By Joel Mangahis / Pacific Times

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe hold a bilateral meeting at the Suntec Convention and Exhibition Centre in Singapore on November 15, 2018. KARL NORMAN ALONZO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

President Rodrigo Duterte is scheduled to undertake a bilateral meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at Nikkei’s 25th International Conference on the Future of Asia in Tokyo, Japan this week.

“This will be the 7th meeting between the two leaders taking place roughly about half a year since their meeting in November 2018,” explained Department of Foreign Affair’s Office of Asian and Pacific Affairs Secretary Meynardo Montealegre.

The meeting will take place immediately after Duterte delivers his keynote address at the Nikkei conference on May 31.

According to Montealegre, the top leaders will be discussing matters on defense and security, economic cooperation, infrastructure development, entry of Filipino skilled workers to Japan, Japanese assistance for the Bangsamoro region, as well as regional issues such as Korean Peninsula and the South China Sea.

“This will be an opportunity for both leaders to take stock of the progress of the strengthened strategic partnership between the Philippines and Japan in both areas of our mutually beneficial cooperation,” he said in a statement.

Montealegre added that the president will highlight Asia’s role in charting its own future and added “He will likely also highlight how addressing domestic imperatives provides the conditions by which we will collectively shape Asia’s future.”

With the theme “Seeking a New Global Order — Overcoming the Chaos”, expected attendees this year’s Nikkei Conference include Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir bin Mohamad, Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheik Hasina, Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen, Lao Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith, deputy prime ministers of Vietnam and Singapore and even  ministers from Japan, Brunei, Myanmar, Thailand, and Indonesia.