Published: Mon, November 13, 2017
Culture&Arts | By Hattie Nash

Korean president to attend ASEAN meetings, bilateral summits

Korean president to attend ASEAN meetings, bilateral summits

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will hold bilateral talks with US President Donald Trump and President Duterte of Philippines.

PM Modi will attend the India-ASEAN and East Asia summits during his three day visit to the country.

"Embarking on tour of constructive engagements".

"We expect the leaders to announce the negotiations but the actual start of the negotiations will probably happen sometime next year", said Bolivar said during a press conference at the International Media Center over the weekend.

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Trump is also scheduled to arrive here on Monday as part of his five-nation Asia tour that will cover Japan, South Korea, China, Vietnam, and the Philippines.

China is expected to play a positive role in the upcoming RCEP talks, which will be the first leaders' meeting since its launch in 2012.

Trump on Friday praised India's "astounding" growth after it opened up its economy and also lauded Modi, saying he has been working successfully to bring the vast country and its people together.

He praised India as a sovereign democracy with a population of over 1 billion as well as the largest democracy in the world.

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Relations between China and ASEAN - Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam - have grown in recent years, with trade reaching over 452 billion US dollars in 2016.

In a statement on Saturday, Modi said it will be his first bilateral visit to the ASEAN member state.

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".

Also, the next year marks the 15th anniversary of the China-ASEAN strategic partnership, and a new page is to be turned on relations between China and the 10-nation bloc.

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Ahead of the annual summit of the ASEAN, an influential grouping of 10 South East Asian countries, a number of diplomats said the thorny issue of China's aggressive military buildup in the South China Sea may be one of the focus areas of the deliberations on Tuesday. PM Modi will also hold bilateral meetings with Filipino President Rodrigo Duterte, Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe and Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull among others.

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