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Prime Minister Narendra Modi departed for a three-day visit to the Philippines to attend the 15th Association Of South Asian national India Summit and the 12th East Asia Summit in Manila on November 14th. On November 13th the Prime Minister will attend the ASEAN business investment Summit.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will also have a bilateral meeting with current Chair of ASEAN and President of Philippines, Rodrigo Duterte. He will also participate in the special celebration to mark the 50th anniversary of ASEAN. On November 14, he will attend the regional comprehensive meeting in Manila, trying to enhance India’s trade and investment ties with ASEAN member states, which constitute a significant over 10 percent of India’s total external trade.

Meeting With POTUS

Indian Prime Minister Modi and US President Donald Trump are likely to meet to have a bilateral meeting on, Monday on the sidelines of the ASEAN Summit.

This meeting will be the First meeting for a quadrilateral alliance among India, The US, Japan, and Australia.

Japan last month had indicated to have top-level dialogues with the US, India, and Australia. sources said an alliance of the four countries may meet on the sidelines of the ASEAN Summit here.

On Japanese move, India said that he is ready to work with like-minded countries on issues that advance its interests. The US had said that he is looking at “working level” quadrilateral meeting in the near future in term with India, Japan, and Australia.

Japan’s Foreign Minister Taro Komo had said that Tokyo favours a dialogue among Japan, India, The US, and Australia.

The move to set the quadrilateral comes in the backdrop of growing Chinese assertiveness in south China sea. The US wants India to play a key role in the strategically important Indo Pacific region.

On the whole, US wants to counter the rise of China by this quadrilateral alliance.

On his maiden visit to the Philippines as Prime Minister Modi will also attend a reception by the Indian community and he will also visit the International Rice Research Institute and Mahavira Philippines foundation.

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