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Narendra Modi, Donald Trump to hold bilateral talks at ASEAN summit today

Narendra Modi and Donald Trump, who met briefly at a gala dinner for the ASEAN summion Sunday, would discuss counter-terrorism, trade and the security situation in the Indo-Pacific region

india Updated: Nov 13, 2017 12:25 IST
Jayanth Jacob
Jayanth Jacob
New Delhi, Hindustan Times
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi shakes hands with US President Donald Trump during a meeting in Manila on Sunday.(PTI Photo)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will have a packed schedule in Manila on Monday as he attends the opening ceremony of the 15th ASEAN­–India summit and holds bilateral meetings with US President Donald Trump and Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte.

Modi arrived in the Philippines capital on Sunday for a three-day visit during which he will also attend the 12th East Asia meet on Tuesday.

Modi and Trump, who met briefly at a gala dinner on Sunday, would discuss counter-terrorism, trade and the security situation in the Indo-Pacific region, where China has been expanding its military presence, sources said.

Issues related to South China Sea, North Korea’s nuclear missile tests and the overall security architecture in the region will come up for discussion during the ASEAN summit on Tuesday, diplomats said.

On the sidelines of the main events, Modi is also likely to have a series of other bilateral meetings with his counterparts of Japan and Australia, Shinzo Abe and Malcolm Turnbull.

Officials are also working on a meeting between Modi and Chinese premier Li Keqiang.

Modi will address the ASEAN-India and East Asia summits on Tuesday and take part in the special celebrations of the ASEAN grouping’s 50th anniversary.

Myanmar State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi, Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen, Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak, Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern are among the other prominent leaders who are in Manila.

The Association of South East Asian Nations (Asean) comprises Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.

“Every single country in the ASEAN region wants India to be more engaged in the region in every possible way. That is the real synergy we have with ASEAN,” Indian Ambassador to the Philippines Jaideep Mazumdar told PTI.

Counter-terrorism measures and radicalisation are among the issues to be discussed at the meets apart from maritime security, non-proliferation and migration.

Monday rush
  • 0900: Opening Ceremony of 31st ASEAN Summit;
  • 1025-1130: Visit to the International Rice Research Institute
  • 1200-1230: Visit to Mahaveer Philippines Foundation
  • 1530: Bilateral meeting with President Trump
  • 1630: Address at ASEAN Business and Investment Summit
  • 1815: Bilateral with President Duterte of the Philippines
  • 1905: Community Reception by Ambassador in honour of PM
  • (All local times. Indian time is 2:30 hours behind)

Apart from the 10 ASEAN member nations, East Asia Summit includes India, China, Japan, Republic of Korea, Australia, New Zealand, the United States and Russia.

Modi will also participate in the ASEAN Business and investment summit as well as a meeting of leaders of Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP).

The RCEP, comprising the ASEAN bloc and six other countries — India, China, Japan, South Korea, Australia and New Zealand — is engaged in negotiations for a free trade pact.

The ASEAN countries and India together have a population of 1.85 billion people, and a combined GDP of over $3.8 trillion. The investment between them range between $40–70 billion.

First Published: Nov 13, 2017 07:21 IST