His co-ASEAN heads of state agree with Thein Sein as they push for an early conclusion of a Code of Conduct on the South China Sea at the plenary session. President Benigno Aquino III does not mention recent aggressive acts of China versus the Philippines but reiterates the need for a legally binding document to govern maritime disputes.
Talks also revolve around the ASEAN economic community in 2015 as leaders express excitement over the integration, and discuss the 20% of targets they have yet to accomplish.
Member states also discuss international issues like the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), and the threat of Ebola. They agree there must be a regional effort to meet both threats.
At the end of the Summit, ASEAN leaders are expected to adopt the Nay Pyi Taw Declaration for the ASEAN Community's Post-2015 Vision, the Declaration on Strengthening the ASEAN Secretariat and Reviewing the ASEAN Organs, and the ASEAN Joint Statement on Climate Change 2014. Updates on discussions over the Code of Conduct are also anticipated.
Natashya Gutierrez, Rappler, Naypyidaw. - Rappler.com