in the region.”

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe agreed the APT was established as a result of the 1997 Asian Currency Crisis and out of this, the scope of cooperation grew and included food security, energy, environment and health among others

“I welcome the fact that this year, the Manila Declaration on the 20th anniversary of ther APT Cooperation was agreed and at the Foreign Ministers’ Meeting in August, the APT Cooperation Work Plan 2018 to 2022 was adopted,” Prime Minister Abe said.

He added with the rise of protectionism and inward-looking orientation in the world, for predictability of the region’s and the world’s economy as well as mitigate vulnerabilities, he said the significance of financial cooperation between ASEAN Plus Three has become increasingly greater.

Prime Minister Abe said it is important to strengthen the functions of the Chiang Mai Initiative and the ASEAN Plus Three Macro Economic Research Office.

He added a practical cooperation on food security is underway with the adoption of the statement on APT Cooperation on Food Security as proposed by China “is of significance in this year of the 20th Anniversary.”

He committed his country would supply rice to Laos and Maynmar through the APT emergency rice reserve agreement.

He called on ASEAN and two other dialogue partners to lift input controls on Japanese food stuff based on scientific grounds as six years already passed since what he described as Great Eastern Japan earthquake.

Meanwhile, South Korean President Moon Jae-In said the Asian Financial Crisis brought ASEAN and three other countries for the joint cooperation “which prompted as a result of solidarity and coopertion from the depths of the crisis.”

“ASEAN, Korea, Japan and China, the 13 countries have grown into economies that account for more than 30 percent of the global economy,” President Moon said.

He added the “collective experience of overcoming the crisis” remains a valuable heritage to everyone.

President Moon added a new level is needed to realize cooperative mechanism that provides protection and care to the lives of the member countries.

“Let us create a vision for the East Asian community of peace, prosperity and progress,” he further said as he called on dialogue partners to overcome complex challenges including “potectionist and sel-cetered approaches, aging and climate change.”

(ASIA PACIFIC DAILY)

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