Asean summit kicks off in Manila as China shadow looms

Asean summit kicks off in Manila as China shadow looms

The meeting was part of the ASEAN summit held in Manila.

Guo Yanjun, deputy director of the Institute of Asian Studies at China Foreign Affairs University, said the premier's reiteration of China's stance on the South China Sea issue sends a signal that China has the competence and wisdom to properly handle the issue.

"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. However, several Asean members including Vietnam, the Philippines and Brunei have counter claims. China claims sovereignty over nearly all of the South China Sea, a huge source of hydrocarbons. "We hadextensive discussions on enhancing India-Philippines bilateral cooperation especially in trade, business and culture", he tweeted.

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

"India assures the ASEAN of its steady support towards achieving a rules-based regional security architecture that best attests to the region's interests and its peaceful development", he said.

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Earlier today, PM Modi attended the opening ceremony of the 31st ASEAN Summit here.

He encouraged the 10+3 leaders to formulate a common passion in pushing for the swift conclusion of a regional trade agreement on the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP). India's investment in Asean during the same period has been more than $40 billion.

He asked Indians to work hard to ensure that the 21st century belongs to India and said his government was making every effort to transform the country and take it to new heights. "The task of transforming India is proceeding at an unprecedented scale".

"The meetings were already running beyond schedule so, to avoid further delaying the ASEAN-UN Summit, it was decided that SFA (Cayetano) represent the President while he was meeting bilaterally with the other leaders", he said.

He said the regional countries have the confidence, wisdom and ability to properly handle the South China Sea issue and turn the area into a sea of stability, friendship and cooperation.

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