Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the present day stated enhancing all types of connectivity, together with in social, digital and monetary spheres, with the 10-nation ASEAN grouping is a significant precedence for India.
He made the remarks at a digital summit between India and the ASEAN.
“We believe a cohesive and responsive ASEAN is needed for security and growth for all in the region,” PM Modi stated.
He additionally stated that there are lots of similarities between India’s ‘Indo Pacific Oceans Initiative’ and ASEAN’s ‘Outlook on Indo Pacific’.
“Enhancing every type of connectivity between India and ASEAN – physical, economic, social, digital, financial, maritime – is a major priority for us. In the last few years, we have come close to all these areas,” he stated.
Speaking on the 17th ASEAN-India Summit. https://t.co/z87EjxG93l
– Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) November 12, 2020
The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) is taken into account one of the influential groupings within the area, and India and a number of other different international locations together with the US, China, Japan and Australia are its dialogue companions.
The summit is happening amid China’s aggressive behaviour within the disputed South China Sea in addition to in jap Ladakh. Various ASEAN international locations have territorial disputes with China within the South China Sea.
The 10 member international locations of ASEAN are Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Brunei, Vietnam, Laos, Myanmar and Cambodia.
The ties between India and ASEAN have been on an upswing in the previous few years with focus being on ramping up cooperation within the areas of commerce and funding in addition to safety and defence.
The ASEAN area together with India collectively includes a mixed inhabitants of 1.85 billion folks, which is one fourth of the worldwide inhabitants and their mixed GDP has been estimated at over USD 3.eight trillion.
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