Asean summit kicks off

Added On November 13, 2017

The 31st Summit of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and related meetings opened Monday in the Philippines' capital of Manila. 
Leaders from 10 ASEAN member countries and dialogue partners convened to discuss security, cooperation and regional integration.
The Philippines, ASEAN's rotating chair for 2017, set the theme of "Partnering for Change, Engaging the World" for this year, putting security and regional integrity high on the agenda.
At the opening ceremony, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said that the next two days will present excellent opportunities for ASEAN leaders and their dialogue partners to engage in meaningful discussions on matters of regional and intentional importance.
The president said the non-traditional security issues are challenging "the prosperity of regional economies, the integrity of our institutions, and more importantly the safety of ASEAN people".
At the closing ceremony of the ASEAN summit and related summits on Tuesday, Duterte will hand over the chairmanship of ASEAN to Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong of Singapore, the incoming chair for 2018.