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03/11/2017: DC FORUM PREVIEWS PH, US PRIORITIES FOR ASEAN 2017

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03 November 2017

Philippine Embassy Chargé d’Affaires ad interim Minister Patrick A. Chuasoto (seated, center) and United States Deputy Assistant Secretary of State W. Patrick Murphy (seated, left) were the featured speakers at The Stimson Center forum held on 31 October 2017.

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Philippine Embassy Chargé d’Affaires ad interim Minister Patrick A. Chuasoto and United States Deputy Assistant Secretary of State W. Patrick Murphy were the featured speakers at a forum entitled, “A preview of U.S. and Philippine priorities for the 2017 ASEAN and East Asia Summits” held at The Stimson Center on 31 October 2017.

The forum co-organized by The Stimson Center and the US Philippines Society gathered more than 100 attendees from various US government agencies, think tanks, business groups, private sector, diplomatic corps, and the media in a discussion on US and Philippine priorities, US-ASEAN partnership and the Philippines’s role as ASEAN Chair this year.

Deputy Assistant Secretary of State W. Patrick Murphy, in his remarks, highlighted President Trump’s priorities in his upcoming ASEAN trip which includes the denuclearization of North Korea, meaningful code of conduct negotiations in the South China sea, and counterterrorism efforts among others.

“The Filipino people are some of our closest friends and allies anywhere in the world. Our relationship is based on shared sacrifices for democracy, respect for human rights, strong people to people and societal ties. The partnership with the Philippines is very broad and this alliance is one of our most enduring partnerships and relationships anywhere in the Indo Pacific region. It has been a cornerstone of stability for over 70 years”, said DAS Murphy on US-Philippine relations.

“The United States will continue to maintain a very strong presence in the Indo Pacific region, will continue to pursue policies that contribute to the peace, stability and prosperity both in the region and back home here in the United States,” DAS Murphy concluded.

In his remarks, Philippine Embassy Chargé d’Affaires ad interim Minister Patrick Chuasoto laid out the Philippines’ thematic priorities as Chair of ASEAN 2017, and discussed the ASEAN goals of building an inclusive ASEAN community, upholding peaceful co-existence among members states, adhering to the rule of law in the peaceful resolution of disputes, sustaining inclusive economic growth, enhancing resiliency in the face of natural disasters, and strengthening its institutions.

“Much of ASEAN’s success is attributed to the ASEAN Way of consultation, consensus and cooperation. ASEAN was founded on the basis of several fundamental principles, among them mutual respect, non-interference in the internal affairs of other members, and peaceful settlement of disputes,” Minister Chuasoto emphasized.

Minister Chuasoto also talked about the notable outcomes of the 30th ASEAN Summit and the 50th ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Meeting and Related meetings held in April and August 2017, respectively, and the key deliverables in the upcoming November summit including with ASEAN’s external partners.

“ASEAN’s relationship with the US stands out because of the strength of our mutual confidence and trust. Our strategic partnership with the US has contributed to the region’s many unprecedented successes and has led to an immeasurable deepening of exchanges at the people-to-people levels,” Minister Chuasoto said in underscoring ASEAN’s partnership with the United States.

After the keynote remarks, a panel discussion ensued featuring Mr. Richard Blackwood, Senior Philippines Desk Officer at the US State Department, Mr. William Wise, Associate Director of the Southeast Asia Studies Program at the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), Ms. Meredith Miller, Vice President at Albright Stonebridge Group (ASG), and Minister Patrick Chuasoto. Mr. Bryan Eyler, Director of Stimson’s Southeast Asia program served as moderator.

The forum was live streamed at Stimson Center’s website, and is available for viewing in its YouTube page (https://www.youtube.com/user/HLStimson100). ###

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Philippine Embassy Chargé d’Affaires ad interim Minister Patrick A. Chuasoto delivers his remarks at The Stimson Center forum entitled “A preview of U.S. and Philippine priorities for the 2017 ASEAN and East Asia Summits” on 31 October 2017.

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(L-R) Mr. Richard Blackwood, Senior Philippines Desk Officer at the US State Department; Mr. William Wise, Associate Director of the Southeast Asia Studies Program at the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS); Minister Patrick Chuasoto, Philippine Embassy Chargé d’Affaires ad interim; Ms. Meredith Miller, Vice President at Albright Stonebridge Group (ASG); and Mr. Bryan Eyler, Director of Stimson’s Southeast Asia program participated as panel members of the forum, “A preview of U.S. and Philippine priorities for the 2017 ASEAN and East Asia Summits” held on 31 October 2017.