• Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte hopes that Asean can sign a binding deal with Beijing to keep the peace in the South China Sea.

• He wants to ensure that Asean is not made a "proxy" for rivalries among the world's superpowers.

• The President aspires to level as many speed bumps slowing the march as possible, to fully realise the promise of Asean integration.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on April 23, 2017, with the headline 'INSIGHTS INTO DUTERTE'S PLANS'. Subscribe