Woody Allen said, “eighty percent of success is showing up.” US President Joe Biden’s absence at the Asean Summit is a big demerit on his watch. Somebody should have reminded him that the bloc, with a gross domestic product of more than $2.9 trillion and a population of 647 million people, is collectively the fourth-largest trading partner of the US.
The Philippine General Minerals Project Inc. (PGMPI) has announced it is ready to undertake mining operations for the sustainable extraction of critical minerals and rare earth elements, after almost three years of research and development in the rehabilitation of mining areas.
The Association of Southeast Asian Nations and China agreed in 2002 to work towards creating a Code of Conduct intended to reduce the risk of conflict in the South China Sea (SCS). The parties recognized the importance of a COC in the disputed waterway, where China’s expansive maritime and territorial claims clash with those of four Asean member states: Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines and Vietnam.
Before and during the 30th summit of the Asean last Saturday, pressures were aplenty. The objective: To include in or exclude from both the Chairman’s statement and the Summit Declaration statements taking China to task for its actions in the South China Sea.
Even before the delegates and participating business leaders of the ongoing Asean Summit arrived in Manila, the chairman of the US-Asean Business Council warned his contemporaries about a worrisome trend in the insurance industry.
President Duterte’s statement to be delivered at the Asean Summit on Saturday is sure to disappoint a lot of people, although the tone is expected, based on his pivot to China. Probably opting for restraint and prudence, a copy of Duterte’s draft statement made no mention of the arbitral tribunal ruling on the South China Sea dispute between Manila and Beijing.
CEBU CITY—The provinces of Cebu and Bohol in the Visayas will host some of the 31st Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) summit meetings from April 3 to 22.
IN the midst of recent developments in America, Russia and China in relation to the country’s economy, it would be interesting to witness how the Asean Summit would unfold this year. The Philippines holds the chairmanship for 2017. Former Ambassador and Foreign Affairs Undersecretary Lauro Baja Jr. said the chairmanship is an opportunity for the Philippines to highlight its own issues, including the war on drugs, terrorism and the South China Sea dispute. The latter is a growing concern among Asean leaders, as they have been calling for a peaceful resolution to the disputes.
DAVAO CITY—Authorities here firmed up the security blanket for two international events next week, as they appealed to residents to help through vigilance in their communities.