ASEAN Summit: PM Modi, Australia PM Turnbull hold bilateral meeting

The leaders are expected to discuss issues relating to terrorism situation in Afghanistan and North Korea's nuclear and missile tests among others

The leaders are expected to discuss issues relating to terrorism situation in Afghanistan and North Korea's nuclear and missile tests among others

The issue is understood to have figured in Modi's talks with Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his Australian counterpart Malcolm Turnbull.

The summit was attended by US President Donald Trump, President Duterte, and other ASEAN leaders at the Philippine International Convention Center.

Reporting from Manila, PTI said that the remarks were made while addressing the Indian diaspora in the Philippines capital.

Addessing the 20th ASEAN Plus Three (APT) summit on Tuesday, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang said China proposed to advance the construction of an East Asia Economic Community so as to promote regional integration and common development.

Since 2005, the annual meeting of leaders of 18 countries, including 10 ASEAN member states and eight dialogue partners, serves as a forum for dialogue on broad strategic issues of relevance to East Asia as well as other regional and global issues, focusing on areas such as worldwide terrorism, energy, infectious diseases, sustainable development and poverty reduction.

On Sunday, India, Australia, Japan and the USA held their first meeting to give shape to the much talked about quadrilateral alliance to keep the Indo-Pacific region "free and open".

To effectively fight the threat of terrorism and violent extremism, the United States and 10 Southeast Asian countries have agreed to bolster cooperation in information sharing, law enforcement, and border security.

The Prime Minister said that it was time for the ASEAN nations to jointly address the challenge of terrorism.

In the declaration on countering ideological challenge of terrorism and terrorist narratives and propaganda, the leaders of the EAS resolved to take all possible measures to stop spread of terrorism and violent extremism in accordance with the global law and principles of UN Charter. However, several ASEAN member countries including Vietnam, Philippines and Brunei have counter claims. "I look forward to a befitting culmination of the commemorative year and receiving you at the India-ASEAN Special Commemorative Summit on 25 January 2018 in New Delhi", he said.

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

Investment from ASEAN to India has been over $70 billion in the last 17 years accounting for more than 17% of India's total FDI.

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