Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, left, hands over the gavel to Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong during a transfer of ASEAN Chairmanship at the closing ceremonies of the 31st ASEAN Summit and Related Summits on Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017, in Manila, Philippines. AP/Aaron Favila, POOL

FULL TEXT: Chairman’s statement for the 31st ASEAN Summit
( - November 16, 2017 - 4:12am

MANILA, Philippines — On November 13, the heads of states of Southeast Asian nations gathered for the 31st ASEAN Summit in Manila under the chairmanship of the Philippines.

This year, the summit’s theme is “Partnering for Change, Engaging the World.”

The leaders met with the purpose of realizing the six thematic priorities of the Philippines as ASEAN's main deliverables for 2017 - (a) A people-oriented and people-centered ASEAN; (b) Peace and stability in the region; (c) Maritime security and cooperation; (d) Inclusive, innovation-led growth; (e) ASEAN’s resiliency; and (f) ASEAN: a model of regionalism, a global player.

Read the 31st ASEAN Summit’s Chairman statement below:

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