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Philippine president to impart "spirit of optimism" in APEC Summit in Japan

11-12-2010 14:52 BJT

MANILA, Nov. 11 (Xinhua) -- Philippine President Benigno Aquino III said on Thursday that he will impart the "spirit of optimism" prevailing in the Philippines to his counterparts when he attends the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit in Yokohama, Japan.

In his departure statement issued Thursday, Aquino said that he will take advantage of the new-found respect for the Philippines in the international community in his latest foreign trip.

"We have recovered our voice on the world stage. It is this spirit of optimism I wish to share, as your representative in APEC, in my interactions in this forum," he said.

Aquino said he will also meet with business leaders in Japan, reiterating his message that the Philippines is open for business and that his administration "has already carried out critical reforms aimed at effecting a long-term impact on our economy."

The President will return to Manila Monday.

Secretary Ricky Carandang of the Presidential Communications Development and Strategic Planning Office (PCDSPO) said in a separate news briefing that the Philippines is also seeking bilateral meetings with U.S. President Barack Obama, President Hu Jintao of China, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, and Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudyuhono.

Editor:Xiong Qu |Source: Xinhua

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