1. The 20th ASEAN-Japan Summit was held on 13 November 2017 in Manila, Philippines. The Summit was chaired by H.E. Rodrigo Roa Duterte, President of the Republic of the Philippines. The Summit was attended by all Heads of State/Government of ASEAN Member States and H.E. Shinzo Abe, Prime Minister of Japan. The Secretary-General of ASEAN was also in attendance.
2. ASEAN Leaders acknowledged Japan’s unwavering support, especially in the first decade of ASEAN’s formation, and valued the long-standing friendship and cooperation between ASEAN and Japan. We recognised that ASEAN-Japan relations have matured into a strategic partnership for peace, stability, prosperity, quality of life and mutual trust and understanding. We traced the beginnings of today’s robust ASEAN-Japan relations to 1977 when the Fukuda Doctrine veered Japan’s foreign policy approach towards a “heart-to-heart” relationship with the ASEAN region based on equal partnership.
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