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Clark gears up to welcome world leaders

Jakarta   /   Sat, November 11 2017   /  12:27 am

Clark, the pride of Pampanga province in the Philippines, is putting on its glad rags to welcome world leaders including President Donald Trump and President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo, South Korean President Moon Jae-in and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.Leaders of the 10 ASEAN member states -- China, Japan, Korea, the US, India, Russia, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and Timor Leste -- will arrive in Clark to attend the 31st ASEAN Summit, gala dinner to commemorate the Golden Jubilee of ASEAN and the 12th East Asia Summit and related meetings, which will be held in Clark and Manila on Monday and Tuesday. UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and a delegate from the European Union will also be in attendance. Many people may wonder why President Rodrigo Duterte selected Clark instead of Manila to host all these world leaders. The Philippines had a bad experience in 2015 when it hosted ...