- Ahead of the visit, Foreign Secretary William Hague said:
"Today Britain is looking East as never before, as Asia continues its historic economic and political transformation.
"Closer ties with Asian countries have never been more important for the UK. The ten economies of ASEAN absorb more UK exports than mainland China and have a larger combined economy than India. South East Asia is home to several of the world’s fastest growing economies. The steps we are taking to build stronger relations in the region are crucial to the UK’s security and prosperity. On this visit I will be championing Britain as a home for Asian business and investment in Europe."