Aquino seized the opportunity to promote the country’s interests during the 22nd Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in Beijing, China held from November 9 to 11 before traveling to Myanmar for the 25th Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) assembly.
“Our attendance to the two regional summits was timely because while there are collective efforts to foster economic development, there are challenges that recognize no border such as climate change, Ebola virus and terrorism. In every minute we were in Beijing and Nay Pyi Taw, we showed our solidarity in facing problems instead of avoiding them as well as readiness to cooperate in addressing these challenges,” Aquino said in his arrival statement.
“We have also seen the effectiveness of face-to-face dialogue with various world leaders. Through this method, mutual trust is formed and bilateral relations are enhanced,” he added.
At the APEC summit, the President said he had fruitful dialogues with the leaders of Vietnam, Chile, Peru, Papua New Guinea, Thailand, Canada, New Zealand, Japan, Australia, India, and China on promoting good governance, agricultural development and fostering increased trade and investments. To strengthen people-to-people cooperation, the leaders also agreed to strengthen initiatives on education and tourism.