Published: Wed, November 15, 2017
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

ASEAN Summit: PM Modi holds talks with Japan, Australia and Vietnam counterparts

ASEAN Summit: PM Modi holds talks with Japan, Australia and Vietnam counterparts

The participating members of the 12th East Asia Summit are Australia, Brunei, Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Japan, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, New Zealand, Philippines, Russia, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand, the U.S. and Vietnam.

In an address at the annual gathering of leaders of the grouping in Manila, the Prime Minister said India was looking forward to a greater role by the East Asia Summit in the region.

Seen as a reference to China's military manoeuvering at the South China Sea (SCS) which has cast a shadow over the ASEAN summit, Modi said India will continue its support to the ASEAN for achieving a rules-based security architecture in the region.

The East Asia Summit is the premier forum in the Asia-Pacific region.

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and his partner Honeylet pose for a photo with the leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) member states and dialogue partners prior to the start of the gala dinner hosted by the Philippines at the SMX Convention Center in Pasay City on November 12, 2017.

Modi also met Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and held a wide-ranging discussion on intensifying Special Strategic and Global Partnership between India and Japan.

RCEP is a 16-nation proposed free trade pact eyed to further strengthen ASEAN markets, namely Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam, and its major trading partners China, South Korea, Australia, India, Japan and New Zealand.

"In the ASEAN-US dialogue, North Korea was also discussed the one to de-escalate the tension and they want all parties to result in diplomatic talks and negotiations as a means of resolving the conflict", he said.

The India-ASEAN Commemorative Summit, as the event is officially known, is an worldwide trade meet in which India holds dialogue with the ASEAN nations to celebrate New Delhi's diplomatic relations with these countries.

Modi said 1.25 billion people of India are keen to welcome the ASEAN leaders as the chief guests at India's 69th Republic Day Celebrations.

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