President Obama said the words that we want him to say at the opening of the U.S.Asean Summit in Sunnylands yesterday.
” As leaders we have to answer to the aspirations of our people, reaffirm that a strong, prosperous and inclusive society requires good governance, rule of law, accountable institutions, vibrant civil,society and hop holding human rights”.
He summarizes the agenda as:
1/ economic growth that is inclusive, creating employment for all;
2/ mutual security, peaceful resolutions to disputes;
3/ human dignity, respect for human rights;
4/ development that is sustainable.
He uses the case of Burma as a good model.
More work to be done. I am returning to Washington DC early March for follow up work.
Hundreds of Cambodian Americans from around the country were protesting strongly and visibly at the summit site yesterday.