PM Modi, Donald Trump Shake Hands At ASEAN Dinner, Meeting Tomorrow

Image US President Donald Trump and Vietnam's President Tran Dai Quang

Image US President Donald Trump and Vietnam's President Tran Dai Quang

PM Modi will attend the India-ASEAN and East Asia summits during his three day visit to the country.

President Trump shook hands with PM Modi during a brief meeting on the sidelines of a dinner to mark the 50th Anniversary of Association of South-East Asian Nations (ASEAN).

Foreign Affairs spokesman Robespierre Bolivar said the leaders on November 13 are expected to take note of the adoption and to announce the formal start of the negotiations of the actual COC that was adopted last August 6 during a meeting of foreign ministers in Manila. The US had said it was looking at a "working-level" quadrilateral meeting in the near term with India, Japan and Australia. And days later, Japanese foreign minister Taro Kono said that Tokyo favoured a dialogue between Japan, the US, India and Australia to boost strategic partnership among these countries.

U.S. secretary of state Rex Tillerson made several references to the "Indo-Pacific region" in a speech at a think tank in Washington last month.

PM Modi will have a bilateral meeting with US President Donald Trump at the ASEAN summit, sources told WION.

While in Manila for the ASEAN meeting, the South Korean leader will also hold bilateral talks with the leaders of the Philippines and Singapore.

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. The Moon-Li meeting follows Moon's bilateral summit with Chinese President Xi Jinping on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation meeting in Danang, Vietnam, earlier this week.

He will also visit the global rice research institute and the Mahavir Philippines Foundation.

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.

While on a state visit to Indonesia, an ASEAN member, the South Korean leader unveiled a plan to increase his country's annual trade with ASEAN to more than US$200 billion by 2020.

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

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