Korean president to attend ASEAN meetings, bilateral summits

13 November, 2017, 04:19 | Author: Valerie Burke
  • Modi, Trump meeting likely on sidelines of Manila ASEAN event

These are the most important events of the year for ASEAN, with the participation of leaders from the 10 ASEAN member nations and the bloc's partners, which are major countries and important regional and global organisations. He will arrive on Sunday afternoon at the Ninoy Acquino International Airport in the city and then participate in the Special Gala Celebration in the evening. The US has been favoring a larger role for India in the strategically key Indo-Pacific region. And days later, Japanese foreign minister Taro Kono said that Tokyo favoured a dialogue between Japan, the US, India and Australia to boost strategic partnership among these countries.

It will be the first meeting between the two leaders following a proposal to have a quadrilateral alliance among India, the US, Japan, and Australia.

More recently, U.S. president Donald Trump referred to the term several times when he spoke to a group of business representatives from the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) grouping in Na Dang in Vietnam on Friday.

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".

It was Japan's prime minister Shinzo Abe who first proposed the idea of a quadrilateral grouping of "like minded" democracies. With China increasingly assuming an aggressive posture towards its neighbours and unabashedly staking claim to nearly all of the South China Sea, many in the region are looking to countries like India to possibly counterbalance China.

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

China on Sunday reached out to the Philippines by showing its inclination to opt for negotiating table to "appropriately handle" the South China Sea issue and said President Rodrigo Duterte's move to improve bilateral relations with Beijing will only help remove a "stumbling block".

Along with the 31st ASEAN Summit, the PM and the Vietnamese delegation are scheduled to participate in the 20th Meeting of the ASEAN Plus Three (China, Japan and the Republic of Korea), the ASEAN meetings with China, Japan, the Republic of Korea, India, the US, Canada, the European Union, and the United Nations.

China claims sovereignty over all of South China Sea, a huge source of hydrocarbons.

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