PREPARATIONS are underway for the Philippines' hosting of 30th Asean summit in Manila on April 26 to 29, which will coincide with state visits of Indonesian President Joko Widodo and Brunei Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah, a senior official said Wednesday.
Trump will take part in a summit with ASEAN leaders and the East Asia Summit in the Philippines as well as the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in Vietnam.
Moreover, Trump would be gracing the event, European PPP Expertise Centre alias EPEC Summit scheduled to be held in Vietnam.
The highlight of the visit will be the Leaders' summit on the 29th, where all 10 leaders of Asean member countries will be meeting at the Philippine International Convention Center and will hold a leaders' retreat at the Coconut Palace. Despite bilateral relations souring under former United States president Barack Obama's administration, Duterte and Trump showed signs of warm ties after Trump praised the controversial war on drugs in the Philippines.
He also stressed the need for "fundamental freedom of navigation", and said he and President Donald Trump want to expand economic ties with Indonesia.
Among Obama's foreign policy accomplishments: Promoting democratic reform in Myanmar, on communist China's doorstep.
Trump got off on the wrong foot.
"Trump is profound even if he does not seem to be one", he said.
He said other country leaders from dialogue partners like Australia, China, India, Japan, New Zealand, Russia, and South Korea are also expected to attend. Its ambassador visited the U.S. Military Academy at West Point this month.
But analyst Aaron L. Connelly of the Lowy Institute for International Policy said that, considering Mr. Trump's "habits", the USA leader is unlikely to attend the ASEAN summit in Manila. It will reprise, at a lower level, a leaders' summit Obama hosted in California a year ago.
Bolivar said Philippine Foreign Secretary Enrique Manalo will fly to Washington DC in May for the ASEAN-US Foreign Ministers' Meeting.