Philippines committed to building strong, resilient ASEAN: Duterte

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Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte sits alongside President Trump during a bilateral meeting in Manila

"We are working day and night towards easy, effective and transparent governance", the prime minister said.

Tusk noted that the two regional blocs can work together particularly through information-sharing to counter terrorist attacks as well as exchange of best practices in dealing with violent extremism.

The prime minister said that the country has kept emphasis on "minimum government and maximum governance" and repealed about 1,200 outdated laws over the last three years.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today held a brief interaction with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang on the sidelines of the East Asia Summit here. "We hadextensive discussions on enhancing India-Philippines bilateral cooperation especially in trade, business and culture", he tweeted.

President Rodrigo Duterte did not attend a meeting between the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and the United Nations due to a conflict of schedule, the Department of Foreign Affairs said Tuesday.

"We have committed to transforming India into a global manufacturing hub.We want to make Indians job makers, not job seekers". The summit is part of the 31st ASEAN Summit and Related meetings. China claims sovereignty over nearly all of the South China Sea, a huge source of hydrocarbons.

The ASEAN has been pushing for a legally binding code of conduct for all stakeholders in the SCS but Beijing has been opposing such a framework asserting that it will resolve the dispute with respective countries under bilateral mechanism.

Cambodia, Indonesia, Myanmar, the Philippines and Vietnam are seen as the main origin countries of migrant workers, while Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand are the main "host" countries. India's investment in Asean during the same period has been more than $40 billion. The participating members of the 12th East Asia Summit are Australia, Brunei, Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Japan, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, New Zealand, Philippines, Russia, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand, the U.S. and Vietnam. All the 10 Asean leaders will be chief guests at the 2018 Republic Day celebrations.

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