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

15 November 2017, 11:13 | Taylor George

President Donald Trump and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi shake hands during a bilateral meeting at the ASEAN Summit

President Donald Trump and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi shake hands during a bilateral meeting at the ASEAN Summit

The East Asia Summit today adopted separate declarations on countering terror financing and effectively dealing with the challenges of terrorism as well as terrorist narratives in the region, a move which was welcomed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Modi's comments came a day after he and US President Donald Trump discussed shared commitment of the two countries for a free and open Indo-Pacific region.

The Indian Prime Minister arrived in the Philippines capital on Sunday for a three-day visit.

Modi will address the Asean-India and East Asia summits on Tuesday and it is to be seen whether he touches upon the sensitive issue.

"Be it in the fight against piracy, against illegal and unregulated fishing or any other type of transnational criminality at sea, the European Union has a strong record and know-how that we are sharing with ASEAN partners", Tusk said.

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

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

Noting that China and ASEAN announced plans to begin the next step of consultation on the text of a code of conduct in the South China Sea on Monday, Li said this shows a willingness from both China and ASEAN countries to properly handle differences through consultation and maintain peace and stability for the South China Sea.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi criticised the Congress and questioned the party's record on governance and also the scams that erupted before the 2014 elections. "It is time that we jointly address this challenge by intensifying cooperation in this crucial area", he said.

"We are committed to curtailing the threat of terrorism and violent extremism through information sharing and law enforcement cooperation, including through our Southeast Asia Aviation and Border Security program, as well as strengthening data exchange with Interpol", it added.

Favouring deepening of trade ties, Modi said, "Maritime links established thousands of years ago between India and ASEAN countries have enabled our trade relations in the past and we have to work closely to further strengthen them".

The situation in the South China Sea has been cooling down, Li said.

Investment from Asean to India has been over $70 billion in the last 17 years, accounting for more than 17% of India's total foreign direct investment.

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