PM Modi is likely to articulate the fact that India’s Act East Policy is shaped around the ASEAN, and its centrality in the regional security architecture of the Indo-Pacific region, according to reports.
ASEAN Summit 2018: With an aim to emphasize on ‘maritime cooperation and security’, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will host a ‘retreat’ for 10 visiting ASEAN leaders at Rashtrapati Bhavan. This retreat will be a message to China as the Beijing’s maritime activities have impinged on the security of almost every country in the ASEAN bloc. President Ram Nath Kovind will be hosting lunch for the visiting dignitaries. It has been learnt that the two-hour long retreat will also include a walk in the Mughal Gardens at Rashtrapati Bhavan.
PM Modi is likely to articulate the fact that India’s Act East Policy is shaped around the ASEAN, and its centrality in the regional security architecture of the Indo-Pacific region, according to reports. With India’s strategic interests in Southeast and East Asia increasing, New Delhi — during the India-ASEAN commemorative summit on Thursday — is expected to assure the ASEAN countries of its ‘steady and strong’ support towards achieving a ‘rules-based regional security architecture’, which takes care of the region’s interests and its peaceful development, reports said.
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PM Modi had yesterday held bilateral meetings with ASEAN leaders, including Myanmar’s State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi, and discussed key bilateral and regional issues. After the meeting between Modi and the Myanmarese leader, External affairs ministry spokesman Raveesh Kumar tweeted, “The two leaders had a productive discussion on intensifying bilateral cooperation, including follow up on key decisions taken during PM’s visit to Myanmar in September 2017.”
Yesterday’s meeting came nearly a month after India and Myanmar inked an agreement on restoration of normalcy and development of the Rakhine State, from where thousands of Rohingya Muslims recently fled following incidents of violence against the community. Signed during Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar’s visit to Myanmar, the pact was the first government to government agreement by Myanmar with a cooperation partner focused on socio-economic development and livelihood initiatives in the Rakhine State.
The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) comprises Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Myanmar (Burma), Cambodia, Laos and Brunei. All the 10 ASEAN leaders will also be the chief guests at the Republic Day parade.