PM Modi holds talks with Japan, Australia and Vietnam counterparts — ASEAN Summit

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At the Asean-India Summit, Modi identified terrorism and extremism as the major challenges facing the region and said it was time to deal with it collectively.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today held a brief interaction with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang on the sidelines of the East Asia Summit here.

"India assures the ASEAN of its steady support towards achieving a rules-based regional security architecture that best attests to the region's interests and its peaceful development", he said. Modi also had bilateral meetings with Japanese PM Shinzo Abe, New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern, Australian PM Malcolm Turnbulland others.

"Together, we can make our two regions stronger".

The Prime Minister said that it was time for the ASEAN nations to jointly address the challenge of terrorism. "We reviewed the ground covered on various aspects of India-Japan ties and discussed ways to deepen cooperation between our economies and people", Modi tweeted.

The issue of China's aggressive posturing figured prominently during the ASEAN summit also. China claims sovereignty over nearly all of the South China Sea, a huge source of hydrocarbons.

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However, like all Asean agreements, the implementation of the Asean Consensus, which is legally non-binding, would be subject to the respective laws of the member countries, the statement added.

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

"We look forward to the East Asia Summit attaining greater salience in years to come".

Earlier on Sunday, Modi arrived in the Philippine capital on a three-day visit to attend the ASEAN-India and East Asia summit. India's investment in Asean during the same period has been more than $40 billion.

Duterte, whose country is the chair of ASEAN this year, handed over the chairmanship of ASEAN for 2018 to Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong.

Apart from the 10 ASEAN Member states, East Asia Summit includes India, China, Japan, Republic of Korea, Australia, New Zealand, United States and Russian Federation.

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