Asia Society is delighted to host His Excellency Teodoro L. Locsin Jr., Secretary for Foreign Affairs of the Philippines, for an address and discussion with the Hon. Kevin Rudd, President of the Asia Society Policy Institute. The discussion will be on the country’s relations with China, and the situation in the South China Sea/West Philippine Sea.
H.E. Teodoro L. Locsin, Jr. is the Secretary of Foreign Affairs of the Philippines. Prior to assuming this position, he served as Permanent Representative of the Philippines to the United Nations. A lawyer by profession and a journalist by trade, he holds a Master of Laws from Harvard Law School, and was publisher, editorial writer, and co- anchor and host of a number of national broadsheets and radio and TV news shows. In government, he served as legal counsel and speechwriter to President Corazon Aquino, and speechwriter to Presidents Joseph Estrada and Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. He was also elected to the Philippine House of Representatives, representing the First District of Makati City from 2001 to 2010.
The Hon. Kevin Rudd is inaugural President of the Asia Society Policy Institute. He served as 26th Prime Minister of Australia (2007 to 2010, 2013) and as Foreign Minister (2010 to 2012). He is Chair of the Board of the International Peace Institute in New York, and Chair of Sanitation and Water for All, a global partnership of government and non-government organizations dedicated to the implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 6. He is a Distinguished Fellow at Chatham House and the Paulson Institute, and a Distinguished Statesman with the Center for Strategic and International Studies. He is also a member of the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty Organization’s Group of Eminent Persons.
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