Philippines eyes potential in ASEAN-SCO-EEU cooperation

(From Sputnik)

The Philippines sees potential in cooperation between the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and the Russia-led Eurasian Economic Union (EEU) and the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) that require deeper confidence building, Philippine Ambassador to Russia Carlos Sorreta said Friday.

Flag-Pins-Philippines-RussiaThe Philippine envoy noted the difficulty of building strategic ties because “the parties do not sufficiently trust each other” and the Southeast Asian region’s status as “the only one in the world where three superpowers – Russia, China and the United States – are in a virtual rivalry.”

“This is potentially a problematic mix… We all need to work very hard to come to a strategic cooperation,” Sorreta stressed.

Russia is preparing to host a summit with the ASEAN member states on May 19-20 in Sochi, timed to the 20th anniversary since the establishment of the Russia-ASEAN Dialogue Partnership. Read more

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