PM Modi heads for Asean, may meet Donald Trump

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This week's forum here will include the annual East Asia Summit that will involve all 13 countries in the ASEAN Plus Three meeting and three others - Australia, New Zealand and Russian Federation. The Prime Minister is also scheduled to hold talks with Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte.

The Philippines will be Trump's last stop on a marathon tour that has taken him to Japan, South Korea, China as well as Vietnam.

The undersecretary of the Philippine Foreign Affairs Department, Enrique Manalo, chaired the meeting as part of the preparations in Manila to carry out that and other summits related to ASEAN that will begin tomorrow, to discuss the situation of the Rohingya refugees, and the increase of radicalization and extremism.

Mr Modi will attend the 15th Asean-India summit and the 12th East Asia summit on November 14.

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The organization is home to a combined 640 million people, including the Philippines, Vietnam, Indonesia and Myanmar.

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.

It focuses on economic, political, security and social issues.

He will also visit the worldwide rice research institute and the Mahavir Philippines Foundation.

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Speaking at a gathering of CEOs on the sidelines of the annual Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in the Vietnamese city of Danang, Trump cited India as one of the countries in the Indo-Pacific region making strides.

Narendra Modi's meeting with Donald Trump comes up in the backdrop of growing Chinese assertiveness in the South China Sea and south Asian region.

"Since India opened its economy, it has achieved astounding growth and a new world of opportunity for its expanding middle class, and PM Modi has been working to bring that vast country and all of its people together as one, and he's working at it very, very successfully indeed".

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