Modi, Trump shakes hands at ASEAN dinner, meeting tomorrow


Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday left for a three-day visit to Philippines where he will attend the 15th India-Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit, the 12th East Asia Summit besides holding bilateral talks with world leaders.

Trump arrived in the Philippines to attend a pair of global summits and close his five-country tour of Asia. "PM Narendra Modi departs for Philippines to attend the @ASEAN and East Asia Summits in Manila", MEA spokesperson Raveesh Kumar tweeted. Coincidentally, India is also marking 25 years of ties with the Asean this year and hopes to host all Asean leaders at a commemorative summit in New Delhi in January 2018. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte greeted Trump and other leaders one by one as they arrived at a convention center in Manila for the glitzy event.

In a statement today, the foreign ministry said officials of all four countries met "for consultations on the issues of common interest in the Indo-Pacific region".

". our two countries do have different views on certain issues and our relations encountered a setback due to the South China Sea issue".

Modi's meeting with Trump comes right after Trump's visit to China.

The India-Asean Summit brings together, India, the US, Japan and Australia to revive an alliance called the Quadrilateral.

In his meetings with Trump and Abe, Modi could also discuss alternatives to China's ambitious Belt and Road Initiative - unveiled by Beijing in May to connect China by land and sea to Southeast Asia, Pakistan and Central Asia, and beyond to the Middle East, Europe and Africa.

Trump is scheduled to hold official bilateral talk with Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on the sidelines of the Manila summit.

The three-day visit to Phillipines includes a bilateral meeting with several global leaders.

Mr Modi will also take part in special celebrations of the 50th anniversary of Asean, Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership Leaders' Meeting and Asean Business and Investment Summit.

In a near similar statement on its website, the Japanese foreign ministry said "participants discussed the direction for cooperation including with countries in the region, in upholding the rules-based order and respect for worldwide law in the Indo-Pacific".

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