We Need to Fight Terrorism Together: Modi at ASEAN Summit
PM Modi will attend the 15th India-ASEAN Summit and the 12th East Asia Summit in Manila on Tuesday.
Confident Visit Will Boost India-Manila Relations: PM Modi
In his departure statement, PM Modi said that he is confident that his visit will “boost India’s bilateral relations with the Philippines and also further strengthen the politico-security, economic and socio-cultural pillars of our engagement with ASEAN.” He said:
During my first visit to the Philippines, I look forward to have a bilateral meeting with Duterte. I will also have interactions with other ASEAN and East Asia Summit Leaders.
Modi is also scheduled to visit the Philippines chapter of the Bhagwan Mahaveer Viklang Sahayata Samiti, the world's largest organisation rehabilitating disabled by providing free of cost artificial limbs, calipers and other aids.
The Prime Minister said the visit to the Mahaveer Philippines Foundation in Manila “will demonstrate India's support for its activities in distributing free prosthesis 'Jaipur Foot' among the needy amputees.”
PM Modi Expected to Hold Bilateral Talks With President Duterte
Ahead of the summits, Modi is expected to hold a bilateral meeting with Filipino President Roberto Duterte on 12 November
Meetings with other leaders including US President Donald Trump, Chinese President Xi Jinping and Russian President Vladimir Putin are likely on the sidelines.
Modi is also likely to participate in special celebrations of the 50th anniversary of ASEAN, Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) Leaders' Meeting and ASEAN Business and Investment Summit.
Modi arrives in Philippines for ASEAN, East Asia Summits
Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived in Manila on 12 November on a three-day visit. Hei will attend the 15th India-ASEAN Summit and the 12th East Asia Summit in Manila on Tuesday, 14 November.
External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar tweeted:
This is the first Prime Ministerial visit from India to the Philippines in 36 years since the visit of Indira Gandhi in 1981. The year 2017 also marks the 25th anniversary of the India-ASEAN dialogue partnership and the golden jubilee of the formation of ASEAN.
The Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) comprises Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.
PM Modi Meets President Duterte and President Trump in Manila
PM Modi met US President Donald Trump and Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte on his three-day visit to the Philippines to attend the India-ASEAN and the East Asia summits.
PM Modi also met Chinese Premier Li Keqiang and Malaysian PM Najib Razak on the sidelines of the summit.
South China Sea Issue May Dominate ASEAN Summit
With China's controversial military buildup in the South China Sea likely to be a major issue at the ASEAN summit, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang reiterated Beijing's long-held position that it wants to bilaterally resolve its disputes on the issue with its neighbours.
In an article published in leading newspapers in China, Li admitted that the bilateral relationship between China and the Philippines had "encountered a setback" due to the South China Sea issue but it was back on track due to appropriate handling of the issue by the two sides.
The Chinese premier, who will be here for the ASEAN and East Asia summits, said Beijing will actively explore joint development of the South China sea to make it a "sea of cooperation and friendship" for the benefit of the two countries.
China will work with the Philippines to continue to properly handle the maritime issues through friendly bilateral consultation by giving full play to such mechanisms as the Bilateral Consultation Mechanism on the South China Sea.
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