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The first regular meeting of the ASEAN Committee in Washington under the Philippines’ chairmanship was held at the Philippine Chancery Annex building on May 11, 2018.  (Philippine Embassy photo)


WASHINGTON — Philippine ambassador to the United States Jose Manuel G. Romualdez presided over the first regular meeting of the ASEAN Committee in Washington (ACW) under the Philippines’ chairmanship at the Philippine Chancery Annex building on May 11, 2018.

The meeting included a working luncheon with Wendy Cutler, Vice President and Managing Director of the Washington, D.C. office of the Asia Society Policy Institute (ASPI); and Lindsey Ford, ASPI Director for Political-Security Affairs.

The discussions revolved around ASPI’s initiative to come up with a white paper on ASEAN-U.S. relations, along with practical recommendations on how to advance the strategic partnership following the 40th Anniversary of relations that was celebrated last year.

Alex Feldman, President and CEO of the US-ASEAN Business Council (USABC) also briefly joined the regular meeting to apprise the group of various upcoming USABC-related activities.

The ACW regularly engages in discussions on how to raise the profile of ASEAN in the U.S., both at government and private sector levels.

Special briefings by U.S. Government officials and members of U.S. foreign policy circles complement the regular meetings with the end view to coordinating strategies to sustain and enhance the ASEAN-U.S. strategic partnership.


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ACW meets with Asia Society Policy Institute Vice President and Managing Director of the Washington, D.C. office of Wendy Cutler, and US-ASEAN Business Council President and CEO Alex Feldman, at a working lunch following the 1st regular ACW meeting held on May 11, 2018.  (Philippine Embassy photo)

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