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Modi at ASEAN Summit Live: PM says task of transforming India proceeding at unprecedented scale

US President Donald Trump and India prime minister Narendra Modi met on Monday for bilateral talks at the ASEAN-India summit. Here are the latest updates.

india Updated: Nov 13, 2017 16:03 IST
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PM Modi speaking at the ASEAN Business and Investment summit in Manila on November 13, 2017.
PM Modi speaking at the ASEAN Business and Investment summit in Manila on November 13, 2017.(ANI/Twitter)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi met US President Donald Trump on Monday on the sidelines of the 15th ASEAN­–India summit in Philippines. “...we are working for future interests of Asia and humanity,” Modi said, according to news agency ANI.

Modi and Trump, who met Trump briefly at a gala dinner on Sunday, were expected to discuss counter-terrorism, trade and the security situation in the Indo-Pacific region in Monday’s meeting, sources said.

Modi, who arrived in Manila on Sunday for a three-day visit, will also attend the opening ceremony of the 15th ASEAN­–India summit and hold another bilateral meeting with Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte. He will also attend the 12th East Asia meet on Tuesday.

Below are the live updates:

3.40pm: Modi says, “The government of India’s ‘Act East Policy’ puts ASEAN region at the centre of our engagement. Just as India sees business opportunity in the region, I am sure ASEAN recognises business potential in India .”

The prime minister said he wanted to make India a global manufacturing hub with the youth of the country as job creators.

3.39pm: “Keeping our emphasis on ‘Minimum Government, Maximum Governance’, about 1200 outdated laws have been repealed in the last three years... Most sectors of the Indian economy are open for foreign investment,” the prime minister says.

3.38pm: Modi says, “Digital transactions have increased significantly. We are using technology to reach out to people.”

3.35pm: PM Modi speaks at the ASEAN Business and Investment summit in Manila.

“Task of transforming India is proceeding at an unprecedented scale. We are working day and night towards easy, effective and transparent governance,” he says.

2:32pm: PM Modi says he is happy to get another opportunity to meet President Donald Trump.

2:20pm: “Relations between India and US are growing. Our relations go beyond, we are working for the future interests of Asia and humanity, says Modi during a meeting with Trump.

2:15pm: Modi holds bilateral talks with Trump in Manila, Philippines: ANI

12:05pm: PM Modi visits Mahaveer Viklang Sahayata Samiti, the world’s largest organisation rehabilitating disabled by providing free of cost artificial limbs, calipers and other aids.

10:00am: The Prime Minister interacted with several Indian scientists working at IRRI

Prime Minister Narendra Modi with IRRI Director General Matthew Morell at the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), in Los Banos, Philippines on Monday. (PTI Photo)

9:45am: PM Modi visited International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) in Los Banos in Philippines and inaugurated Resilient Rice Field Laboratory

7:30am: World leaders pose for a group photograph at the opening ceremony of 31st ASEAN Summit (ANI Photo)

The quad move

A day ahead of the key meeting between Trump and Modi, India, the US, Japan and Australia stressed on a “free and inclusive” Indo-Pacific region, signalling a broader alliance to counter China.

Seen as a first major move towards the quadrilateral security dialogue, or the “quad”, the first meeting between officials from the four countries stressed on cooperation for promoting peace and stability in an increasingly inter-connected region, a release issued after the meeting said. A free, prosperous and inclusive Indo-Pacific region would serve the long-term interests of all countries in the region and of the world at large, it said.

The term Indo-Pacific gained currency recently, with its usage growing across diplomatic and security circles in US, Australia, India and Japan. Beijing prefers “Asia-Pacific” but to many the term placed an authoritarian China too firmly at the centre.