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SIPDIS

SIPDIS

E.O. 12958: DECL: 01/30/2012
TAGS: PREL ECIN XE RP
SUBJECT: POSSIBLE OPPORTUNITY FOR INCREASED U.S. ENGAGEMENT AT ASEAN/EAST ASIA SUMMITS

REF: A. MANILA 242
¶B. MANILA 179

Classified By: Ambassador Kristie A. Kenney, reason 1.4 (d)

¶1. (C) Our experience with the Philippines’ hosting of the
ASEAN and East Asia summits last month indicates that USG
attendance at the Assistant Secretary-level in future summits
is worth consideration. We cannot tell how other hosts might
act, but the Philippine President and Foreign Secretary
repeatedly suggested informally USG participation in the
summits. We dismissed this idea since the U.S. is not a
member of any of the summit groupings. But the observations
of our Political Counselor on the scene indicated that the
organization of the summits presented opportunities for
senior level U.S. participation in bilaterals and in informal
gatherings or meals, which is when much of the real
discussions happened anyway (not in stilted formal sessions).
The French and Timor Leste ministers participated in this
fashion. While there may not be much policy rationale for
attending the group events, the wide range of bilateral
possibilities could be useful, and the public diplomacy
impact of senior USG attendance at ASEAN/East Asia summits
could be big and reassuring, at least here in the
Philippines, where there was concern at perceived lack of
U.S. engagement. Such attendance could be relatively brief:
a 24 hour stop for bilaterals and a dinner with foreign
ministers. We have not gone back to discuss this idea with
Philippine counterparts because it is OBE for the Philippine
chairmanship, but it might be worth exploring informally with
Singaporean counterparts in advance of the November summits
there.

¶2. (C) We recognize that the attendees below the leaders
are almost the same as those who meet each year at the
PMC/ARF, albeit fewer, and so a non-participatory U.S.
presence at the ASEAN/East Asia summits would be somewhat
duplicative. But the growing reality is that the ASEAN/East
Asia summits are emerging as a new building block in the
regional architecture for Asia, in which the U.S. does not
yet have a room — although it may have an open invitation.

¶3. (C) We would welcome further thinking about whether the
U.S. might helpfully expand its presence at the next round of
summits to be hosted by Singapore in November 2007. The Cebu
experience revealed a utility for such a role, along with a
definite desire by our friends to have us there.

Visit Embassy Manila’s Classified website:
http://www.state.sgov.gov/p/eap/manila/index. cfm

KENNEY

   

 

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