Modi, Trump likely to meet at ASEAN summit today

Modi, Trump likely to meet at ASEAN summit today

He will address the ASEAN Bussiness and Investment Summit and later attend a Community Reception.

USA secretary of state Rex Tillerson made several references to the "Indo-Pacific region" in a speech at a think tank in Washington last month. The two leaders are scheduled to formally meet tomorrow.

Special Celebrations of the 50th anniversary of ASEAN, Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) Leaders' Meeting and ASEAN Business and Investment Summit will also be an engagement during his visit.

Japan last month had indicated that it would propose a top-level dialog with the US, India and Australia.

PM Modi will have a bilateral meeting with US President Donald Trump at the ASEAN summit, sources told WION. "The officials also exchanged views on addressing common challenges of terrorism and proliferation linkages impacting the region as well as on enhancing connectivity", it added. "Our Prime Minister's will visit this to demonstrate our India's support to this very important charitable activity". Back then, India and Australia were seen as diffident about joining the initiative. Mr Trump hosted Mr Modi in the White House in June beginning their formal interaction since the former took charge in January.

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While there are going to be significant bilateral on the sidelines of the Summit level meetings, the Modi-Trump meeting is also crucial because it comes right after President Donald Trump's visit to China and the support that United States has extended to China's Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), a move that India considers counter productive to the transparency and equality in growth of the region.

In his Na Dang speech, Trump had spoken of urging the World Bank and Asian Development Bank to focus on infrastructure funding in the region that would promote economic growth. It will be followed the next day by the so-called ASEAN Plus Three summit that will also involve the leaders of China and Japan, according to Seoul's presidential office Cheong Wa Dae.

He said his participation in the two summits symbolises India's commitment to continue deepening relationship with ASEAN member states, in particular, and with the Indo-Pacific region, in general, within the framework of the government's Act East Policy.

India has been supporting freedom of navigation and access to resources in the South China Sea in accordance with principles of global law, including the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea.

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