From: Jessica Stone
Sent: Tuesday, February 16, 2016 9:48 AM
To: Allen, Jessica L. EOP/WHO
Subject: FOREIGN PRESS POOL: ARRIVALS. Kerry says working on strong statement on South China Sea
Peter Selfridge, US Ambassador of Protocol greeted the delegations and walked them between a US and ASEAN flag at the historic house at Sunnylands where US President Barack Obama met with Chinese President Xi Jinping in 2013 and Jordan's King Abdullah in 2014.
The leaders are arriving for the second meeting period of the summit which will focus on strategic issues such as counter terrorism and maritime security.
The South China Sea disputes have heated up over the past two years. Four members of ASEAN and China claim a series of Islands in the South China Sea. None of the claims has been resolved. China now has built three airstrips on reefs in two island chains and the US, fearing interruption of commerce through this important waterway has sent two freedom of navigation patrols through the disputed waters. It's important to note that no claimant has attempted to block commercial ships passing through this area. Nonetheless the US is expected to push ASEAN for a strong joint statement supporting freedom of navigation in the South China Sea. The most recent meeting of ASEAN defense ministers failed to do so. ASEAN is a consensus driven decision making body. All 10 members must agree to produce a statement.
ASEAN SECRETARY GENERAL Le Luong Minh
INDONESIA president Joko Widodo
Thailand PM Prayut Chan-o-Cha
Vietnam Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung waves to reporters as he entered
Myanmar Vice President
At that point, Secretary of State john Kerry showed up and greeted the Vice President conferred with the ambassador and
PM Cambodia Hun Sen got a warmer greeting than yesterday
Your pooler asked Kerry if there would be a joint statement on the South China Sea. He said yes. Asked if it would be stronger than previous attempts he responded "we are working it through"
Sultan of Brunei Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu'izzadin Wad'aulah was greeted very warmly by John Kerry who said he knew him in Boston when he studied there.
Philippines President Benigno Aquino walked with a visible limp.
FM Albert Rosario followed getting a warm greeting and moved slowly into the center.
Prime minister Najib Razak of Malaysia
Pm Singapore Lee Hsien Loong greeted Kerry saying it was a beautiful day for a summit.
President of Laos chair of ASEAN Choummaly Sayasone rounded out the group
Please double check spelling on all these names.
White House Correspondent
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