2015 APEC Summit, ASEAN Summit & EAS Summit

APEC Manila 2015

Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) is a forum for 21 Pacific Rim member economies that seeks to promote free trade and economic cooperation throughout the Asia-Pacific region. It was established in 1989 in response to the growing interdependence of Asia-Pacific economies and the advent of regional trade blocs in other parts of the world; to fears that highly industrialized Japan (a member of G8) would come to dominate economic activity in the Asia-Pacific region; and to establish new markets for agricultural products and raw materials beyond Europe (where demand had been declining). APEC works to raise living standards and education levels through sustainable economic growth and to foster a sense of community and an appreciation of shared interests among Asia-Pacific countries. APEC includes newly industrialized economies, although the agenda of free tradewas a sensitive issue for the developing NIEs at the time APEC founded, and aims to enable ASEAN economies to explore new export market opportunities for natural resources such as natural gas, as well as to seek regional economic integration (industrial integration) by means of foreign direct investment. Members account for approximately 40% of the world’s population, approximately 54% of the world’s gross domestic product and about 44% of world trade.

An annual APEC Economic Leaders’ Meeting is attended by the heads of government of all APEC members except Taiwan (which is represented by a ministerial-level official under the name Chinese Taipei as economic leader). The location of the meeting rotates annually among the member economies, and a famous tradition, followed for most (but not all) summits, involves the attending leaders dressing in a national costume of the host country.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Asia-Pacific_Economic_Cooperation

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World Leaders 2015 APEC Phillipines family photo REUTERS/Erik De Castro

President Obama’s Travel Itinerary

Tuesday, November 17th

President Obama arrives the Philippines

President Obama attends a U.S. maritime event aboard the BRP Gregorio del Pilar and delivers remarks
Manila Harbor, Manila, Philippines

President Obama holds a bilateral meeting with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull
Hotel Sofitel Philippine Plaza, Manila, Philippines

President Obama speaks at the APEC CEO Summit
Makati Shangri-La, Manila, Philippines

President Obama overnights in Manila
Manila, Philippines

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Wednesday, November 18th

President Obama holds a bilateral meeting with Philippines President Benigno S. Aquino III
Hotel Sofitel Philippine Plaza, Manila, Philippines

President Obama attends the meeting with the leaders of APEC and Columbia
Hotel Sofitel Philippine Plaza, Manila, Philippines

President Obama attends the meeting with the leaders of TPP countries
Hotel Sofitel Philippine Plaza, Manila, Philippines

President Obama participates in a Pacific Alliance meeting
Hotel Sofitel Philippine Plaza, Manila, Philippines

President Obama participates in an APEC family photo
Hotel Sofitel Philippine Plaza, Manila, Philippines

President Obama participates in APEC welcome dinner and cultural performance.
Hotel Sofitel Philippine Plaza, Manila, Philippines

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Thursday, November 19th

President Obama attends the APEC CEO Summit plenary session on climate change
Philippine International Convention Center, Philippines

President Obama attends an APEC sessions
Philippine International Convention Center, Manila, Philippines

President Obama holds a bilateral meeting with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau
Philippine International Convention Center, Manila, Philippines

President Obama participates in the APEC closing session
Philippine International Convention Center, Philippines

President Obama holds a bilateral meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzō Abe
Philippine International Convention Center, Manila, Philippines

President Obama meets with Embassy personnel and families
Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila, Manila, Philippines

President Obama departs the Philippines en route to Malaysia
Ninoy Aquino International Airport, Manila, Philippines

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APEC CEO Summit
November 16 – 18, 2015

Manila, Philippines

http://www.apec.org

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#APEC2015

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ASEAN Malaysia 2015

The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) is a geo-political and economic organization of ten countries located in Southeast Asia, which was formed on 8 August 1967 by Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore and Thailand.  Since then, membership has expanded to include Brunei, Burma (Myanmar), Cambodia, Laos, and Vietnam. Its aims include accelerating economic growth, social progress, cultural development among its members, protection of regional peace and stability, and opportunities for member countries to discuss differences peacefully.

For more: http://www.asean.org/

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President Obama’s Travel Itinerary

Friday, November 20th

President Obama arrives Kuala Lumpur
Subang Airbase, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

President Obama participates in a town hall meeting with members of the South East Asian Leaders Initiative
Taylor’s University, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

President Obama holds a bilateral meeting with Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak
Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

President Obama Speaks at the ASEAN Business & Investment Summit
Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

President Obama participates in the ASEAN welcome ceremony and family photo
Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

President Obama attends a EAS gala dinner
Kuala Lumpur City Centre, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

President Obama Speaks at the ASEAN Business & Investment Summit
Shangri-La Hotel, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

President Obama tours the Dignity for Children Foundation
Dignity for Children Foundation, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

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Saturday, November 21st

President Obama participates in a civil society roundtable
Ritz Carlton, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

President Obama participates in an U.S.–ASEAN session
Kuala Lumpur City Centre, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

President Obama participates in a EAS welcome and family photo
Kuala Lumpur City Centre, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

President Obama attends the EAS dinner and cultural performance
Kuala Lumpur City Centre, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

 

Sunday, November 22nd

President Obama meets with Embassy personnel and families
Ritz Carlton, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

President Obama participates in an EAS family photo
Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

President Obama participates in an EAS Summit meeting
Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

President Obama holds a bilateral meeting with Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong
Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

President Obama holds a press conference
holds a press conference
Kuala Lumpur City Centre, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

President Obama departs Malaysia en route to the Washington DC

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ASEAN Summit / EAS Summit
November 18-22, 2015
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

http://www.asean.org\

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  1. WH

    Tuesday, November 17, 2015

    All Times Eastern

    President Obama receives the presidential daily briefing

    1:30 AM
    President Obama attends a U.S. maritime event aboard the BRP Gregorio del Pilar
    Manila Harbor, Manila, Philippines

    1:45 AM
    President Obama delivers a statement aboard the BRP Gregorio del Pilar
    Manila Harbor, Manila, Philippines

    2:00 AM
    2:35 AM
    President Obama holds a bilateral meeting with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull
    Hotel Sofitel Philippine Plaza, Manila, Philippines

    3:00 AM
    4:00 AM
    5:00 AM
    6:00 AM
    7:00 AM
    8:00 AM
    9:00 AM
    9:15 AM
    President Obama Speaks at the APEC CEO Summit
    Manila, Philippines

    10:00 AM
    11:00 AM
    12:00 PM
    1:00 PM
    2:00 PM
    2:15 PM
    First Lady Presents the 2015 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards
    The White House

    3:00 PM
    4:00 PM
    5:00 PM
    6:00 PM
    Vice President Biden Participates in a Roundtable Discussion at the Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator
    Los Angeles, California

    7:00 PM
    8:00 PM
    9:00 PM

    10:00 PM
    11:00 PM
    President Obama participates in a family photo with leaders of the TPP countries
    Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila, Manila, Philippines

    President Obama overnights in Manila
    Manila, Philippines

  2. Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation

    Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) is a forum for 21 Pacific Rim member economies that seeks to promote free trade and economic cooperation throughout the Asia-Pacific region. It was established in 1989 in response to the growing interdependence of Asia-Pacific economies and the advent of regional trade blocs in other parts of the world; to fears that highly industrialized Japan (a member of G8) would come to dominate economic activity in the Asia-Pacific region; and to establish new markets for agricultural products and raw materials beyond Europe (where demand had been declining). APEC works to raise living standards and education levels through sustainable economic growth and to foster a sense of community and an appreciation of shared interests among Asia-Pacific countries.

    For more: http://apec2015.ph

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    East Asia Summit (EAS) and the U.S.-ASEAN Summit

    The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) is a geo-political and economic organization of ten countries located in Southeast Asia, which was formed on 8 August 1967 by Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore and Thailand. Since then, membership has expanded to include Brunei, Burma (Myanmar), Cambodia, Laos, and Vietnam. Its aims include accelerating economic growth, social progress, cultural development among its members, protection of regional peace and stability, and opportunities for member countries to discuss differences peacefully.

    For more: http://www.asean.org/

    • President Obama’s Travel Itinerary

      Tuesday, November 17th

      President Obama arrives the Philippines

      President Obama attends a U.S. maritime event aboard the BRP Gregorio del Pilar
      Manila Harbor, Manila, Philippines

      President Obama delivers remarks
      BRP Gregorio del Pilar, Manila Harbor, Manila, Philippines

      President Obama holds a bilateral meeting with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull
      Hotel Sofitel Philippine Plaza, Manila, Philippines

      President Obama Speaks at the APEC CEO Summit
      Makati Shangri-La, Manila, Philippines

      President Obama overnights in Manila
      Manila, Philippines

      • November 17, 2015

        Remarks by President Obama After Touring the BRP Gregorio del Pilar

        Manila Harbor

        Manila, Philippines

        2:51 P.M. PHT

        PRESIDENT OBAMA: Good afternoon, everybody. It is wonderful to be back in the Philippines. And I want to thank Secretary Gazmin, General Iriberri, Rear Admiral Alano and Melad, Captain Sibala, and the members of the Philippine Armed Forces for welcoming me here today. I want to acknowledge the American servicemembers who are here and who are part of our unbreakable alliance.

        The United States has been committed to the security of this region for more than 70 years. We have a treaty obligation, an ironclad commitment to the defense of our ally, the Philippines. You can count on the United States.

        My visit here underscores our shared commitment to the security of the waters of this region and to the freedom of navigation. This watch center was built with U.S. grants.

        For more: https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2015/11/17/remarks-president-obama-after-touring-brp-gregorio-del-pilar

      • November 17, 2015

        Remarks by President Obama and Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull of the Commonwealth of Australia after Bilateral Meeting

        Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila
        Manila, Philippines

        4:47 P.M. PHT

        PRESIDENT OBAMA: Well, it is a wonderful opportunity for me to have a lengthy discussion with new Prime Minister Turnbull and his team. One of the things when we speak to our Australian partners is there are very few things we disagree on, and that’s not only because of what I hope to be a growing friendship between myself and the Prime Minister, but the lasting, enduring alliance that exists between our two countries. There are very few countries around the world that matches the kinds of continuous, comprehensive friendship and partnership that we maintain with Australia.

        They’re strong people-to-people ties, extraordinary cooperation on the security front, where Australia is the second largest contributor to the counter-ISIL coalition, an enormously helpful participant in our efforts to stabilize and provide the opportunity for the Afghan people to secure their own country.

        For more: https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2015/11/17/remarks-president-obama-and-prime-minister-malcolm-turnbull-commonwealth

      • November 18, 2015

        Remarks by the President at CEO Summit

        Makati Shangri-La
        Manila, Philippines

        10:20 A.M. PHT

        PRESIDENT OBAMA: Thank you! (Applause.) Thank you so much. Thank you. Everybody, please have a seat. Well, good morning.

        AUDIENCE: Good morning.

        PRESIDENT OBAMA: I understand that Jack set the place on fire this morning already with his remarks — (laughter) — so he’s a hard act to follow. And I’m going to keep my remarks brief because, unlike some previous APEC CEO summits where I’ve just made a speech, we’ve got an opportunity I think to hear from a couple of outstanding individuals. I want to thank Jack, as well as Aisa Mijeno for joining us. And you’ll find out more about Aisa — you probably know about Jack — but she’s outstanding, and I think an example of why I feel extraordinarily optimistic about our future.

        It is wonderful to be back in the Philippines. We appreciate President Aquino and the Filipino people for their warm welcome and for their leadership in hosting this year’s APEC Summit. So, to our Filipino hosts — salamat po. (Applause.)

        This is my fifth opportunity to be with you at the APEC CEO Summit. I’m halfway through an around-the-world trip to Turkey, the Philippines, and Malaysia. I am crossing every time zone. And at each stop, we’re working to boost economic growth that’s inclusive, that benefits all people. In Antalya, the G20 nations committed to take specific steps to boost growth, including investments in areas like infrastructure and small business development. Here at APEC, we’re working to deepen our economic cooperation in a way that is sustainable for our communities. And in Kuala Lumpur, I’ll discuss one of the most important steps we can take to grow our economies — and that’s the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

        For more: https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2015/11/18/remarks-president-ceo-summit

      • West Wing Week: 1/1/2016 or, “U.S. Mission Manila”

        Published on Dec 31, 2015

        This week, West Wing Week takes a short break from our regularly scheduled programming to take you behind the scenes with the U.S. Embassy in Manila, to show you what it’s like for folks working at a U.S. Embassy when POTUS comes to your country.

    • President Obama’s Travel Itinerary

      Wednesday, November 18th

      President Obama holds a bilateral meeting with Philippines President Benigno S. Aquino III
      Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila, Manila, Philippines

      President Obama attends the meeting with the leaders of APEC and Columbia
      Hotel Sofitel Philippine Plaza, Manila, Philippines

      President Obama attends the meeting with the leaders of TPP countries
      Hotel Sofitel Philippine Plaza, Manila, Philippines

      President Obama participates in a Pacific Alliance meeting
      Hotel Sofitel Philippine Plaza, Manila, Philippines

      President Obama participates in an APEC family photo
      Hotel Sofitel Philippine Plaza, Manila, Philippines

      President Obama participates in APEC welcome dinner and cultural performance.
      Hotel Sofitel Philippine Plaza, Manila, Philippines

      • November 17, 2015

        Remarks by President Obama and President Aquino of the Republic of the Philippines after Bilateral Meeting

        Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila
        Manila, Philippines

        9:12 A.M. PHT

        PRESIDENT AQUINO: I’m honored to welcome our very good friend, President Barack Obama, and his delegation to the Philippines.

        Prior to engaging in comprehensive exchanges in this week’s APEC economic meeting, President Obama and I took the opportunity to meet and continue our discussions on the enduring bilateral partnership between the Philippines and the United States. We reaffirmed our treaty alliance, the strategic partnership, and the historic friendship between our countries. I’m confident that this firm foundation of broad cooperation and shared values will enable the Philippines and the United States to face the challenges of the present and those in the decades to come.

        Our defenses security alliance commenced more than 60 years ago to this day. It remains a cornerstone of peace and stability in the Asia Pacific. As a treaty ally of the United States, the Philippines receives security assistance from the U.S. government, particularly through the foreign military financing program. We recognize with the deepest appreciation the significant contribution to our efforts by the United States — contributions that help us ensure that we can ably respond to current security challenges, particularly in the area of maritime security and maritime awareness.

        For more: https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2015/11/17/remarks-president-obama-and-president-aquino-republic-philippines-after

      • November 18, 2015

        Remarks by President Obama in Meeting on the Trans-Pacific Partnership

        Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila
        Manila, Philippines

        12:20 P.M. PHT

        PRESIDENT OBAMA: Well, I want to welcome all the leaders and trade ministers who are here. This marks our first gathering at the leaders level since our 12 countries agreed on the landmark Trans-Pacific Partnership. We were able to complete the negotiations thanks to the commitment of the leaders here. And I thank each of you, but I think it’s also appropriate for us to thank our trade ministers and their teams who engaged in extraordinary work in some very challenging negotiations across a wide range of issues. All of you did an outstanding job.

        TPP is at the heart of our shared vision for the future of this dynamic region. We want all countries to pursue their interests and prosperity peacefully, based on common rules of the road on an open, level playing field — a fair trade. And our countries comprise nearly 40 percent of global GDP, and some one-third of global trade. So this isn’t about boosting exports between our countries in the Asia Pacific. The TPP is also helping to write the rules of global trade for the 21st century.

        For more: https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2015/11/18/remarks-president-obama-meeting-trans-pacific-partnership

    • President Obama’s Travel Itinerary

      Thursday, November 19th

      President Obama attends the APEC CEO Summit plenary session on climate change
      Philippine International Convention Center, Philippines

      President Obama attends an APEC sessions
      Philippine International Convention Center, Manila, Philippines

      President Obama holds a bilateral meeting with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau
      Philippine International Convention Center, Manila, Philippines

      President Obama participates in the APEC closing session
      Philippine International Convention Center, Philippines

      President Obama holds a bilateral meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzō Abe
      Philippine International Convention Center, Manila, Philippines

      President Obama meets with Embassy personnel and families
      Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila, Manila, Philippines

      President Obama departs the Philippines en route to Malaysia
      Ninoy Aquino International Airport, Manila, Philippines

      • November 19, 2015

        Remarks by President Obama and Prime Minister Trudeau of Canada After Bilateral Meeting

        Philippine International Convention Center
        Manila, Philippines

        2:41 P.M. PHT

        PRESIDENT OBAMA: It is a great pleasure to have our first formal sit-down between myself and Prime Minister Trudeau. Obviously there are no closer friends that we have than the Canadians. And we share values, we share culture. The ties between our people are extraordinary. We are NATO Allies, and across the board, our interests align.

        And I think we’ve seen the incredible excitement that Justin generated during his campaign in Canada. We’re confident that he’s going to be able to provide a great boost of energy and reform to the Canadian political landscape. And we’re looking forward very much to working with him.

        We had a chance to talk about security issues. Obviously, uppermost on our minds right now is the situation with ISIL and Syria, and we had excellent conversations about how our defense teams can coordinate and work not only on military operations there, but also how do we work on being able to stabilize the situation in Syria. I gave him an update on the diplomatic efforts.

        And we discussed counterterrorism — given the long, shared border that we have, how do we make sure that we are exchanging information about potential threats while, at the same time, preserving the civil liberties that both our peoples care so deeply about.

        For more: https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2015/11/19/remarks-president-obama-and-prime-minister-trudeau-canada-after

      • 3:15 AM ET
        President Obama participates in a Pacific Alliance meeting
        Philippine International Convention Center, Manila, Philippines

      • 3:30 AM ET
        President Obama participates in the APEC closing session
        Philippine International Convention Center, Philippines

      • November 19, 2015

        Remarks by President Obama and Prime Minister Trudeau of Canada After Bilateral Meeting

        Philippine International Convention Center
        Manila, Philippines

        2:41 P.M. PHT

        PRESIDENT OBAMA: It is a great pleasure to have our first formal sit-down between myself and Prime Minister Trudeau. Obviously there are no closer friends that we have than the Canadians. And we share values, we share culture. The ties between our people are extraordinary. We are NATO Allies, and across the board, our interests align.

        And I think we’ve seen the incredible excitement that Justin generated during his campaign in Canada. We’re confident that he’s going to be able to provide a great boost of energy and reform to the Canadian political landscape. And we’re looking forward very much to working with him.

        We had a chance to talk about security issues. Obviously, uppermost on our minds right now is the situation with ISIL and Syria, and we had excellent conversations about how our defense teams can coordinate and work not only on military operations there, but also how do we work on being able to stabilize the situation in Syria. I gave him an update on the diplomatic efforts.

        And we discussed counterterrorism — given the long, shared border that we have, how do we make sure that we are exchanging information about potential threats while, at the same time, preserving the civil liberties that both our peoples care so deeply about.

        For more: https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2015/11/19/remarks-president-obama-and-prime-minister-trudeau-canada-after

    • President Obama’s Travel Itinerary

      Friday, November 20th

      President Obama arrives Kuala Lumpur
      Subang Airbase, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

      President Obama participates in a town hall meeting with members of the South East Asian Leaders Initiative
      Taylor’s University, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

      President Obama participates in a US- ASEAN meeting
      Kuala Lumpur City Centre, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

      President Obama holds a bilateral meeting with Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak
      Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

      President Obama participates in the ASEAN welcome ceremony and family photo
      Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

      President Obama attends a EAS gala dinner
      Kuala Lumpur City Centre, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

      President Obama Speaks at the ASEAN Business & Investment Summit
      Shangri-La Hotel, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

      President Obama tours the Dignity for Children Foundation
      Dignity for Children Foundation, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

      • November 20, 2015

        Remarks by the President in YSEALI Town Hall

        Taylor’s University
        Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

        4:13 P.M. MYT

        PRESIDENT OBAMA: Hello, everybody! (Applause.) Everybody have a seat. Thank you so much. Well, good afternoon. This is a very good-looking group. (Laughter.) I want to thank Carrie for the introduction and your outstanding work to empower women in Singapore. Give Carrie a big round of applause. (Applause.) It is wonderful to be back in Malaysia. I want to thank everybody at Taylor’s University for hosting us. Give them a big round of applause. (Applause.) And I want to thank the government and the people of Malaysia for their hospitality and leadership this year in hosting ASEAN. Selamat petang. (Applause.)

        I was just at the APEC Summit in the Philippines. (Applause.) The Philippines are in the house. (Applause.) So I just landed a few minutes ago and this is my first stop. Summits like APEC and ASEAN are important, and I meet with all these leaders and we take pictures and we talk about all kinds of things. So I don’t mind spending time with older folks — like me. (Laughter.) But one of the things that I love doing most on these trips is the time I spend with young people like you, because your energy and your idealism and your optimism — because that reflects the future and the promise of the ASEAN region.

        For more: https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2015/11/20/remarks-president-yseali-town-hall

      • November 20, 2015

        Remarks by President Obama and Prime Minister Najib of Malaysia After Bilateral Meeting

        Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre
        Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

        7:59 P.M. MYT

        PRIME MINISTER NAJIB: Well, first of all, I’d like to thank President Obama for visiting Malaysia once again. Not only he has corrected history; we had a hiatus of almost 50 years without a U.S. President visiting Malaysia. But he’s visited us twice now. So that’s a wonderful accomplishment in terms of his commitment not only to Malaysia, but also to the region. And we are delighted at his support for the ASEAN as well as the Asia Summit progress.

        We had a very good discussion on bilateral issues. As expected, we have a very similar position in terms of combatting violent extremism. We both agree that we need to work closely together to make this region safer. This region is not immune from threat of violent of extremism. There are groups here operating, and there are groups here that have are aligned to IS. The Malaysian government is very clear on unequivocally that we are up against IS, against its ideology, what it stands for. It is evil. It is against Islam. It’s a perverted Islam. And they do not represent us. So we will work very closely together with the United States and other like-minded countries to make this region safer and to combat any form of violent extremism.

        For more: https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2015/11/20/remarks-president-obama-and-prime-minister-najib-malaysia-after

      • November 21, 2015

        Remarks by President Obama at Dignity for Children Foundation

        REMARKS BY PRESIDENT OBAMA
        AT DIGNITY FOR CHILDREN FOUNDATION
        Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
        11:57 A.M. MYT

        PRESIDENT OBAMA: Well, it is a privilege to be here at the Dignity for Children Foundation. I want to thank Pastor Satvinder and his wife, Petrina, who’ve run this foundation for years with the support of private donors and the United Nations. And I want to acknowledge the Malaysian government for its efforts to welcome and support refugees from around the world. Today, Malaysia hosts some 150,000 refugees and asylum seekers from countries as varied as Sudan, Somalia, and Myanmar.

        One of the reasons that I wanted to come visit here is because globally, we’re seeing an unprecedented number of refugees. The world is rightly focused on the humanitarian tragedy taking place in Syria, but we can’t forget that there are millions of other refugees from war-torn parts of the world — in fact, 60 million people are displaced all around the world.

        And today, as you saw, I had a chance to visit with some incredible young people — those children upstairs, many of them have gone through extraordinary hardships. They’ve taken really tough journeys. Most of the children that we saw in the classroom there were Rohingya, who had fled discrimination and oftentimes ethnic violence in Myanmar. And we’re hopeful that with the transition in the politics of Myanmar, that the Rohingya people will begin to get treated fairly and justly in their own country. But in the meantime, the refugees from Myanmar — again, mostly Rohingya, mostly Muslim — those young children up there, they’re deserving of the world’s protection and the world’s support.

        For more: https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2015/11/21/remarks-president-obama-dignity-children-foundation-0

    • President Obama’s Travel Itinerary

      Saturday, November 21st

      President Obama participates in a civil society roundtable
      Ritz Carlton, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

      President Obama participates in an U.S.–ASEAN session
      Kuala Lumpur City Centre, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

      President Obama participates in a EAS welcome and family photo
      Kuala Lumpur City Centre, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

      President Obama attends the EAS dinner and cultural performance
      Kuala Lumpur City Centre, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

      • November 21, 2015

        Remarks by President Obama at Civil Society Roundtable

        Ritz Carlton
        Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

        1:25 P.M. MYT

        PRESIDENT OBAMA: Well, this is a great opportunity for me to meet with some outstanding, courageous men and women who represent civil society organizations here in Malaysia. And as many of you who accompany me on foreign trips know, one of the things that I like to do is, in addition to meeting with leaders of government, is also to meet with civil society leaders and hear from them directly about the kinds of issues and challenges that they are facing.

        The United States, as a matter of policy, and my administration, as a matter of policy and values strongly believes in the promotion of civil society. And we think that when you have a strong civil society, you have a government that is more accountable, you benefit from the ideas and views of a diverse set of citizens. Strong societies ultimately have strong civil societies.

        And Malaysia, as a country that traditionally has a wide range of ethnic groups and religious faiths, and a tradition of tolerance very much benefits from the multiplicity of voices that need to be heard. This is also a country that has a constitution and is premised on the rule of law. And many of these civil society groups I think are concerned about any constrictions on civil liberties and civil rights, and also in expanding the boundaries of civil society so that people here in Malaysia and around the region are able to have their voices heard.

        For more: https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2015/11/21/remarks-president-obama-civil-society-roundtable

      • President Obama participates in an U.S.–ASEAN session
        Kuala Lumpur City Centre, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

      • President Obama attends the EAS dinner and cultural performance
        Kuala Lumpur City Centre, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

      • November 21, 2015

        Remarks by President Obama Before U.S.-ASEAN Meeting

        Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre
        Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

        7:10 P.M. MYT

        PRESIDENT OBAMA: Thank you very much, Prime Minister Najib, and thank you to my fellow leaders for being here today. I am very proud that this is my sixth meeting with ASEAN. As President, I’ve deepened America’s cooperation with ASEAN because a united, integrated and effective ASEAN in the center of Asia is a force of stability, prosperity and peace.

        As the Prime Minister mentioned, I’m pleased today that we’re elevating our relationship to a new level — a strategic partnership to guide and strengthen our ties for decades to come, including maritime cooperation. The United States and ASEAN will be closer than ever.

        ASEAN plays a vital role in advancing a rules-based order for the Asia Pacific. I commend ASEAN for working to ensure that all nations uphold international law and norms, including the peaceful resolution of disputes, freedom of navigation, and freedom of overflight.

        For more: https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2015/11/21/remarks-president-obama-us-asean-meeting

    • President Obama’s Travel Itinerary

      Sunday, November 22nd

      President Obama meets with Embassy personnel and families
      Ritz Carlton, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

      President Obama participates in an EAS family photo
      Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

      President Obama participates in an EAS Summit meeting
      Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

      President Obama holds a bilateral meeting with Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong
      Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

      President Obama holds a press conference
      holds a press conference
      Kuala Lumpur City Centre, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

      President Obama departs Malaysia en route to the Washington DC

      • November 22, 2015

        Remarks by President Obama and Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong of the Republic of Singapore After Bilateral Meeting

        Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre
        Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

        2:56 P.M. MYT

        PRESIDENT OBAMA: Well, it’s a great pleasure to spend some time with Prime Minister Lee and the delegation from Singapore as Singapore celebrates 50 years. And as the relationship between the United States and Singapore moves into its 50th year, it is wonderful to report that the state of our bilateral relationship is very, very strong.

        I think around the world people admire the incredible progress that Singapore has made in creating prosperity and opportunity for its people and for being an excellent international partner. And here at ASEAN, and previously at APEC, I think we’ve seen that although Singapore does not have a large population, it punches above its weight because of its wise policies and ability to work with all countries.

        Prime Minister Lee and I have now been able to discuss a wide range of issues, many of them that were echoed during the EAS Summit. We expressed concern about the work we need to do together to counter ISIL and to improve our intelligence and counterterrorism efforts.

        For more: https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2015/11/22/remarks-president-obama-and-prime-minister-lee-hsien-loong-republic

      • November 22, 2015

        Remarks by President Obama at a Press Conference

        Ritz Carlton
        Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

        2:34 P.M. MYT

        PRESIDENT OBAMA: Good afternoon, everybody. Let me begin by once again thanking the government and the people of Malaysia for hosting us at the U.S.-ASEAN and East Asia Summits. These gatherings are enormous undertakings, but thanks to Malaysia’s leadership and incredible hospitality, they have been a great success.

        Earlier this week, as I headed to this region, there was a headline in one of our publications back home that asked — “Obama’s Asian Distraction?” And the premise seemed to be that this region was somehow disconnected from pressing global events. I could not disagree more. This region is not a distraction from the world’s central challenges, like terrorism. The Asia Pacific is absolutely critical to promoting security, prosperity and human dignity around the world. That’s why I’ve devoted so much of my foreign policy to deepening America’s engagement with this region. And I’m pleased that on this trip we made progress across the board.

        With my fellow leaders from Japan, Australia and the Philippines, I reaffirmed that our treaty alliances remain the foundation of regional security. The United States is boosting our support for the Philippines’ maritime capabilities and those of our regional partners. At the U.S.-ASEAN and East Asia Summits, a key topic was the South China Sea, and many leaders spoke about the need to uphold international principles, including the freedom of navigation and overflight and the peaceful resolution of disputes. And to make sure we keep deepening our partnership here in Southeast Asia, I invited all 10 ASEAN leaders to the United States next year. I’m pleased they accepted, and I look forward to continuing our work.

        For more: https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2015/11/22/remarks-president-obama-press-conference

  3. November 17, 2015

    Remarks by The First Lady at National Arts And Humanities Youth Program Awards

    East Room

    2:31 P.M. EST

    MRS. OBAMA: Well, good afternoon, everyone. And welcome to the White House for the 2015 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program awards.

    Let me begin by thanking everyone from the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities for their extraordinary leadership. The President and I are, as always, grateful for everything that you do not just for this administration, but for the country and for young people like the ones we’re honoring today.

    I also want to acknowledge our other sponsors and guests: The NEA, the NEH, the Institute of Museum and Library Sciences [Services], and the Ambassador of Honduras, Ambassador Milla, who is here with us. Thank you all for joining us today.

    I also want to, of course, recognize all of the teachers and mentors and administrators who make these programs possible. I know that you all put in a lot of long hours and late nights, and you deal with endless phone calls, and paperwork, and budget meetings, and kids and parents complaining, and all kinds of stuff. But I also know that the payoff makes it all worth it, because you know better than anyone how the arts and humanities can transform young people’s lives.

    And thanks to your efforts — amazing efforts, we have the pleasure of welcoming young people from every corner of our country to the White House today.

    For more: https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2015/11/17/remarks-first-lady-national-arts-and-humanities-youth-program-awards

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