2017 ASEAN Summits

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2017 ASEAN Summits
30th and 31st ASEAN Summits
31st ASEAN Summit.jpg
Delegates of the 31st ASEAN Summit which includes leaders from outside ASEAN.
Host countryPhilippines
Date28–29 April 2017
10–14 November 2017[1]
Venue(s)Cultural Center of the Philippines Complex
CitiesManila, Pasay
ParticipantsASEAN members
ChairPresident Rodrigo Duterte
Follows2016 ASEAN Summits
Precedes2018 ASEAN Summits

The 2017 ASEAN Summits or the 30th and 31st ASEAN Summits are diplomatic conferences centering on the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) which were held in the Philippines from 28–29 April and 10–14 November 2017. This marks the third and fourth time the ASEAN Summit was held in the Philippines.


The Committee for Security, Peace and Order and Emergency Preparedness and Response was organized to ensure security during the ASEAN Summit. For the 30th summit, 40,000 soldiers, 240 motorcycles, 120 patrol cars, as well as 45 air and naval assets were deployed.[2]

30th ASEAN Summit[edit]

ASEAN leaders released a statement on 28 April 2017 expressing "grave concern" over tensions in the Korean peninsula arising from North Korea's testing of nuclear weapons on January and September 2016 as well as ballistic missile tests conducted within the month and urged North Korea to fully comply with UN Security Council Resolutions and the international law. They also urged for self-restraint for all parties concern.[3]

The following day the "ASEAN Declaration on the Role of the Civil Service as a Catalyst for Achieving the ASEAN Community Vision 2025" was signed by the member countries of the ASEAN. The ASEAN member states pledged to promote accountability and transparency in civil service in the region and it is agreed that relevant civil service bodies of each member state will cooperate through the ASEAN Cooperation on Civil Service Matters (ACCSM). It was expected that concrete measures to be done to implement the declaration will be discussed in the 31st ASEAN Summit which was held on November 2017.[3]

31st ASEAN Summit[edit]

The culminating event was held in Manila on 10–14 November (31st summit).

Despite some criticism on ASEAN's handling of the Rohingya crisis in Myanmar,[4] many viewed the Philippines' performance as a success. According to political analyst Richard Javad Heydarian, "Overall, Duterte was a clear big winner at the summit, as he eagerly welcomed the courtship of all major powers, including America, China, Japan, Russia and India. The Filipino president deftly leveraged the event to effectively legitimize his leadership and present himself as a regional powerbroker...upon the summit’s conclusion, Duterte’s Philippines never looked as confident and secure. All in all, it was a crowning diplomatic event for the controversial Filipino leader."[5]


All heads of government of the member states of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations except Myanmar attended the 30th ASEAN Summit. In the case of Myanmar, the country was represented by its State Counsellor, Aung San Suu Kyi.[2][6][7]

ASEAN members
Host state and leader are shown in bold text.
Member Represented by Title
 Brunei Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah King
 Cambodia Hun Sen Prime Minister
 Indonesia Joko Widodo President
 Laos Thongloun Sisoulith Prime Minister
 Malaysia Najib Razak Prime Minister
 Myanmar Aung San Suu Kyi State Counsellor
 Philippines Rodrigo Duterte President
 Singapore Lee Hsien Loong Prime Minister
 Thailand Prayut Chan-o-cha Prime Minister
 Vietnam Nguyen Xuan Phuc Prime Minister
Guest Invitees (Countries)
Member Represented by Title
 Australia Malcolm Turnbull Prime Minister
 Canada Justin Trudeau Prime Minister
 China Li Keqiang Premier
 India Narendra Modi Prime Minister
 Japan Shinzo Abe Prime Minister
 New Zealand Jacinda Ardern Prime Minister
 Russia Dmitry Medvedev Prime Minister
 South Korea Moon Jae-in President
 United States Donald Trump President
Guest Invitees (International Institutions)
Member Represented by Title
 European Union Donald Tusk President
 United Nations António Guterres Secretary General


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  2. ^ a b "Manila is ready for 30th ASEAN Summit". The Myanmar Times. 26 April 2017. Retrieved 13 November 2017.
  3. ^ a b "Declarations and statements at the 30th ASEAN Summit". Rappler. 29 April 2017. Retrieved 13 November 2017.
  4. ^ Lanto, Macabangkit B. "Asean Summit a success, but…". opinion.inquirer.net.
  5. ^ Richard Javad Heydarian (16 November 2017). "Crowning diplomatic moment for Duterte".
  6. ^ "30th ASEAN Summit Opening Ceremony". Department of Foreign Affairs of the Philippines. Retrieved 13 November 2017.
  7. ^ Cayabyab, Marc Jayson (29 April 2017). "Duterte opens 30th Asean Summit". INQUIRER.net. Philippine Daily Inquirer. Retrieved 13 November 2017.
  8. ^ a b II, Paterno Esmaquel. "LIST: World leaders attending ASEAN 2017 in the Philippines". Rappler.
  9. ^ Gita, Ruth Abbey (16 November 2017). "Palace: PH earns 'global admiration' for successful Asean summit". Sunstar.